Peru Programs

Since 2012, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) has worked with justice sector actors to promote judicial training on investment-related topics and produced a model curriculum that can be used in the country’s judicial training institute. The curriculum covers topics such as legal and institutional protection and promotion of investments, the law of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA), arbitration and other mechanisms for alternative resolution of investment disputes, and ethics and morals of investment.

ABA ROLI and the Congolese Ministry of Justice, Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples held a series of workshops from Dec. 27-30, 2016 with senior judges and lawyers to validate this model curriculum. To ensure that the curriculum is appropriate for judges working across the country, judges from rural provinces also took part in the workshops.

At the workshops, participants noted strengths of the curriculum and discussed the benefits it would provide to judicial training initiatives. They appreciated that it focused on national law and the universal character of the topics it presents. Participants also noted that it will increase judicial actors’ capacity to conduct work in this area, praising its inclusion of resources from the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) on promoting investments. Foreseeing that the curriculum will contribute to an improvement in the country’s ranking for the World Bank’s Doing Business report, they hope it will help young people become more interested in better governance of investments.

Participants also critiqued and provided recommendations for improvements to the curriculum to ensure that it stays relevant to the country’s unique legal framework. For instance, they recommended reorganizing some of the training modules to better fit the national context and the training needs of judicial actors, and they suggested including laws and regulations that were not already in the curriculum. Because judges and lawyers contributed to the final curriculum, ABA ROLI hopes they will feel as though they have ownership of the product and are willing to apply its lessons in their work.

Finally, participants anticipate using the curriculum in their advocacy for the reopening of the national judicial training institute and plan to include topics on investment, promotion and protection in coursework for other training institutions.

To learn more about our work in Republic of Congo, please contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org

Providing litigation and investigation training

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI’s) work in Peru supports the implementation of the new CPC by boosting justice sector capacity through a series of training workshops.

These workshops cover several issues, including investigation and litigation under an accusatorial criminal justice system and several specialized topics, such as transnational crime, human trafficking, money laundering and narcotics trafficking. The trainings seek to promote a greater understanding of the accusatorial system and teach the skills necessary to support its implementation. They are provided to professionals across justice sector institutions and foster mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of key actors.


Increasing support for the accusatorial system

The success of the accusatorial criminal justice system depends on the level of buy-in its creative concepts have among justice sector institutions and the general public. ABA ROLI strives to foster broader understanding of and support for the accusatorial system by conducting outreach activities targeting justice sector institutions, bar associations, law schools, civil society representatives and the general public. We host mock trial competitions for law students, allowing them to apply their newly acquired practical skills to hypothetical cases; conduct media campaigns to promote public awareness of the reforms; provide orientation for civil society organizations regarding judicial reform efforts; and convene local experts, allowing them to devise ways to increase access to justice for disabled citizens.