Meeting regarding the implementation of the first actions within the JARA Project

13. 09. 2023

The representatives of the National Institute of Justice, Ecaterina Popa, ad interim Director, Cezara-Elena Polisca, Head of the didactic-methodical and the training of trainers Unit, and Ion Bocan, Head of the continuous training Unit, met on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, with the expert in legal education from the United States of America, Charles Ericksen, and with the deputy task order lead within the JARA Project, Radu Foltea. Charles Ericksen is also one of the founders of the International Judicial Training Organization (IOJT) whose member is the National Institute of Justice.

The discussions covered essential topics regarding the indisputable link between anti-corruption and the ethics of professionals in the legal sector. The importance of training was emphasized at this level for future judges, prosecutors, judges, prosecutors in office, as well as NIJ trainers. In this context, they addressed the opportunity to include training activities on the assessment of corruption risks in the initial and continuing training plans. It was also discussed that, in the next few days, a course facilitated by Charles Ericksen titled "Evaluation of Corruption Risks" will take place, in which the trainers of the National Institute of Justice will also participate.

We note that the Justice Reform and Anti-Corruption Project (JARA) was launched in July 2023, at the National Institute of Justice, and supports, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Moldova to implement and promote its anti-corruption commitments. Among the objectives of the project is the training, at the NIJ, of judges and court staff on specialized topics in the financial field (cryptocurrencies, financial wallet, public procurement, etc.).