An independent, impartial, and accountable judicial sector is fundamental to protection of Ukrainians' basic rights, the fair resolution of disputes, and stable economic and political development.
Following on the successes of the Ukraine Rule of Law project, the Fair, Accountable, Independent, and Responsible Judiciary Program (FAIR) oriented the country's legal framework around defending citizens’ rights rather than protecting government interests. By building institutional capacity, the program advanced a more accountable, transparent, and independent judiciary worthy of the public’s trust.
Funded by USAID and implemented by Chemonics, FAIR enhanced the policies and procedures of judicial institutions. Additionally, the program partnered with civil society organizations to enhance public and media involvement in the judicial reform process. Together, local stakeholders ensured that the judicial reforms reflected the will of the Ukrainian public and not just that of the political party in power.
These initiatives not only contributed to reducing opportunities for corruption in the judicial system, but also helped Ukrainian judicial institutions better align themselves with European norms.
- Provided direct technical assistance to 613 courts, encompassing all 27 regions of Ukraine.
- Supported 27 justice sector institutions covering all three branches of government.
- Engaged 46 civil society organizations in targeted programming.
- Trained 3,005 judges and court staff.
- Developed 16 judicial training curricula, including three online programs and a certification program for court staff.
Project Duration: 2011 - 2016