International Development Law Organization

Establishing the High Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine

Despite the positive momentum from Ukraine’s justice sector reforms, there has been a lack of court judgments in top corruption cases, underscoring the need for greater institutional efficiency, transparency and independence in the process of prosecution. As corruption cases often involve complex financial schemes with elements of money-laundering, there is a strong need to delegate them to a specialized court. In response to these needs, the High Anti-Corruption Court was formally established on April 11th, 2019.

Funded by the United States Department of State, IDLO is implementing a project that aims to contribute to strengthening the capacity and integrity of Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court, and in turn improve public trust in the country’s anti-corruption efforts. The project established the Secretariat of the Public Council of International Experts, composed of local experts such as lawyers, business, human resources and IT specialists, as well as interpreters to provide technical and logistical support. IDLO will deliver training to judges of the High Court on key concepts and international best practices pertaining to anti-corruption and will assist with streamlining the court’s workflow through effective case management. With a view to improving public trust, IDLO will support the High Anti-Corruption Court’s press unit in developing and implementing a well-balanced media and communications strategy.