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Community Advisers Joint Their Efforts to Respond to the Ukrainians’ Legal Inquiries Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the very first days of the coronavirus spread, the community advisers have been facilitating elimination of consequences and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in the Ukrainian communities. Thus, according to the survey conducted by the Ukrainian paralegals in 16 regions of Ukraine, as of the beginning of April 2020, the most common legal inquiries regarding the recovery of rights violated as a result of the spread of COVID-19 were as follows: Violation of the labour laws (dismissal of employees, non-payment of wages, involuntary unpaid leaves); Violation of the patients’ rights (medical facilities refuse to render services to the sick; it is difficult

Cyber Security for Organisations: How COVID-19 Drew Our Attention to Data Security (+ Test)

COVID-19 and the related changes have made us all revise the rules of life and activity. The shift to the remote work has focused our attention without limitation on the online work security issues. How to protect personal and work information? What rules to comply with so that you personally and your organization will feel safe?   The material has been prepared by the partners of the Pro Bono Lab Programme and Legal IT Hub, the international organization “PILnet” in cooperation with the global cybersecurity leader, AVAST “I want to scare you, but my purpose is different. The purpose is to

Design Thinking as the Innovation Methodology: Structure of the Kyiv LEPP Programme

Design thinking is a non-linear iteration method for the creation of the product that tries to understand the product user with risk assumption, proposed innovation approaches to prototypes and product testing.  The Kyiv LEPP Programme of the Ukrainian School of Practice is based on the design thinking method for idea incubation as regards the practical solution of issues of access to justice. The Kyiv LEPP Programme is the School’s International Programme the purpose of which is to find viable and human-focused practical solutions in the area of A2J. The Programme provides for participation of up to five teams from different

TOP 11 Themes for Training and Advance Training Selected by the Community Advisers

The survey has been conducted by the monitoring group made of the members of the community and involved 92 community advisers. Thus, according to the survey findings, the main requests for training and advanced trainings among the advisers are: Mediation and Recovery Practices; Project Management, Grant Writing; Facilitation; Decentralisation, Activities of the Local Authorities and Amalgamated Territorial Communities, Development of Communities, Educational and Health Care Reforms; Training and Coaching; NGO Development, Strategic Planning and Organisational Development; Public Speeches, Eloquence Training; Anti-Violence; Data Collection and Analysis, Visualisation, Monitoring Skills; Information Security, Counteraction to Manipulations, Black Rhetoric; Team Building. As a reminder,

What is the structure of the educational program for the community adviser

The educational programme for the community advisers has been developed by the practical experts, including:  Practitioners from the free legal aid system; Representatives of the non-government organisations providing the legal aid and human rights defence NGOs; Care workers and gender and anti-discrimination experts; Mentors of the legal clinics. The programme has been developed with account of the international experience in paralegal training and understanding of the strategic role of the community advisers: facilitation of the community and integration of services in the community. The training programme includes there modules dedicated to different themes and supplementing each other. The last three

Kyiv Legal Empowerment Practical Program Units Agents of Changes in Access to Justice All over the World

The Kyiv Legal Empowerment Practical Program enables intellectual cooperation of the experts in access to justice from all over the world on an annual basis. The purpose of the Programme is to find and pilot the viable, innovative and human-focused practical solutions for access to justice with an account of the national context. While commenting on the event, Roman Romanov, the Director of the Human Rights and Justice Programme of the International Renaissance Foundation, emphasized the importance of the exchange of experience among the countries to understand the causes and pre-conditions for intellectual breakthroughs in access to justice. Last year,

Role of (Non-) Lawyers in the Inclusive Ecosystem of Justice as the Theme of Next Kyiv LEPP Programme 2020

The Programme Council of the Kyiv Legal Empowerment Practical Program suggests treating inclusive access to justice as joint responsibility. It is shared by everyone who wishes to change and effects such changes, including lawyers, mediators, paralegals, care works and others. Paralegals will be of use where it is not clear whether the issue is legal, and it will be forwarded to the necessary service. Care workers will help settle the issue comprehensively since social issues generally have a legal context. For instance, the IT industry representatives can help resolve the legal issue by means of technical solutions. This year’s theme

Canadian-Style Legal Clinics: Interview with Anatolii Levchuk

Anatolii Levchuk, the community adviser and participant of the educational visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Canada in spring 2019, has told about the special aspects of operations of the legal clinics in Canada. – Anatolii, could you please briefly describe the trip? Why were you focused on the legal clinics? The trip was a part of the project “Accessibly and High-Quality Legal Aid in Ukraine”. It has existed since 2014, and its purpose is to improve the equal access to justice for the Ukrainians and to increase the level of public awareness of the rights to free legal aid.

Successful Initiatives of Community Advisers Discussed at Public Discussion with Organization’s Partners

The challenges faced by the community advisers, partnership support from the non-government organisations, ways of cooperation with the government and non-government legal aid providers were discussed.  The discussion was joined by the representatives of the donor organisations, the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid and the non-government organisations as well as community advisers themselves. The discussion was moderated by Iryna Slavinska.  “A community adviser is the guide into the world of law, the world of governmental services for the people who frequently ignore such services. People often settle their legal issues with their friends’ and acquaintances’ help. Thus, development of the articulated

How to Improve Your Team’s Performance: List of Useful Tools from the Information Technology Industry

It is difficult to manage projects, delegate tasks and coordinate work among the teams even in goods times, but it can be next to impossible when unexpected circumstances arise. Information technology could be of help here. Luckily, there is a wide range of software for project management and improved performance of the team today, and it can be free of charge. You do not have to plan your project work on the small board any more, explain the main idea to the colleagues and worry whether everyone has understood their role. Given the preliminary results of the research, the Legal IT

New Challenges – Modern Solutions: How to Choose the Best Video Conference Software

Since most Ukrainians have to stay at home and limit any direct social contacts with people due to the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to express our opinion on how to keep in touch and be efficient in this situation. According to the scientists, communication is much more efficient when you can see the person you are talking to. Luckily, there are numerous types of video conference software that are capable of satisfying most demand for remote communication today. You can meet eye-to-eye or as a group of people regardless of how far you are from each other. Below

Opportunities to Resolve the Issues of Access of the Groups Vulnerable to HIV to Justice

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control as well as the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 2019, there are around 237,000 people living with HIV and almost 650 thousand people vulnerable to HIV residing in Ukraine. Stigmatization and discrimination (including self-stigmatization) of this group threatens human rights and even poses a threat to their life.  At the Ukrainian Access to Justice School of Practice, there is the Laboratory of Initiatives to Increase Access to Justice for the Groups Vulnerable to HIV. The Laboratory carries out research, analysis, and verification of the legal issues,


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