Armenian Criminal Justice System: Enhanced Training to Improve Performance

Feb 12, 2019



Final Report

Project Background

Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and its partners in Armenia developed materials for training courses and workshops designed to improve the anti-corruption and human-rights performance of Armenia’s investigators, prosecutors and judges. The training courses covered special topics of Armenian and international law and procedures that are key to effectively fighting corruption and protecting human rights.  The workshops focused on the practical challenges in addressing corruption and protecting human rights as well as best practices for effectively addressing those challenges. 

In conducting this project, NAPA worked with three partners located in Yerevan, Armenia.

Project Details

NAPA helped ensure quality of the materials and coverage of issues at a level comparable to international standards, and provided high-level oversight and guidance of the project through an Expert Advisory Group of three distinguished Fellows who have led anti-corruption and criminal enforcement activities at senior levels in the United States, as well as through professional staff with legal and public administration expertise.

The project was conducted from December of 2017 through February 2019. During that time, NAPA and Yerevan State University developed the materials for the training courses and the workshops; the Armenian Justice Academy conducted a special program for investigators, prosecutors, and judges based on those materials; and both quantitative measures and qualitative assessments were collected to evaluate the project.  Sustainable impact is expected after completion of the project as the Justice Academy and YSU incorporate the training materials and workshops – and the knowledge and principles shared and developed in this project – into their permanent curricula.

Key Partners

  • Yerevan State University (YSU) is the pre-eminent university in Armenia, and its law faculty has deep expertise on the criminal law and procedure of the Republic of Armenia and the international legal principles applicable to Armenia.  Under subcontract with NAPA and in consultation with NAPA experts, YSU had the lead role in preparing the substantive training and workshop materials.
  • The Academy of Justice was established in 2014 by the Republic of Armenia to provide training to investigators, prosecutors, and judges, as well as other criminal-justice personnel. NAPA and YSU consulted with the Justice Academy during the development of the course and workshop materials, and the Justice Academy conducted a special educational program in which those materials were used and assessed.
  • INL supports the United States’ priorities with respect to Armenia by, among other things, assisting the Government of Armenia’s efforts to modernize its law enforcement and corrections institutions, curb corruption, and improve respect for human rights and the rule of law.  As the sponsor of this project under a cooperative agreement with NAPA, INL monitored implementation of the project primarily through its personnel in the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan.

Study Fellows

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