ABA ROLI Update August 2013

August 2013  

Case Management System to Improve Efficiency in Philippine Trial Courts

Case Management System to Improve Efficiency in Philippine Trial Courts

The Philippine Supreme Court launched an automated case management information system—the eCourt—for the country’s trial courts during a June 14 event held at the Quezon City Hall of Justice. Supported by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and previously introduced in specialty courts, including appeals courts, the system is being piloted in Quezon City’s regional and metropolitan trial courts, whose caseloads are among the highest in the country. Read more »»

 Armenia: Movie screening launches informal jurors program
 China: Training on addressing domestic violence
 Peru: Delegation observes Colombian reform process
 Serbia: Legal professionals trained on new Criminal Procedure Code
 Tajikistan: Advocates prepare to train their peers
 Tajikistan: Children learn to protect themselves from human trafficking
 Event: Diego García-Sayán Receives Rule of Law Award
 Multimedia: 2013 Rule of Law Award Luncheon
 In the news: Malians call for criminalization of slavery

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Diego García-Sayán Receives Rule of Law Award, Bill Ide Recognized

Lawyers, judges and bar leaders from around the globe gathered to celebrate the career and achievements of the Honorable Diego García-Sayán, President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), to whom the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) presented the 2013 Rule of Law Award. Former ABA President and ABA ROLI Board Chair Stephen N. Zack presented the award during an August 10 luncheon ceremony held as part of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. Read more »»

Video: 2013 Rule of Law Award Luncheon Presentations

Video: 2013 Rule of Law Award & Luncheon Presentations

Tajikistani Law Students Teach Vulnerable Children How to Protect Themselves against Human Trafficking

Tajikistani Law Students Teach Vulnerable Children How to Protect Themselves against Human Trafficking

The U.S. Department of State’s 2013 human trafficking report states that Tajikistan is “a source country for men, women and children subjected to forced labor, and women and children subjected to sex trafficking.” To help alleviate this problem, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)—supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons—cooperated with Tajikistan’s Inter-Agency Commission on Prevention of Human Trafficking to raise community awareness, to increase the capacity of prosecutors and police, and to support peer education programs to help youth learn about their economic rights as well as the dangers of human trafficking. Read more »»


Peruvian Delegation Observes Colombian Reform Process

Continuing its efforts to support Peru’s justice sector reform, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) took a 12-member delegation on a May 13–17 study tour to Bogota, Colombia. The delegation included senior-level representatives from the Peruvian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, the Office of Public Defense, the Public Ministry, the National Police and the Special Commission for the Implementation of the Accusatorial System. Read more »»


Tajikistani Advocates Prepare to Train their Peers

From June 13–14, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) conducted a training of trainers for 12 leaders of the defense advocates communities in Dushanbe, Khujand and Ourghonteppa. Held in Dushanbe, the training—one in a series—addressed trial-advocacy skills and best courtroom practices, including opening and closing statements, and direct- and cross-examination of witnesses. Read more »»

Movie Screening Launches ABA ROLI’s Informal Jurors Program in Armenia

To promote civic engagement in and oversight of the Armenian justice system, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched an Informal Jurors Program with a July screening of the movie 12 Angry Men. A total of 12 law students, journalists and non-governmental organization representatives are taking part in the program, which will allow participants to observe criminal trials, assess the merits of the prosecution’s case and publicize their findings at a public event this fall. The movie screening was organized to introduce participants to the jury trial system. Read more »»


Activities Enhance Chinese Professionals’ Ability to Address Domestic Violence

In May, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and the China University of Political Science and Law hosted a four-day training on enhancing judicial skills in handling domestic violence cases. The intensive training, which was attended by nearly 30 judges and judicial administrators from criminal courts around the country, was the first opportunity of its kind for criminal-court personnel. The sessions were designed to increase participants’ understanding of the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, as well as new criminal procedures—including the use of protection orders— that can better protect victims. Read more »»


Trainings Prepare Serbian Legal Professionals for a New Criminal Procedure Code

Following the adoption of Serbia’s new Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) in April, and in anticipation of its implementation in October, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) collaborated with Partners Serbia for Democratic Change to organize training of trainers on the code, which will gradually transform the country’s criminal justice system into an adversarial one. Led by former ABA ROLI Regional Director Robert Lochary, the trainings focused on enhancing criminal defense attorneys’ capacity to defend their clients under the new CPC. Read more »»

In the news:
Malians Call for Criminalization of Slavery

Slavery is still practiced among some groups in Mali. Activists had made some gains in their fight to outlaw the custom until early 2012, when a Tuareg rebellion and subsequent military coup plunged the country into chaos. Now, as Mali prepares to elect its next president, activists say the time is right to push for a law banning the centuries-old practice. Read more from the Voice of America


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