Start date: 2016 (2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law)
Areas of expertise: Public International Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Fair Trial Standards, Human Rights, Professional Ethics for Lawyers, Informal Justice Systems, Access to Justice
Highlights: 3+ projects, 7+ workshops , study visit


Access to justice is a fundamental right in Kyrgyzstan. The State has to grant all persons equal access to bodies of justice and their services and, therefore, has to provide the required legal and institutional framework necessary for such. However, in this regard, the Kyrgyz State has not yet fulfilled its obligations to the necessary extent. Access to justice is hampered or even barred for various groups of the population.

One third of the Kyrgyz population is living below the national poverty line. The affected persons are more likely to become victims of violence and discrimination. In many cases these persons do not possess the necessary financial means to cover the costs for legal representation and legal fees, or are simply not aware of their rights or how to assert them. For persons living in rural areas, it is particularly difficult to access justice institutions and to enforce their rights.

For other particularly vulnerable groups, it can also be difficult to access justice, e.g. women and children, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and migrants.

Current projects in Kyrgyzstan

  • Monitoring for justice -– strengthening civil society in promoting human rights in Kyrgyzstan

Completed projects in Kyrgyzstan

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