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Cooperation

As a NGO RA Association of Judges actively cooperates both with local and international non-governmental organizations and structures. Besides, RA Association of Judges cooperates also with state and local self-governing bodies of the Republic of Armenia within the frameworks of its Charter. 

RA Association of Judges started its cooperation with local and international structures and organizations within the frameworks of the publication of “Datakan Ishkhanutyun” (Judicial Power) (previously “Orinatert” (Law Newspaper)) scientific-methodological journal. Various international organizations have constantly supported the publication of the journal. The journal has been published by the support of ABA/CEELI Armenian office of the American Bar Association (now ABA/ROLI) for a long time. Later the cooperation was continued with the UNO Program of Fight against Narcotics in the Transcaucasia, USAID Bearing Point’s Economic Regulation Program.
Currently the cooperation is continued with GTZ (German Technical Cooperation Company) within the frameworks of the Program of “Consultation for the Consolidation of the Legal System of Armenia”. 

From amongst the projects being implemented is the publication of 4 volumes of collections of the verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights translated into Armenian, published by the efforts of the Council of Europe and the Association. The 5th and the 6th volumes of Verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights translated into Armenian have been published within the frameworks of joint program of the Council of Europe and European Commission.
In the result of the joint program of the Council of Europe and European Commission during the last years, works dedicated to Articles 5, 6, 9 of the European Convention, Article 1 of Protocol №1, “English-Armenian, Armenian-English dictionary of Terms of European Convention on Human Rights”, “Guide Book on Human Rights for Prosecutors” have been published.
Seminar-courses were also organized on the topics of European law for the judges of the Republic of Armenia. 

Currently the cooperation is continued and different measures are foreseen to be organized dedicated to other articles of the European Convention, as well as to the main issues of precedent practice of European Court. 

For the provision of the awareness of the population on legal issues, for raising the reputation of Judicial System and consolidating the confidence within the society, by the support of ABA/CEELI Armenian office of the American Bar Association, RA Association of Judges published ten volumes of family library in 2002 for the purpose of the implementation of its Charter tasks. 

In 2005, by the support of ABA/CEELI Armenian office of the American Bar Association, the Association published the Rule Book of RA judge’s behavior. In 2007, by the joint Decision of Ethics Committee of RA Council of Courts Chairmen and the Board of RA Association of Judges, the interpretations of the Rule Book of RA judge’s behavior were published, the presentation of which took place on 25 July 2007. 

In the result of the cooperation with Bearing Point, USAID Economic Regulation Program, a guide book “Bajnetirakan Iravunk” (Stock Right) and the second volume of the collection of verdicts and Decisions of RA Economic Court were published and distributed to the members of the Association free of charge.
In the result of cooperation with the Round Table Foundation of the World Council of Churches, the guide books “Davananki Iravunk” (Right of Creed) “Krtutyan Iravunk” (Right of Education) and “Ardaradatutyan Matcheliutyun” (Affordability of Justice) were published. 

RA Association of Judges has also got an active participation in the discussion of draft laws and presents relevant proposals most of which are being adopted by the legislative body. Seminars, scientific conferences, discussions are being organized for that purpose.
Currently, in the result of negotiations, new ways of cooperation have been developed with Armenian office of the Organization of Security and Cooperation of Europe (OSCE), the scientific study center of ecological right of YSU (Yerevan State University) Law Faculty. RA Association of Judges actively cooperates with RA Court of Cassation, RA Judicial Department, the YSU Law Faculty, RA Association of Lawyers, RA Chamber of Advocates. 

Since 2008 RA Association of Judges became the full-fledged member of International Association of Judges, which raised the international image of RA Association of Judges and expanded the international contacts of the Association. The 51st annual conference of International Association of Judges which was organized in Armenia and was a sole event in the region proves this. The above mentioned structures greatly supported the holding of the conference. 

It is foreseen to expand the cooperation with other structures in future, for implementing new programs for European, commercial, copyright and the other branches of right, aiming to support the improvement of judicial practice in the aforementioned fields.

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