42 Chui prospect, room 220
The organization was founded in April 1996 to promote "the formation of a democratic legal state and the development of the legal conscience of society" by drafting laws, offering independent expert advice, and introducing new technologies for the training of lawyers. The association uses five high schools to train and retrain lawyers for general practice, law enforcement and customs, as well as courtroom judges and prosecutors. The association is composed of 50 active members (NGOs, individuals and legal entities).
Connected to the association are two centers: a Center of Independent Expertise (which deals with licensing and legal practice issues), and a Human Rights Center. In May 1996 with support from the Frierich Ebert Stiftung in Germany, the association conducted a roundtable on the topic, "Judicial Reforms in Kyrgyzstan." Together with the NGOs Diamond and Behests of Manas 21, and with the support of the Dutch agency HIVOS, the association has carried out several projects aimed at improving the status and legal protection of women in Kyrgyz society. These included publishing a report on the "Status of Women in Kyrgyzstan."
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the of The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999). For more information on the handbook and instructions on how to order, see our Post Soviet Handbook Information page.
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