The overall goal of the Rule of Law Stabilization (RLS) project in Afghanistan is to improve the performance and accountability of the justice sector so that citizens can peacefully resolve disputes, judgments of the courts are enforceable and made in accordance with the law, and legal education is strengthened to prepare the next generation of judges, prosecutors, and lawyers. The project aims to increase the legitimacy of the Afghan government and improve citizens’ perception of it.

Tetra Tech is supporting efforts to make Afghanistan’s formal justice system more accessible, transparent, reliable, and fair. Key activities include enhancing the court administration and case management capacity of the Supreme Court and local courts; strengthening the nascent anti-corruption tribunal and anti-corruption panels; supporting training of judges, particularly anticorruption judges; improving standards of judicial performance; assisting with judicial inspection tours; implementing mobile court programs; improving university law school curriculums; and increasing public confidence in the justice system.

I used to be afraid about considering a career as a judge because I heard that there were many threats and obstacles posed to women judges. But, after hearing female judges speak about their experiences, I am no longer afraid. On the contrary, I am even more interested in this profession!

Khateria Star Zada, final-year Shari’a student, Kabul University

Through structured program design, project management, and capacity-building strategies, Tetra Tech has made significant achievements in Afghanistan’s justice and legal education sectors:

  • Trained over 40 percent of Afghanistan’s judges on women’s legal rights
  • Trained 3,252 judges and judicial personnel in legal processes
  • Improved court management and administrative systems in 13 courts
  • Supported widespread implementation of the Afghanistan Court Administration System, drafting a judicial inspections manual, and designing a course to train professional court administrators
  • Trained 34 sitting judges from existing anti-corruption tribunals
  • Supported a program in which college students were trained to teach 400 high school students about their rights under the Afghan Constitution
  • Improved public confidence in the judicial system by providing assistance to the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
  • Distributed 2 million copies of legal awareness materials; broadcast rule of law radio and TV programs
  • Assisted MOJ in preparing outreach materials on public legal awareness topics (500,000 copies distributed)
  • Assisted MOJ in distributing a series of comic books promoting confidence in the judiciary rule of law (800,000 copies distributed)

Highlights

As a result of project support, the Herat Moot Court Team won the Afghan National Round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and traveled to Washington, DC, where it placed at the highest level of any Afghan participants to date.