USAID, MINISTRY OF JUSTICE TO IMPROVE ARMENIA’S LEGAL SYSTEM
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Ambassador to Armenia, John Heffern (center) with representatives
from USAID and Armenia’s Ministry of Justice.
YEREVAN-On July 11, the USAID-funded Enterprise Development and Market
Competitiveness (EDMC) project and the Ministry of Justice of Armenia
signed a letter of intent to implement business-enabling reforms
in Armenia and develop the country’s alternative dispute resolution
(ADR) system. The ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Armenia,
John Heffern and Minister of Justice, Hrayr Tovmasyan.
>From July 2013 to December 2014, the parties will jointly implement
a range of activities, including a thorough study of the current ADR
system. Through the EDMC project, USAID will support the Ministry
of Justice in the drafting of primary and secondary legislation
and in conducting public hearings and roundtable discussions with
stakeholders. The activities will seek to not only improve the system,
but also to raise public awareness of the reforms and to build the
confidence of the business community in the ADR system.
Following the signing ceremony, the EDMC project will host a
high-level conference on July 12, 2013, with the participation of
Armenian and American judges. United States federal judges Ricardo
Martinez and Robert Lasnik will share the American approach to ADR as
an international best practice, and will conduct a mock arbitration