Legal Ethics Chair

The Project is implemented 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).

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Public Lecture on The Standard of Proving and Sharing the Burden of Proof in Disciplinary Proceedings of the GBA Ethics Commission
Public Lecture on The Standard of Proving and Sharing the Burden of Proof in Disciplinary Proceedings of the GBA Ethics Commission

On April 30, Tamar Khubuluri, a senior lawyer in the legal department of the GBA Ethics Commission and a researcher of the NVU Legal Ethics Chair conducted a public lecture.

The topic of the lecture was The Standard of Proving and Sharing the Burden of Proof in Disciplinary Proceedings of the GBA Ethics Commission.

The public lecture was organized by NVU Legal Ethics Chair with the support of USAID Projects - Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

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 and the Collected Essays on Legal Ethics Book. The competition is open for the students and practicing lawyers.

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: July 20th, 2019.

Articles should be submitted by email to:

legalethicschair@newvision.ge

Application process for students to participate in Legal Ethics Chair clinic

The Legal Ethics Chair of the University is pleased to announce a competition to select students to participate in a legal ethics clinic (a 4 month course).

In the course, the students will learn the main principles and standards of the professional ethics and become familiar with the practices of the GBA Legal Ethics Commission. Students will elaborate upon case-briefs of EC decisions/recommendations, which will be uploaded onto the online platform of the Legal Ethic Chair and be accessible for every interested person. Students will be granted certificates upon completing the course.

Interested student should submit an application before April 3, 2019

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.

Training of Trainers on Legal Ethics Issues
Training of Trainers on Legal Ethics Issues

On February 15-16, Training of Trainers (TOT) was held at University to share the syllabus and teaching materials of the course for interested parties. Recommendations of attending professors regarding syllabus content and teaching materials will be incorporated in the final product.

Professors of various universities participated in the training. The course is intended for Bachalor’s Law Programs and covers professional ethics of attorneys, judges, prosecutors, arbitrators and mediators. The syllabus was developed by a working group that included former and current members of the ethics commissions, judges, legal practitioners, mediators, arbitrators and other legal experts. 

The project was implemented 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).

Training of Trainers on Legal Ethics Issues

NVU Legal Ethics Chair led the working group participating past and present members of the Ethics Commission, judges, legal practitioners, mediators, arbitrators and legal experts which elaborated the course on Legal Ethics for Bachelor’s students of law faculties. The course covers attorneys’, judicial and prosecutors’ ethics, as well as arbitrators’ and mediators’ ethics. This course consists of lectures, individual and group exercises, case-based learning and role-plays.

To facilitate the implementation of the Ethics Course at various universities and to share syllabus and teaching materials of the course, interested parties are invited to take part in TOT held on 15-16 February at New Vision University. Recommendations of attending professors regarding syllabus and teaching materials will be incorporated  in the final product.

TOT will be held at administrative building of the New Vision University, Mikeladze str. 1a.

Professors from authorized universities both from Tbilisi and regions are invited to attend the training (2 participants from each university are welcomed). Whereby all the expanses for participants arrived from regional universities will be covered by the organizer – New Vision University.

Interested parties are required to fill the registration form latest on 30 January, 2019.

Amount of the participants is limited and 16 applicants registered first will have an opportunity to attend the training.

Teaching course was elaborated 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).

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

National Moot Court Competition on Legal Ethics was held at New Vision University on November 16-18. Students from Free University of Tbilisi, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, The University of Georgia and International Black Sea University took part in moot court competition. Organizing team gave one-day preparatory training for all participants on November 16th. Competition concept, competition rules and the basic principles of lawyers’ ethics were discussed during the training.

Preliminary rounds of the competition were held on November 17th and all participating teams presented their positions on Ethics Commission Moot Hearing. Four teams which obtained higher scores on preliminary rounds succeeded to the Finals on November 18th. Participating teams were assessed by the invited expert-judges who have an 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. The remaining teams were also granted with the Special Award Certificates for “Advancing the client’s interests in the best way”, “Responding to the counterarguments in the best way”, “Effective use of the practice of the Ethics’ Commission”. 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).

Annual Conference on Legal Ethics
Annual Conference on Legal Ethics

On April 28th, speakers of the Legal Ethics Conference discussed professional responsibilities and expression standards for social media, practice of the attorney fee regulation during the termination of attorney-client relationship, publicity of Ethics Commissions decisions within the framework of personal data protection and various other current issues. Participants agreed that holding a conference about legal ethics issues annually is idea that deserves unanimous support.

The event was organized by the University Legal Ethics Chair, with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), within the framework of East-West Management Institute (EWMI) project Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG).

A Public Discussion on Publicity of Ethics Commissions Decisions in the Context of Personal Data Protection
A Public Discussion on Publicity of Ethics Commissions Decisions in the Context of Personal Data Protection

On April 14th, NVU hosted a public discussion on 'Publicity of Ethics Commissions Decisions in the Context of Personal Data Protection'. The lecture discussed Personal Data Protection Regulation, Practice of the Constitutional Court, Decision of the Court of Appeal, and Decision of European Court of Justice (The Google Case).

The lecture was offered by 'Legal Ethics Chair' implemented 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).

Public Lecture on Practical Challenges of Attorney Ethics
Public Lecture on Practical Challenges of Attorney Ethics

On October 28th, NVU hosted a public lecture on the issues of “Practical Challenges of the Attorney Ethics". The public lecture was chaired by lawyer and a legal expert Ana Loria and assisted by the attorney Irakli Kordzakhia.

It was dedicated to important and problematic issues of legal ethics. Chairs provided a brief summary of the subject and then discussed four different topics including conflict of interest, multidisciplinary practice, the scope of application of the code of ethics and attorney fee regulation. Lawyers, students, lecturers and representatives of other universities attended the event and were actively involved, in a discussion which followed after each topic.

The Project is implemented 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).

Presentation of the Legal Ethics Chair project and Working Group Meeting
Presentation of the Legal Ethics Chair project and Working Group Meeting

On September 28, presentation of the Legal Ethics Chair project and the first meeting of the working group was held. The project aims to promote legal ethics, to support its teaching as well as to develop a legal ethics syllabus by the expert team.

The Project is implemented 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).