Shadow report is devoted to assessing the implementation of the Law of Ukraine «On the Bar and Practice of Law» adopted on July 5, 2012, which entered into force on August 15, 2012. The report examines the role of the bar in a democratic society, Ukraine’s international commitments to protect the status of the legal profession and the establishment of a professional bar association, the goals and objectives of the public policy on regulating the bar and practice of law, and the challenges of the law enforcement in this area over the period from November 2012 until August 2018.
The report also analyzes the Draft Law of Ukraine «On the Bar and Practice of Law» approved by the Judicial Reform Council in June 2018 from the standpoint of effectively addressing the gaps and weaknesses of regulating the organization of the bar and practice of law in Ukraine.
The shadow report entitled «The Bar of Ukraine: the Lessons Learned from the Early Years of Self-Governance» was compiled by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives in cooperation with the Tomorrow’s Lawyer non-governmental organization at the request of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee for Legal Policy and Justice in order to support the latter in administering its oversight function.
The preparation and presentation of analytical reports in the Shadow Report format is part of the project embodied by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, supported by the USAID Rada Program: Responsible Accountable Democratic Assembly, implemented by the East Europe Foundation.