Contribution to the Legal Sector Programme 2014 - 2018
The Legal Sector Programme is a joint programme of the Austrian Development Cooperation and the Swiss Development Cooperation.
The overall goal is to enhance access to an independent, competent and fair justice system in Bhutan through improving physical access to courts in two districts and through developing the capacities of human resources of main stakeholders in the legal sector: the Supreme Court of Bhutan, the Royal Institute of Law and the Bhutan National Legal Institute. In addition the programme will enhance the awareness and the capacity of local civil society organisations to better understand and address the legal needs of vulnerable groups. In order to complement ongoing initiatives to build up a sound legal aid system in Bhutan the establishment of a legal clinic at Royal Institute of Law will also be supported.
The main results will be:
• two district courts in Punakha and Wangduephodrang are constructed and functional
• 13 judiciary staff and lawyers have finished their Master’s studies.
• 400 legal staff have participated in specialised legal trainings relevant to existing capacity needs
• at least 16 civil society organisations have received legal training in areas relevant to their mandate and are able to support their target groups
• a legal clinic is established at Royal Institute of Law
• the Supreme Court Bhutan, the Federal Administrative Court in Switzerland, the Royal Institute of Law and an Austrian Law Faculty entertain continuing institutional partnerships.
The main beneficiaries are the populations of Punakha (26,541 people) and Wangduephodrang (35,628 people), staff of Judiciary, staff of CSOs as well as vulnerable groups of the Bhutanese society such as senior citizens orphans, youth, differently abled persons, and victims of domestic violence.
The contribution is in line with the Austria-Bhutan Country Strategy 2014 – 2018 and the 11th Five Year Plan of the Government of Bhutan.