Judicial Development and Grassroots Engagement
(JUDGE) in Vietnam
The Purpose of the JUDGE Project
The purpose of this five-year
CIDA-funded project is to support the capacity development of legal
training institutions and associated legal structures so that legal
rights of Vietnamese citizens can be respected, promoted and protected
in a more efficient, effective and equitable manner.
Components of the JUDGE Project
The project has the following three
mutually supporting components, all of which are grounded in a
Judicial Professional Training: This component focuses on the
challenges facing the judiciary by building capacity within the
Judicial Academy under the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial
Training School under the SPC.
2 - Court Administration and
Procedural Reform: This component is intended to build capacity
within the SPC to undertake strategic planning processes—as part
of the implementation of the Judicial Reform Strategy—for court
administrative and procedural reform and implement these reforms in
selected pilot courts, preferably in provinces/districts where CIDA has
existing rural programming.
3 - Civil Society Engagement and
Community-Level Access: This component identifies up to three
Vietnamese CSOs and supports activities that enhance their abilities to:
- deliver sustainable and appropriate
dispute resolution services and capacity-building programs for local
- disseminate legal information
- undertake research
These activities build the CSOs’ awareness of the community-level
legal context and prepare the CSOs to constructively engage in policy
discussions related to legal-judicial training and judicial reform with
the Government of Vietnam. Supported activities target women, ethnic
minorities and the poor in areas where CIDA’s rural development
projects are already active. They focus on issues related to legal
access, gender-based violence and land-use rights.
CIIAN is an implementing partner in
this project and it will provide expertise in and training services to
grassroots conciliators in Vietnam through a series of linked trainings.
For more info, contact: Evan Hoffman