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Practical Course in Legal Ethics Chair clinic (Distance Learning)
Practical Course in Legal Ethics Chair clinic (Distance Learning)

The New Vision University Legal Ethics Chair is pleased to announce admission opening for students to participate in a distance learning course in legal ethics chair clinic (four months  practical course). The third, fourth year BA students and LLM students are eligible for the admission. The course format will be remote. However, if during the course we have positive change in the country, weekly meetings and group discussions will be possible.
Practical course in Legal Ethics will be delivered by Ms. Tamar Khubuluri, Senior Lawyer of the Georgian Bar Association Ethics Commission (GBA EC), Legal Ethics Chair Researcher and Ms. Ana Loria, elected member of GBA EC and Legal Ethics Co-Chair.

During the course, the students will learn the main principles and standards of legal ethics; they will become familiar with the practice of GBA EC and the Disciplinary chamber of the Supreme court of Georgia. Students will draft case-briefs of EC decisions/recommendations and decisions of the Disciplinary chamber of the Supreme court of Georgia, which will be uploaded on the legal ethics chair online platform. The case-briefs will be accessible online for every interested person. While drafting the case-briefs, students will also acquire writing skills. They will be able to draft legal arguments in the judgments. Students will be granted certificates upon completing the course in Legal Ethics Clinic.

Interested student should submit an application before April 7, 2020.

The Legal Ethics clinic is supported by the USAID Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia Program, implemented by the East West Management Institute in Georgia.

Legal Debates at – Freedom of Expression in Legal Ethics
Legal Debates at – Freedom of Expression in Legal Ethics

On February 28, 2020 the New Vision University Legal Ethics Chair organized legal debates on Freedom of Expression in Legal Ethics. Ms. Ketevan Meskhishvili – Judge of Tbilisi Appellate Court and Mr. Irakli Kordzakhia – Lawyer, Member of the ethics commission, New Vision University Legal Ethics Chair expert participated in debates. Ms Ana Loria, legal ethics co-chair moderated the debate. Speakers developed different views on freedom of expression from their perspective; they discussed several landmark cases of European Court of Human Rights; they also reviewed the best practice of the United States, Germany and UK. Speakers also mentioned and discussed several cases of Supreme Court of Georgia.

Law students and legal practitioners attended the event. Audience were actively engaged in the follow-up discussion, they asked questions and showed higher level of interest towards freedom of expression in legal ethics.

The legal debate was organized by NVU legal ethics chair and it was supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) within the framework of East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

Round Table Discussion on “Freedom of Expression and Deontological Obligations”
Round Table Discussion on “Freedom of Expression and Deontological Obligations”

On February 18, 2020 New Vision University legal ethics chair organized a round table on ‘Freedom of Expression and Deontological Obligations’. Mrs. Ekaterine Gasitashvili, Supreme Court Judge together with legal ethics expert Mr. Irakli Kordzakhia led the discussion and gave interesting presentations. Legal Ethics Chair - Mrs. Sophio Chachava moderated the discussion.

The discussion was focused on judges’ and attorneys’ freedom of expression due to their professional obligations. The discussion was also focused on opinions expressed by judges and attorneys through various sources of media, including social media, with the view of maintaining trust in the judiciary, collegiality, respecting the parties, prohibition against degrading or discriminatory treatment, as well as other ethical obligations.

The Supreme Court of Georgia hosted the event. Law professors who teach Legal Ethics participated in round table. 

The round table was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) within the framework of East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

Legal Debates at – Freedom of Expression in Legal Ethics
Legal Debates at – Freedom of Expression in Legal Ethics

On February 28, 2020 the New Vision University Legal Ethics Chair organizes legal debates on Freedom of Expression in Legal Ethics. Ms. Ketevan Meskhishvili – Judge of Tbilisi Court of Appeals and Mr. Irakli Kordzakhia – Lawyer, Member of the ethics commission, New Vision University Legal Ethics Chair expert will participate in debates.

Law Students, legal practitioners, professors and other interested parties can attend the debate and participate in the discussion.

The legal debate will be held on February 28th, at 7:00 pm at New Vision University (Mikeladze Str. 1a).

The legal debate is organized by NVU legal ethics chair and it is supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) within the framework of East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

Round Table Discussion on ‘Freedom of Expression and Deontological Obligations’
Round Table Discussion on ‘Freedom of Expression and Deontological Obligations’

On February 18, 2020, at 7:00PM, New Vision University legal ethics chair is organizing a round table on ‘Freedom of Expression and Deontological Obligations’. The discussion will focus on judges’ and attorneys’ freedom of expression due to their professional obligations. The discussion will also focus on opinions expressed by judges and attorneys through various sources of media, including social media, with the view of maintaining trust in the judiciary, collegiality, respecting the parties, prohibition against degrading or discriminatory treatment, as well as other ethical obligations.

Mrs. Ekaterine Gasitashvili, Supreme Court Judge together with legal ethics chair – Mrs. Sophio Chachava, co-chair - Mrs. Ana Loria and expert Mr. Irakli Kordzakhia will lead the discussion.

The Supreme Court of Georgia will host this event. Law professors and invited lecturers who teach Legal Ethics are invited to attend and participate in round table.

Please fill in the registration form below if you are interested in participating. Places are limited; therefore priority will be given to the first 10 registered candidates.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkPjy8GH28uv7JVbtd9lGJptCENlKkbvGer9hmP_kALUs3Xw/viewform

The event is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) within the framework of East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

Movie Screening – ‘Better Call Saul’ (Disciplinary Hearing)
Movie Screening – ‘Better Call Saul’ (Disciplinary Hearing)

Legal Ethics Chair organized the second movie session on January 30th at New Vision University administrative campus for students, lawyers and other interested parties. A disciplinary hearing and lawyer’s interview with the ethics commission from ‘Better Call Saul’ (season 3, episode 5; season 4, episode 9) was shown during the session. The movie is about the criminal lawyer James McGill who transforms into his alter ego Saul Goodman during the series - a morally challenged lawyer. The episode was about disciplinary proceedings against Mr. McGill and whole trial was shown including opening statements of the parties, examination of witnesses, showing exhibits etc.

After the movie session Legal Ethics Co-chair Mrs. Ana Loria held the discussion on attorney disciplinary proceedings in USA and in Georgia, comparative approach. Students were actively involved in the discussion and drew parallels between these two approaches.

Round Table Discussion on Legal Ethics at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
Round Table Discussion on Legal Ethics at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University

On January 22nd, 2020, New Vision University legal ethics chair, together with Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University organized a round table on ‘Confidentiality and Privilege’. Mrs. Ana Loria, New Vision University Legal Ethics Co-chair and the Member of the Georgian Bar Association Ethics Commission, lead the discussion. The round table was on the definition of confidentiality and a privilege, legislative gaps and the scope of privilege. Mrs. Loria discussed related regulations and case law in Georgia, as well as in Europe, the UK, and the United States.

Practitioner lawyers and law professors participated in the round table. They were actively engaged in discussion and shared their experience with the audience towards the abovementioned issues. They hoped there will be such kind of discussions held in future too and underlined the importance of ethical obligations in legal profession.

The event was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) within the framework of East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

Round Table Discussion on Legal Ethics at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
Round Table Discussion on Legal Ethics at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University

On January 22, 2020, at 4:00PM, New Vision University legal ethics chair,  together with Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University are organizing a round table on ‘Confidentiality and Privilege’. Mrs. Ana Loria, New Vision University Legal Ethics Co-chair and the Member of the Georgian Bar Association Ethics Commission, will lead the discussion. The round table discussion will be on the definition of confidentiality and a privilege, legislative gaps and the scope of privilege. The speaker will discuss related regulations and case law in Georgia, as well as in Europe, the UK, and the United States.

The Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University will host this event in Batumi. Legal practitioners and law professors are invited to attend and participate in a round table.

The event is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) within the framework of East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

Call For Papers
Call For Papers

The Legal Ethics Chair of the University is pleased to announce a competition to select scholarly articles on legal professional ethics.

The article should be related to: the ongoing challenges in the field of professional legal ethics, or an analysis of a case opinion of the Georgian Bar Association Legal Ethics Commission and/or the Supreme Court Disciplinary Chamber.

Selected articles will be published on the website of the New Vision University Legal Ethics Chair. The competition is open for professors, practitioner lawyers, attorneys, LLB and LLM students.

This Project is supported by the USAID Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia Program, implemented by the East West Management Institute in Georgia.

Deadline for submission of the articles: March 5th, 2020.

Articles should be submitted by email to:

legalethicschair@newvision.ge

National Moot Court Competition on Legal Ethics
National Moot Court Competition on Legal Ethics

New Vision University hosted the final round of  National Moot Court Competition on Legal Ethics on December 1st. Students from New Vision University, University of Georgia, Tbilisi State University and Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University took part in the competition.

Preliminary rounds of the competition were held between 8 groups and all participating teams presented their positions on Ethics Commission Moot Hearing. Four teams that obtained higher scores on preliminary rounds succeeded to the Finals.  Participating teams were assessed by the invited expert-judges who have outstanding competence and experience in legal ethics. To guarantee a fair and impartial assessment the names of the universities of the participating teams were unknown to the judges.

Organizing team decided not to identify the winner and runner-up teams and all four finalists were granted with the Certificates of Achievement. This attitude towards the Moot Competition rules is an innovation in Georgia and reflects the concept of the university which supports the popularization of the idea of participation in moot court competitions with educational purposes.

The competition was held with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) within the framework of East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).