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Twenty-two trainers from the Justice Academy of Armenia received certificates on 4 October 2016 for successfully passing training-of-trainers courses. The certificate award ceremony was organised as part of the “Supporting the criminal justice reform and combating ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia” project, which is implemented by the European Union and Council of Europe’s Programmatic Cooperation Framework for Eastern Partnership Countries 2015-2017. The European Union provides EUR 377.415 (90%) of the funding for the project.
The training of 22 future trainers will help boost the knowledge and implementation of core human rights standards in Armenia in line with the Criminal Justice Reform process. The project and the development of a training programme, training material and the instruction of the 22 trainers are based on a thorough assessment of knowledge gaps and investigative practices among investigators and prosecutors conducted in 2015. The new teaching programme covers general criminal investigative methodology, investigations of alleged torture and ill-treatment, cases involving the right to life, investigations involving vulnerable victims/witnesses and suspects such as children and women and pre-trial detention, and other related investigatory issues courses. Additionally, the training sessions also helped them to link their newly acquired knowledge with their practical experience, further enhancing their skills.
The ultimate goal of the new courses to be offered is to contribute to the fight against impunity, strengthen human rights protection and the rule of law in the country.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Ambassador Piotr Świtalski was present at the award ceremony and spoke about the EU’s support for justice reform: ‘The EU is very pleased to be associated with this project. In the past the EU has spent almost €50 million supporting the justice sector in Armenia. We are satisfied with how we contribute to reforms in Armenia, but we want to continue our engagement by working with the new Armenian government to determine and define new areas of cooperation on justice. This is an important project and Armenia needs good investigators. Thanks to this project Armenian investigators have learned about new developments in the standard-setting process, led by Council of Europe. I hope that Armenian law enforcement and justice agencies will benefit from this project and will be able to deal with the problems that exist not only in Armenia but also in Europe’.
Natalia Voutova, Head of the CoE office in Yerevan, highly appreciated the cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Justice Academy, highlighting the importance of well-researched courses and an established pool of trainers.
The new training material is publicly available and can be browsed or downloaded here:
http://justiceacademy.am/#791
http://www.coe.int/en/web/yerevan/publications1

The website of the Justice Academy was launched on 17 September 2015. Its design and development was done within the framework of the joint European Union and Council of Europe’s “Strengthening the independence, professionalism and accountability of the justice system in Armenia” project. The project provides legislative assistance and institutional and capacity-building support to the Ministry of Justice, judicial institutions, Justice Academy and School of Advocates for two years until May 2016. Development of the website for the Justice Academy is one of the sub-components of the project.
ARS_2827David Avakian, Project Manager from the EU Delegation to Armenia, congratulated everyone with the successful implementation of the website.
During the website launch, the Head of the Council of Europe (CoE) Office in Yerevan, Natalia Voutova, said: ‘The website that we are launching today is part of our “Strengthening the independence, professionalism and accountability of the justice system in Armenia” project. The CoE has a long history of cooperation with the Armenian Ministry of Justice and the Justice Academy, and I am very glad that today we are taking a step forward in reinforcing this training institution in Armenia that trains future judges, prosecutors and investigators. We all know how important having a website in 21st century is, especially a website that is devoted to the initial and continuous training of professionals’.
Ruben Melikyan, Rector of the Academy of Justice, spoke about the importance of the new website for the academy: ‘Today is really a very special day for the Academy of Justice, beause from now on we can proudly write the website address on our business cards. With our website we are becoming more represented in the virtual world, which is very important for several reasons: we will become more visible for our partners and our work will be more accessible. However, the most important thing is that we will be more transparent to the public. We promise that our website will be open to everybody’.
The newly developed website will provide the following opportunities to its users and beneficiaries:
• Greater accessibility;
• Greater possibilities for enhancing communications between judges and prosecutors;
• The Justice Academy online platform for e-courses
Check out the new website on www.justiceacademy.am.