The OSCE/ODIHR Rule of Law Unit (RoL) is looking for a local Expert on the right of victims/injured parties to legal assistance in Belarus, to prepare presentations and questions to support the discussion on the topic of the assigned sessions, to deliver the presentations and co-facilitate related group work by participants at one-day seminar in Minsk and to draft summary inputs on the assigned session and activity for a report on the event.
ODIHR’s Rule of Law Unit is part of the Democratization Department and is tasked with supporting OSCE participating States in fulfilling their OSCE commitments in the area of trial monitoring, criminal justice reform, judicial independence, gender, diversity and justice and administrative justice.
In January 2018, OSCE/ODIHR began implementing the EU-funded project Promoting Democratization and Human Rights in Belarus. The project has three components, one of which has as its objective to strengthen the capacity of legal professionals in Belarus on rule of law issues. As an OSCE participating State, Belarus has committed itself to a number of rule of law-related obligations, most notably to “support and advance those principles of justice which form the basis of the rule of law” (Copenhagen 1990). These commitments include the recognition that “all action by public authorities must be consistent with the rule of law” (Budapest 1994). ODIHR’s mandate provides for facilitating contacts between participating States, civil society, and other experts; developing co-operation and working closely with other institutions active in the field of human rights and rule of law; organizing meetings and seminars; and facilitating co-operation in training and education (Prague 1992).
In the context of the rule of law component of the project, ODIHR will co-organize a number of thematic seminars together with the Institute for Retraining and Qualification of Judges at the Belarus State University which will form an integral part of the 2018 and 2019 training programmes for judges and other legal professionals of the Institute. Thematic seminars will be held for one full day, and will include presentations by experts and practitioners dedicated to one particular seminar topic. The seminars will focus on rule of law topics relevant for the Belarusian context and will be organized jointly with the Institute. Topics will be determined based on the assessed need(s) of justice professionals, including judges, lawyers and prosecutors. ODIHR will further contribute to the organization of the seminars by bringing international experts to Minsk. Presentations and discussions will focus on current law and practice, as well as international standards and comparative law and practice from other countries within Eastern Europe and beyond. All seminars will be inclusive and interactive with presentations and discussions held in the Belarusian and/or Russian language, with simultaneous translation to English where relevant. The first two seminars were held on 19 and 20 June 2018 on the topic of the right to a fair trial in criminal proceedings. The third seminar was held on 4 October 2018 on the topic of e-justice and the rule of law. The fourth seminar was held on 6 December 2018 on the topic of international standards and national legislation on the prevention of domestic violence in the Republic of Belarus. The fifth seminar was held on 21 March 2019 on the topic of individualization of criminal responsibility in the Republic of Belarus.
The sixth seminar will be held on 6 June 2019 for judges on the topic of the right to a fair trial in criminal proceedings. ODIHR is therefore recruiting a consultant to provide specialised inputs for this seminar, and to deliver certain sessions.
The objective of this consultancy is to ensure that participants of the sixth seminar of the rule of law component of the project Promoting Democratization and Human Rights in Belarus are aware of the Belarusian legal framework and practice related to the right of victims/injured parties to legal assistance in Belarus and are therefore better able to identify appropriate ways to overcome current challenges and to uphold and reinforce fair trial rights in criminal proceedings in Belarus in line with OSCE commitments.
|Tasks and Responsibilities:|
Under the overall supervision of the Rule of Law Unit, the Expert will:
Managerial competencies (for positions with managerial responsibilities)
The assignment is for up to 1.5 working days between 31 May to 14 June 2019.
Remuneration will depend on the selected consultant’s qualifications and experience and be in accordance with OSCE established rates. Remuneration for services will be payable at the end of the assignment and upon acceptance of all deliverables as reaching the required standard of quality by OSCE/ODIHR Democratization senior management in the manner described in the Terms of Reference.
Location: Home office and venue of the seminar in Minsk, Belarus
|How To Apply:|
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Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
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