Members of the Diaspora Excellence Group in The Hague Justice Area will train for judges in Moldova

Date Publish: 
Friday, February 9, 2018
justice, Diaspora, excellence, experts, the Hague, NIJ

On 9 February 2018, the second seminar in the field of justice was held at the Supreme Court of Justice on jurisprudence in the Hague (the Netherlands) organized and led by three lawyers originally from the Republic of Moldova. The seminar was supported in English for about 30 young judges from the Republic of Moldova. The event was attended by representatives of the National Institute of Justice, the Diaspora Relations Bureau, the US Embassy and the United Nations Migration Agency (International Organization for Migration, Mission to Moldova).

The content of the seminar focused on the experience of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (CPA) in The Hague. In particular three cases was discussed: Romania vs. Ukraine on the delimitation of the continental shelf of the Black Sea – presented by Olga Graur-Beks (Analyst, International Criminal Court); Ukraine vs. Russian Federation on Preventing and Banning Financing of Terrorism and Eliminating Racial Discrimination in the Context of the Current Conflict in Ukraine – presented by Mr. Laurentiu Hadirca (Superior Legal Advisor, OSCE), and Yukos vs. Russian Federation to pay 50 million dollars as compensation to Yukos shareholders for expropriated assets – presented by Mr. Victor Baiesu (Legal Advisor, Special Court for Lebanon).

“The seminar was organized with the support of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ). It is a great pleasure to open a seminar that is part of the regular training group within the resource group and to present the experts thanks to the contribution of which this seminar was possible. [...] This seminar provides the basis for a lasting cooperation between NIJ and IOM” said Ms. Diana Scobiola, Director of the NIJ, who held an introductory session on the case law of the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Mr. Ghenadie Cretu, IOM's Migration and Development Program Coordinator, said: “There are many Moldovans with high qualifications, well placed abroad in public and private institutions. They have accumulated professional experience that is necessary to Moldova to continue reforming in various public sectors, and The Hague, as the world's capital of justice, is the perfect place to gather such experience that comes in handy to support the reform of the justice sector”.

Ms. Olga Coptu, head of the Diaspora Relations Bureau, said “BRD encourages Moldovan citizens living abroad to get involved in the development of the country of origin. One such example is the programme of Diaspora Excellence Group, which deserves to be followed by other diaspora members who intend to get involved in public policy development and together with line ministries or Prime Minister's advisers”.

Laurentiu Hadirca, Victor Baiesu and Olga Graur-Beks are part of the Diaspora Excellence Group in the field of Justice that is established within the governmental programme with the same name. In November 2017, Mr. Hadirca and Mr. Artur Sirbu (another member of the group) held the first seminar in the field of jurisprudence of The Hague, discussing the activity of the International Criminal Court.

The organization of the seminar was possible thanks to the Governmental programme Diaspora Excellence Groups part of the DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT HUB, which is implemented by Diaspora relations Bureau and IOM Moldova within the “Enhancing the development of Moldova through engagement with diaspora-homeland partnerships” project, which is funded by the IOM Development Fund.

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