Legal policy starting point
The EU’s strategy of partnership with Central Asia has been implemented since 2007 in the legal field by various initiatives to promote the rule of law and democracy. In this context, the large-scale EU-financed grant project on the administration of criminal law is particularly significant for the IRZ, and continued to exert a major impact on the commitment for Uzbekistan in 2012.
Top priorities constitute:
- liberalisation of the legal system,
- the fight against corruption,
- effective foundations of administrative law.
The focus here will be on the development of a legal sytem which follows rule-of-law principles in all fields. The goal is to ensure greater legal security for the individual citizen.
Cooperation to date
In 2012, the IRZ was able to further intensify the bilateral and specialist exchange with various judicial institutions, particularly with the Ministry of Justice. This applies both to the previous foci of the legal dialogue, and to more specific legal topics, which were dealt with for the first time this year: industrial property protection, drafting of criminological expert reports and assessment of the consequences of statutes. In future, there is also to be sustained support in sub-areas of the law where these are needed. The most important goal of cooperation with Uzbekistan remains the stabilisation of a legal system with democratic and rule-of-law principles.
The EU-financed project on the reform of criminal law, running until the autumn of 2014, will also constitute a large share of the cooperation between the IRZ and the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2013. Additionally, cooperation in the field of the rule of law and justice, civil and commercial law, as well as administrative law, will cover the previous and new partner institutions. The continuation of the advice on administrative procedure law should be particularly stressed in this context. The IRZ furthermore intends to increase the existing contacts with the Supreme Commercial Court, as well as with both chambers of Parliament.