In November 2012, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), in cooperation with Kazakhstan’s Institute of Justice, organized an interactive panel discussion that compared the judicial systems in Kazakhstan and Canada.
In partnership with the Kazakhstan
Union of Advocates and the Almaty City Bar, the ABA
Rule of Law Initiative co-sponsored and helped present a regional training
session for advocates who work in Central Asia.
In response to new legislation instituting jury trials in serious murder cases in Kazakhstan, the Rule of Law Initiative's Regional Advocacy Program, in cooperation with the Union of Advocates of Kazakhstan, conducted advocacy skills training for 20 lawyers from around the country on March 15.
The recent introduction of jury trials in Kazakhstan represents perhaps one of the most significant developments in Kazakhstan's legal and judicial systems since independence. However, most Kazakhstani citizens are still unaware of this important new tool and its potential to improve judicial transparency, independence, and accountability.