NGOs and the judiciary – watch dog activities, interactions, collaboration, communication


This publication is a result of the project ‘NGOs and the judiciary – watch dog activities, interactions, collaboration, communication’ conducted between January 2015 and March 2016 with the support of the funding from International Visegrad Fund and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The Project provided a platform for exchange of experiences and best practices involving six organizations from six different countries: Czech Republic (CEELI Institute), Slovakia (VIA IURIS), Poland (INPRIS), Albania (Albanian Helsinki Committee), Macedonia (Coalition of Civil Associations “All for fair trials”) and Serbia (Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM). The organizations involved in the research represented two regions – Western Balkans and Visegrad countries. During the phase of drafting of project proposal, we had assumed that V4 countries (all having EU membership status) have already developed well-functioning approaches to the monitoring of the judiciary by civil society from which the Balkan states can benefit. But as works on the project progressed, we became more and more aware that all the six countries face similar problems as far as NGO-judiciary cooperation is concerned. What is important, some of the countries managed to develop best practices that could serve as a source of inspiration for others. This made us formulate a number of recommendations and support them with good practice examples from all the countries involved in the project.



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