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Legal Development Network in global partnership on legal empowerment
  • Written by Yevhen Poltenko, Executive Director of Legal Development Network
  • Published in  Events

Representatives of the Legal Development Network with the support of International Renaissance Foundation  took part in the training program "Leadership in empowerment", which was held on October 10-15 2016 in Budapest (Hungary). Together with active participants in the global movement for legal empowerment of 25 countries in the world the Chairman of the Board of the Network Olena Matviychuk and the Executive Director Yevhen Poltenko extensively researched key topics and global trends in empowerment.

In particular, scientists and prominent practioners helped the participants to familiarize themselves with the tools of funding legal services at the community level, the history of the global movement for legal empowerment and the role of lawyers who work directly in the communities for the rights and ensuring the effective provision of legal aid. Such interesting tools to teach people to understand the law and effectively use it like a role playing theatre, legal workshops in educational institutions, broadcasting thematic videos and radio broadcasts on local stations are worth borrowing. This theoretical information followed by practical study of real cases from Kenya, Bangladesh, Philippines and India.

According to the results of the course, the participants from Ukraine, who represented the Legal Development Network, Coordinating center for legal aid providing and the Ukrainian office of the OSCE, jointly developed the concept of the national action plan on the implementation of the institute of paralegals. The Legal Development Network aims to be actively involved in further work on the development and implementation of this plan.

Training course at the Central European University (Global Policy Academy for School of Public Policy) is organized by the Open Society Foundation, Namati – a network of lawyers who work directly in communities, BRAC University.

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