UNDP and the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan Consider Implementing a Training Program for Judges

Dec 5, 2017

Ashgabat, November 28, 2017: Within the framework of the project "Cooperation in implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2020 in the area of rule of law and access to justice", the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan, with the involvement of an international expert, reviewed the current training programs for judges in Turkmenistan.

A two-day seminar was organized continuing on from the consultations that commenced in October 2017, where new proposals were put forward to further improve the training of judges in accordance with international norms and best practices. These discussions highlighted the work of educational institutions and training academies for judges, who work independently of the courts and Ministry of Justice. Such institutions attract experienced judges and employees of the judiciary, as well as specialized experts (psychologists, medical workers, tax authorities and others). As noted by the visiting expert Dr. Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, such institutions provide opportunities to create programs that meet the required international standards in the judiciary.

The two-day seminar was attended by representatives of the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan, the Court of Ashgabat and the Kopetdag Etrap of Ashgabat and UNDP staff.

"Our present goal is to prepare a program to increase the capacity of judicial personnel in Turkmenistan. Achieving this goal will contribute to the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2020 and will help improve the current system of training judges in Turkmenistan in accordance with international standards, "said Dr. Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, UNDP expert.

As a result of the seminar, practical recommendations were developed in the field of humanitarian law, which will be submitted for further consideration by the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan.

The project is funded through the Funding Windows of UNDP that supports governance for peaceful and inclusive societies programmes.

Contact information

Yelena Butova

Project Manager

Email: yelena.butova@undp.org

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