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Azerbaijan - Legal Database Program Design
USAID (2003)
Checchi collaborated with ARD, Inc. on an assessment of Azerbaijan's legal framework documents and requirements for creating a codified legal database that would be accessible to legal professionals and the general public. The assessment team recommended a system for distributing legal documents over the Internet and on CDs that subsequently was implemented with USAID support.
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Colombia - Administration of Justice Program
USAID (2001 - 2006)
The Administration of Justice Program supported the Government of Colombia's efforts to create a fairer, more transparent, and more effective criminal justice system while expanding access to justice for Colombian citizens. As USAID's implementing contractor for this Program, Checchi worked with the key justice sector institutions to introduce oral trial procedures and other elements of the constitutionally-mandated adversarial system, improve public defense services, and establish a system of Casas de Justicia, or Justice Houses, throughout the country. Among other activities, Checchi provided extensive training in the new adversarial system, assisted with the renovation of 28 courtrooms for oral trials, developed Public Defense Pilot Offices in Bogota and two other cities, and helped establish 23 new Justice Houses offering community dispute resolution, family law, and related services. The Program also included a major grants component to help strengthen the awareness and involvement of civil society in the reform initiatives.
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El Salvador - Judicial Reform Projects I and II
USAID (1990 - 1998)
Under two consecutive contracts, Checchi provided technical assistance and training services to support the transition from an inquisitorial criminal justice system to a modern, adversarial system in El Salvador. The Checchi team worked in the following areas: (1) legal reform, including assistance with the drafting of a new Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code; (2) institutional strengthening of the Judicial Branch, the Attorney General's Office, the Public Defender's Office and the Judicial Training School; and (3) promoting greater popular understanding of the reforms through public education/awareness campaigns that included the use of television, radio and a wide range of print media. Checchi also collaborated with Salvadoran non-governmental organizations to promote the participation of civil society in the reform process.
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Guatemala - Rule of Law Program
USAID (2004 - 2009)
Under the Guatemala Rule of Law Program, the company executed activities in the following areas: increasing the use of oral procedures in the criminal justice system; improving the prosecutorial capacity of the Public Ministry; strengthening the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Public Ministry; strengthening crime prevention efforts at both the national and local levels; increasing the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution; improving the quality of legal education; and helping civil society organizations to increase their capacities to advocate for justice sector reforms. A number of these activities built upon the accomplishments of the Guatemala Justice Program, also implemented by Checchi.
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Guatemala - Justice Program
USAID (1999 - 2004)
Under the Guatemala Justice Program, Checchi provided extensive technical assistance to the Public Ministry, the Judicial Branch, and the Public Defense Institute to support policy and institutional reforms ranging from the establishment of specialized crime units in District Attorneys' offices to the design and implementation of modern case handling and case tracking systems in the courts. To help increase access to justice, the Program assisted in establishing and strengthening 17 regional Justice Centers, while creating mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination in the justice sector at the local level. The Program also conducted multilingual public education campaigns regarding mediation, domestic violence, and access to the criminal justice system. Finally, the program helped to create 16 Community Mediation Centers in order to encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and the recognition of indigenous law.
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Indonesia - Economic Law, Institutional and Professional Strengthening Project (ELIPS II)
USAID (2001 - 2004)
The Economic Law, Institutional and Professional Strengthening (ELIPS II) activity was the fourth in a series of projects implemented by Checchi since 1992 to improve the legal and regulatory environment for business growth and investment in Indonesia. ELIPS II provided institution-building support and technical assistance to Indonesian institutions concerned with economic law development and regulatory enforcement, including the Ministry of Justice, the Competition Commission and other independent regulatory commissions, law schools, and professional associations. The project emphasized long-term training, particularly for members of the legal profession, and information and communication technology (ICT) applications. Checchi advisors also assisted in the drafting and socialization of economic laws and regulations, helped the regulatory commissions to function more effectively, and facilitated outreach programs to the media, the parliament, the commercial court system, local governments, and NGOs.
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Indonesia - Economic Law and Improved Procurement Systems Project (ELIPS I)
USAID (1992 - 2001)
Checchi was the prime contractor for this project to provide technical assistance to the Government of Indonesia in the areas of economic law development, legal training, legal information systems development, and procurement management development. The purpose of the project was to modernize the commercial law and government procurement regimes in Indonesia, thereby improving the environment for business growth and foreign investment. Long-term advisors worked with Indonesian government agencies and law schools to implement the four project components. Technical assistance activities included research and drafting of commercial laws and legislation; upgrading of the commercial law curriculum at the University of Indonesia and other leading law schools; strengthening of government procurement regulations and practices; and establishing a system for collecting, storing, and disseminating legal information.
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Kosovo - Effective Rule of Law
USAID (2011 - 2015)
In March 2011, USAID awarded Checchi a contract to implement the Effective Rule of Law (EROL) Program in Kosovo. The aim of this four-year effort is to promote the independent and effective operation of the justice system in Kosovo. The Program is working to facilitate the strengthening of the courts, the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Council and the Judicial Institute, as well as other justice sector institutions. Among other activities, Checchi is providing technical assistance to enhance the Judicial Instituteís capacity for training judges, prosecutors and court administrators; strengthen the Judicial Councilís ability to fulfill its oversight and disciplinary functions; and help with the streamlining and modernization of the court system. In addition, the Program is working to increase public understanding of the justice system by working closely with local civil society organizations.
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Kyrgyzstan - Infrastructure for a Market Economy Project
USAID (1999 - 2006)
The Legal Infrastructure for a Market Economy (LIME) Project provided technical assistance to develop commercial law and a modern legal culture in Kyrgyzstan. The Project worked with government counterparts to draft and review legislation and develop new legal structures; organized seminars and workshops for legal professionals, educators, and the business community on current law and practice; and promoted legal awareness by producing and broadly distributing a wide range of legal information products. The Project played an active role in drafting efforts related to the Land Code, the Law on Land Governance, the Law on Commercial Arbitration, the Civil Code, the Tax Code, and other commercial legislation. Project personnel also worked directly with businessmen and civil society groups to teach them how to use the law in their work and in their daily lives.
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Lesotho - Long Term Strategy for the Legal Sector, Government of Lesotho
World Bank (1995 - 1996)
Checchi worked with the Law Reform Commission of Lesotho to create a long-term strategy for the development of four targeted areas within the legal sector: (i) access to and dissemination of legal information; (ii) dispute settlement mechanisms; (iii) financial institutions regulations; and (iv) women's legal rights. Expatriate specialists were teamed with local experts to analyze each area and develop recommendations.
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Tajikistan - Legal Infrastructure for a Market Economy Project
USAID (1999 - 2006)
In 1995, Checchi was selected by USAID to undertake a commercial law training and drafting project in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan under the umbrella of the ARD/Checchi Rule of Law Consortium. After several years of successful activities, Checchi and ARD received a second contract from USAID to continue the project and expand its reach to include Tajikistan. To help create supportive legal environments for market-oriented economies, the Tajikistan project has provided institutional development support for judicial training and legislative drafting units and developed local training capacity and substantive knowledge through intensive workshops on commercial and criminal laws. The Project has also managed a court modernization initiative, organized judicial examinations and a merit-based system for judicial appointments, supported an independent Judicial Training Center, assisted in establishing a collateral registry, and worked with the International Banking Institute to establish a bankruptcy trustee program for the commercial courts.
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