The experience of the Irish judiciary: dialogue with Ukrainian judges


Yaroslav Holovachov, the President of the Kyiv Court of Appeal, took part in a panel discussion on the occasion of the visit of a delegation of senior Irish Judges to Ukraine.

In support of judicial reform in Ukraine, the Irish delegation delivered a programme comprised of workshops in Kyiv and Kharkiv for over 60 judges from Ukraine’s appeals courts and local courts. The programme wrapped up with an expert discussion in Kyiv involving judicial experts from the international community, as well as senior Ukrainian judicial officials. The Irish delegation was completed by Frank Clarke, the President of the Supreme Court of Ireland, George Birmingham, judge of the Court of Appeal of  Ireland and Helen Boyle, Irish Barrister-at-Law.

The President of the Kyiv Court of Appeal Yaroslav Holovachov was invited to participate in the event, which took place at the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine, on 14 September 2017.

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David Vaughn, Chief of Party of the USAID Fair Justice Project, Kestutis Lancinskas, Head of the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine, Sergii Koziakov, Chairman of the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine, Kostyantyn Krasovsky, Chief of the Head Department for Legal Policy of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Andriy Spivak, Justice Sector Manager, Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, Justice Sector Manager of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, Mykola Onishchuk, Rector of the National School of Judges of Ukraine, John Cubbon, Senior Adviser on Judiciary of the European Union Advisory Mission Ukraine and others also participated in the panel discussion.

In the meeting, the discussion focused on the outstanding issues related to the maintenance of trust in the Irish judiciary, the security of judges and courts and the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The experience of the Irish judiciary, in maintaining the rule of law throughout the 95 years of  Ireland’s independence, should provide a fruitful basis for a dialogue with Ukrainian judges.

The press service of the Kyiv Court of Appeal informed