Minsk Legal Forum – current challenges and reforms of legal profession

Information for press
9:43 Mon 26.10.15 2763 Reviews
Print

On 22 October 2015 the Minsk Legal Forum was launched in Minsk (Belarus). Its first day was devoted to a meeting with students of the Law faculty of the Belarus State University.

Speakers from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and other countries told the students about the role of the legal professional community in the development of legal education and the practical aspects of their activities.

The Ukrainian National Bar Association was represented by Mr Oleksandr Drozdov, Chairman of the Higher Qualification and Disciplinary Commission of the Bar, who spoke during the meeting about the role and importance of the bar for the formation of civil society in Ukraine, the procedure for becoming an attorney, guarantees of practice of law in the context of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, interaction of the bar self-government bodies and unions of attorneys with the leading law universities of Ukraine. There was a lively discussion on this subject between speakers and students.

Ukraine was also represented at this international event by Mrs Iryna Nikitina, consultant on strategy and development, Mr Oleg Makarov, partner at the law firm "Vasyl Kisil and Partners" and Mr Nazar Chernyavskyy, partner at the law firm "Sayenko Kharenko".

On the next day, 23 October, at the beginning of the Minsk Legal Form the participants were welcomed by the opening remarks of Mr Valeriy Mitskevich, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Belarus, and Mr Sergey Zadyran, Deputy Minister of Justice.

In the course of the work of the Form, representatives of the leading law firms and attorneys’ formations from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan made presentations and discussed the results of reforms and the ways of improving the legal profession on the example of several European countries.

In his report, which was accompanied by the visual presentation, Mr Oleksandr Drozdov informed foreign colleagues about the structure of the bar self-government bodies in Ukraine, procedure of their formation and their powers; with particularities of continuous training of attorneys; he briefly discussed the main aspects of future changes to the Constitution of Ukraine in the part related to practice of law and the Law of Ukraine "On the Bar and Practice of Law".

A separate part of the presentation made by Oleksandr Drozdov was about the positive impact of the practice of the European Court of Human Rights, both on the strengthening of the guarantees of practice of law and on the application by attorneys of the Strasbourg court’s jurisprudence in the domestic courts.

On the whole, the event became a platform for sharing experiences on current challenges facing today the legal business, as well as on new opportunities for the development in the present-day conditions.

It should be noted that the Minsk forum was held in a warm, friendly atmosphere which encouraged participants of the event to a constructive and fruitful dialogue.

Popular news

Advocacy

Another model should be introduced for the FLA system, - Lidiya Izovitova

Monitoring of the current state of functioning of the legal aid system shows the existence of significant and conceptual problems in the implementation of this assistance in Ukraine.

12:32 Tue 19.03.24 133

Advocacy

Violation of media guarantees of advocacy is being studied by the UNBA

An open appeal of the Ukrainian National Bar Association's Committee on Information Policy and Interaction with the Mass Media to the advocates.

18:48 Mon 04.03.24 148

Advocacy

Lawyers are offered to be booked - amendments to draft law No. 10449

In their amendments to the draft law on strengthening mobilization, MPs propose to provide for the booking of lawyers. The goal is to prevent disruptions of court hearings.

13:48 Fri 01.03.24 173

Advocacy

E-Court failures violate constitutional guarantees – UNBA

In recent days, the Ukrainian National Bar Association has received numerous reports from lawyers about technical failures in the operation of the Electronic Court subsystem. In particular, the complaints relate to the inability to log in to the electronic office, which restricts advocates in exercising their procedural rights, in particular, to submit documents and participate in court hearings in the videoconference mode.

18:05 Thu 29.02.24 177

Advocacy

Fixed fee: time of work is important for reimbursement of attorney's fees – SC

The procedure for calculating the hourly fee differs from the fixed fee, which does not take into account the actual time spent. However, in both cases, they are taken into account when deciding on the reimbursement of legal aid expenses.

13:22 Thu 29.02.24 169

Advocacy

Attorneys' declarations: what does the changing position of the NAPC indicate?

When the Constitutional Court began to consider the case on the submission of declarations by representatives of the bar's disciplinary bodies, the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption declared a constitutional crisis and threats to the entire declaration system. But earlier, officials had a completely different opinion on this issue.

17:43 Fri 23.02.24 149

Advocacy

The price of a claim for minor disputes will be significantly reduced - draft law

The current amounts of the claim price (as a criterion for classifying a case as minor) are significantly higher than the subsistence minimum and minimum wage and do not correspond to the understanding of the case and the dispute in it as minor. Accordingly, they should be revised downward.

16:58 Wed 21.02.24 131

Advocacy

The BCU has removed controversial issues of training standards for young lawyers

The Procedure for the Continuing Legal Education of Advocates of Ukraine provides for special requirements for training in the first three years (after obtaining a certificate) of an advocate's practice. In practice, technical issues have arisen in the application of these requirements.

15:14 Thu 15.02.24 191

Надішліть файл із текстом публікації у форматі *.doc, фотографію за тематикою у розмірі 640х400 та Ваше фото.

Оберіть файл