In partnership with USAID and the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan, Chemonics provided specialized technical training to judges, lawyers, legal associations, and Supreme Court personnel as part of the Kazakhstan Judicial Education Project. The training equips participants to handle economic issues such as intellectual property rights, business registration and licensing, and taxation, and addresses other training needs identified by the Supreme Court.
By focusing on judicial education and capacity building for court personnel, the project informs key groups about changing commercial law and regulatory regimes. For judges, the project offers programs in several formats and venues, including a study tour to the Czech Republic, seminars embedded in the Institute of Justice’s annual continuing legal education program, and regionally based training.
Increasing the number of judges who participate in training improves the capacity of Kazakhstan’s courts, helping to ensure that rulings are in line with international norms and best practices. Participating judges will also be prepared to further develop Kazakhstan’s legislation to increase transparency in commercial law, making investing in Kazakhstan more attractive to foreign organizations. To multiply the impact of the program, the project teaches judges how to train colleagues, which provides for a more sustainable future legal structure.
- Delivered seminars on intellectual property law to more than 270 justice sector personnel in 2010
- 2011 peer training seminars focusing on arbitration, commercial law, and contracts law are estimated to reach more than 200 personnel
- Assisted 311 judges in building judicial capacity through education programs
Project Duration: 2009 - 2011