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Seminars, conferences

In 2006-2007 the Judicial School has organized three special seminars on the following topics:
1. “Crimes connected with terrorism and legal cooperation” (OSCE, UNO).
2. “The application of international humanitarian norms and the human trafficking” (USA Justice Department, RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
3. “Support to free and fair elections in Armenia. RA Electoral Code; a general assessment” (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece).

In the works of seminars participated Ambassador Vladimir Pryakhin, Head of OSCE Yerevan Office, Kuniko Ozaki, Director of the Division of Treaty Affairs of UNO dealing with Drugs and Crime issues, Carl Waikof, Head of the OSCE Section on Fight against Terrorism, Albina Ovcharenko, representative of the Committee of Experts on Terrorism Issues in the EC, Eve Arnoldi, Head of the Armenian delegation of International Committee of Red Cross, Richard Sterns, USA Federal Judge, Cynthia Lee, Federal Prosecutor in the USA Justice Department, resident of the USA Embassy in RA, legal adviser, as well as specialists in those fields from our republic, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, National Security Service, RA General Prosecutor’s Office, Central Electoral Committee. Separate seminars were organized for newly appointed and Administrative Courts’ judges. Taking into account the wish of judges, the Judicial School organized two more special seminars dedicated to the amnesty and amendments made in RA Criminal Procedure Code. By the invitation of UNO and OSCE, five judges from our republic participated in the seminar organized on “Justice and Environmental Protection Issues in the Countries of Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus” in Kiev, June 4-5, 2007. 

In 2008 the Judicial School has organized 75 continual training courses of judges and persons involved in the list of judge candidatures. The following topics have been discussed during the training courses:
• The precedent Decisions of RA Cassation Court on civil, administrative and criminal cases.
• The amendments made in Civil and Civil Procedure Legislation of the Republic of Armenia.
• The amendments made in Criminal and Criminal Procedure Legislation of the Republic of Armenia.
• The discussion on the provisions of Administrative and Administrative Procedure Codes of the Republic of Armenia.
• The behavioral rules of RA judge.
• The amendments made in the Legislation of the Republic of Armenia.
• The right of using a dwelling space.
• Obtaining the right of property.
• Hereditary right.
• Precipitated trial.
• Void and disputable transactions.
• Judicial notice.
• The exemplary form of judicial acts deciding the case on merits of RA First Instance Court.
• The specifics of the proceedings of the establishment of facts of juridical importance cases in civil procedure.
• The scope of facts of juridical importance in civil legal relationships.
• The establishment of facts of juridical importance stipulated by the Family Code.
• Presenting of precedent Decisions of RA Court of Cassation on the establishment of facts of juridical importance.
• The specifics of natural persons’ bankruptcy proceedings.
• The decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on the Republic of Armenia by civil, administrative and criminal cases.
• The proofs in civil proceedings.
• Replacing the fine by other types of penalty.
• Money laundering.
• Additional penalties stipulated by the sanctions of Articles 242 and 243 of the RA Criminal Code.
• The extradition of persons imprisoned abroad, served imprisonment term, while convicting in RA for other crimes, specifics of addition or inclusion of the former punishment, necessary proceedings documents, the circumstance of accepting of those documents by RA Courts, conventions and international contracts regulating those legal relationships.
• The specifics of imposing a punishment by cumulation of offences.
• The specifics of imposing a punishment by cumulation of verdicts.
• The proceedings in the Court of Cassation.
• The characteristic of the murders committed by hooligan motives.
• The criminal and legal main issues of illegal circulation of narcotics, psychedelic substances, their equivalents and precursors.
• The application of detention as a precautionary measure.
• Exceptional circumstances for the application of Article 70 of RA Criminal Code.
• The application of bail as a precautionary measure.
• Provisions of Article 64 of RA Criminal Code.
• The judicial control over the pre-trial proceedings.
• Circumstances mitigating the liability and the punishment and their importance in imposing a punishment.
• Circumstances aggravating the liability and the punishment and their importance in imposing a punishment.
• Imposing of a more lenient punishment than it is stipulated by law. Imposing of a punishment for an unfinished crime.
• The specifics of imposing a punishment by cumulation of offences and by cumulation of verdicts.
• The Institute of not imposing the punishment conditionally.
The Judicial School has organized training courses for judges and persons involved in the list of judge candidatures, cooperating with a number of international organizations, mainly with GTZ (German Technical Cooperation Company), ABA CELLI (American Bar Association), office for the advanced training of Prosecutor’s office employees overseas of the Department of Justice of the United States of America, UNICEF (UNO- children’s fund).

Courses have jointly been organized with GTZ on the topic of “Relation technique, working method of a judge in civil proceedings”. The courses have been conducted by Catherine-Elena Shyonberg, a judge of Berlin Supreme Court and by Grigor Muradyan, lawyer of “Consultancy for the Consolidation of the Legal System” program.

Jointly with ABA CELLI, an informational consultancy course has been organized referring to the international standards, legal issues of RA Law on “Holding Meetings, Rallies, Marches and Demonstrations”.
Ambassador S. Kapinos, Head of OSCE Yerevan office, Christina Ross, lawyer of ABA CELLI and others participated in the course.

A course has been organized jointly with the office for the advanced training of Prosecutor’s office employees overseas of the Department of Justice of the United States of America, on the topic of “Rules of proving in a competitive proceedings”. The course has been conducted by Phillip M. Pron, David O. Karter, judges of USA Federal Court, and Prosecutor Stiven Kassler, permanent legal advisor of the USA Embassy Department of Justice.

The Judicial School, in cooperation with UNICEF, RA Ministry of Justice, RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, has organized training courses on the topic of “Application of RA Family Code and on the Issues of Lawless Teenagers”.

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