EWMI has been awarded a five-year contract with USAID to implement the Justice Sector Development Project - II (JSDP II) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Building upon the success of its predecessor project, JSDP, which contributed substantially to justice sector reform in the country, the new project will: (i) strengthen independence, accountability and effectiveness of the judiciary; (ii) assist in developing a better coordinated and more unified justice system ready for EU accession; and (iii) enhance the public’s confidence in the rule of law.
EWMI Programs in Bosnia
2004 – 2009
On May 29, 2009, EWMI completed implementation of a five-year USAID-funded Justice Sector Development Project (JSDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). JSDP’s overall goal was to improve the efficiency and fairness of the justice system in BiH by building the capacity and sustainability of two key local institutions, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) and the State Ministry of Justice (State MoJ), and improving court administration so as to develop a more just, effective and efficient system of justice. During the first half of the project, EWMI also actively promoted indigent criminal defense reform, to help Bosnian counterparts improve criminal legal aid for the poor.
EWMI’s USAID-funded Bosnia Legal and Regulatory Reform Project (LRRP) assisted the two entities that comprise Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina (Federation) and the Republika Srpska (RS), to establish a new legal and regulatory framework, rebuild institutions and commercial systems, create capital markets and implement accounting and auditing reforms. Through a comprehensive program of technical assistance and training, LRRP was responsible for the areas of commercial law reform, capital markets development, and accounting and auditing reform.