LEGAL & JUDICIAL REFORM
Agriteam is working in Europe and South East Asia to promote the rule of law and improve access to justice. We provide advice and support to government partners, such as Justice Ministries and the judiciary; lead multi-stakeholder public policy dialogues; and create opportunities for information sharing and learning about best practices and similar reform experiences around the world.
We engage technical experts to assist in developing strategic directions, polices and related legal and regulatory frameworks to support reforms in accordance with international legal and human rights standards. We also support stakeholders, including the judiciary, other legal professionals and extra-judicial service providers, in designing and delivering training plans and materials.
OUR EXPERTISE INCLUDES:
- Drafting and implementation of legislative and regulatory frameworks
- Judicial and court reform
- Training of judges and court officers
- Support to law enforcement institutions
- Public legal education and legal aid
- Promotion and protection of human rights
- Development of legal professionals
- Access to justice, particularly for poor and marginalized communities including women, children and youth.
Agriteam’s legal and judicial reform projects have strengthened the capacity of judges and courts to apply new practices and incorporate international standards related to the rights of women and children.
OUR LEGAL & JUDICIAL REFORM PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS
UKRAINE: Expert Deployment for Governance and Economic Growth (EDGE) (Global Affairs Canada, 2014 – 2019)
UKRAINE: Juvenile Justice Reform Project (UJJRP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2007 – 2017)
CHINA: Policy Options Project (POP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2005 –2014)
Over the life of the project, 45 sub-projects were selected to receive funding. As a result of China POP interventions, over 64 policy studies were completed, 10 new policy implementation strategies were introduced, and 38 new policies were adopted. In addition to mainstreaming gender equality into all of its sub-projects, China POP also supported two policy initiatives directly supporting women: the Policy Framework for the Establishment of the National Women Education and Training System was developed and implemented, and the Chinese Maternity Insurance Law (Jan 1, 2012) expanded the scope of coverage of maternity insurance and benefits by broadening the category of employers that are required to provide coverage.
VIETNAM: Judicial Development and Grassroots Engagement (JUDGE) (Global Affairs Canada, 2006 – 2013)
To meet these objectives, Agriteam employed a variety of innovative solutions including the use of select pilot courts to test administrative reforms. These reforms are now being included in the recent amendments to the Vietnam Civil Procedure Code (2015), which provides the legal framework to have them instituted in all courts across Vietnam. Further innovations led by Agriteam included support to the Ministry of Justice to develop mechanisms for public engagement in the legislative drafting process, as well as partnering with the National Judicial Institute of Canada to facilitate judge-led, peer-to-peer judicial training programs. Lastly, the development of national legislative and judicial standards of consistency resulted in improved efficiency and fairness in court proceedings, and enhanced public consultation on draft legislation and dissemination of new legislation improved public understanding and acceptance of legal reforms.