Under the auspices of the EU’s Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia, the Rule of Law Platform project acts as a coordination mechanism to facilitate policy dialogue and promote the measures needed to encourage and support legal and governance reforms in each of the Central Asian countries.
The Platform focuses on Administrative Law and Administrative Procedure, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, and Judicial Reform. These constitute the “common work agenda” agreed on by representatives from the five CA countries at the ministerial conferences in Brussels (2008), Dushanbe (2010) and Brussels (2012).
To further the goals of the Rule of Law Initiative and political dialogue, the project supports the Central Asian partners with core legal and judicial reforms. In this way it contributes towards the development of a stable and democratic political framework, functioning economic structures and the promotion and respect of human rights, as called for by the EU strategy for Central Asia.
Major partners in the Central Asian countries are the supreme and constitutional courts as well as the five Ministries of Justice and Ministries of the Interior (Rule of Law Initiative Coordinators), parliamentary organs, lawyers, public prosecutors, legal aid providers, members of other legal professions, training centres, universities and civil society representatives.
As agreed at ministerial level, the expected results are the following:
Conferences and technical working group seminars will focus on priority areas. Recommendations will be provided to enhance policy coherence. New ways for the EU to assist the legal and judicial reform will be identified.
The development of training programmes and the delivery of training sessions for targeted legal professions on specific topics on the political agenda will be critical to improving the legal capacity of Central Asia.
The sharing of information will be facilitated by the creation of a network of experts and institutions, new information and communication tools and channels, and coordination of all donor activities in the Rule of Law sector.
Background analyses and studies will complement dialogue events and serve to advance policy.
36 months (the project started in December 2011)