The EU project committed to assisting Jordan in the implementation of its home grown reform process has recently come to a close. The 2010-2014 project aimed to enhance the independence and integrity of the judiciary, promote efficiency, develop court services and promote channels of communication between partners. The project’s key objectives were to strengthen the policy and strategic framework and inter-institutional cooperation, support criminal enforcement reform, enhance the independence of the judges and access to justice and increase the efficiency, transparency and accountability of the judiciary.
The joint project, delivered by NI-CO and the UK Ministry of Justice, was headed up by Mr Ian Lankshear, who was recently honoured by Mr Bassam Talhouni, the Jordanian Minister of Justice, for his work and commitment to the project. Mr Lankshear sums up his time on the project:
“The project set a very ambitious agenda. Thanks to the collaboration of project team members and colleagues in the Ministry of Justice as well as numerous colleagues from other agencies, a great deal was achieved and a substantial portfolio of sustainable outcomes was left at the end for onward work by the Jordanian authorities. It is vital to take account of local circumstances in all project work and not to impose solutions from elsewhere. The response to our achievements indicates that they are seen as relevant to and owned by Jordan. Leading this project has been an exciting, rewarding and humbling experience. Thanks to the commitment and recognition of the Minister of Justice, I am confident that the full benefits of our efforts will continue to be felt by the Jordanian people in the coming years.”
Mr Lankshear made a presentation to the Ministry of Justice in London (their inter-Ministry Justice Action Network) in December 2014 and has been asked to make a presentation to the forthcoming Global Legal Summit in London in February 2015.
The project was officially completed in October 2014, with a closing conference marking the event, attended by the key stakeholders in the project including the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Council, Attorney General’s Office and the Judicial Institute of Jordan.