Current Rule of Law Programs in Macedonia

Criminal Law Reform and Anti-Human Trafficking

With support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)—through its Defense Bar Program—is helping to build the capacity of Macedonian defense advocates to provide effective legal representation under the 2010 Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). The program provides trainings focusing on forensic investigation, case preparation, plea bargaining and trial advocacy to enhance the quality of legal defense in the country.

Since the beginning of the program in 2011, ABA ROLI has trained nearly 300 advocates on effective implementation of the CPC. In Skopje, ABA ROLI trained a cadre of local advocates to serve as trainers, and will conduct 20 additional trainings for more than 400 advocates throughout Macedonia. ABA ROLI will publish a comprehensive trial advocacy skills manual and a forensics manual. Further, ABA ROLI will coordinate with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to host four joint mock trail trainings for Macedonian legal professionals.