Published on: March 22, 2019

Seizure of illegally acquired property

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Continues capacity - building activities in support of justice institutions to combat corruption

USAID’s Justice Activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (USAID’s JA) is a continuation of capacity building activities in order to support the institutions and organizations that play an important role in the justice system and it is an integral part of the wider effects of the US government to improve democracy and the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

USAID’s JA is a five year initiative that began in late 2014 and ends in 2019. The project is worth 9.5 million US dollars.

USAID’s JA relies on the results of the activities of the previous two justice projects - USAID's Justice Sector Development Project I and II (USAID JSDP I and II). The project deals with the issues and priorities identified in the relevant documents of both the European Union (such as Reports on the Progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina or recommendations of the Structured Dialogue on the Judiciary) and the relevant BiH institutions (such as the Justice Sector Reform Strategy and other strategic documents concerning Justice).

In the course of the project (October 2014 - September 2019), assistance will be provided in a variety of areas defined on the results of previously made reforms and in coordination with the relevant institutions (primarily the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council, respective ministries of justice and other judicial institutions) as well as with other international organizations and donors, foremost the European Union as a partner. The expected results which will be achieved in the course of the project are given below.

The project employs 12 staff, most of whom are experienced professionals with significant experience in both the domestic judicial institutions, as well as working on projects in the field of rule of law.

USAID’s JA fits into a broader USAID's Strategy for development cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina aimed at developing more functional and accountable institutions and government that will meet the needs of citizens, which, in the context of this project, will be realized through the strengthening of the actors in the justice sector.

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The USAID Justice Project in Bosnia
and Herzegovina is a five year initiative

USAID's Justice Activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina (JA) is a five year initiative which began at the end of 2014 and will end in 2019. Total cost of the project is 9,5 million USD. To date, the JA has worked with and provided support to 19 Prosecutors’ Offices in BiH. Excellent cooperation has been achieved with the HJPC and APIK on issues related to implementation of activities which should lead to strengthening of integrity in judiciary. USAID’s Justice Activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina fits into the wider USAID Country Development Cooperation Strategy for BiH, which aims to make the government more responsive to citizen’s needs; and make its institutions functional and accountable which, under this Activity, will be done through strengthening the justice sector actors, in particular.

EU accession

One of the cornerstones of the Justice Project is the promotion of EU accession of BiH. Therefore activities have been designed fully in line with the EU Progress Reports’ observations, as well as the Recommendations from the Structured Dialogue on Justice between the EU and BiH. All of these have pointed to high levels of corruption and in particular the need to enhance the capabilities of the justice system to fight it. A large backlog of cases burdens the whole system and investigation and prosecution in high-profile cases remain insufficient. Little progress is being made in advancing reforms to reduce corruption and so anti-corruption policies still remain a cross-cutting priority for BiH.

Observing that the local government strategic documents have also recognized the same issues and the need to tackle them, the USAID’s Justice Project has tailored its activities to support the local actors and of course complement other donor efforts to help BiH on the road to EU.

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Public appearance: Be the best in front of yourself, but also in front of others

Public appearance: Be the best in front of yourself, but also in front of others

Published on: June 14, 2019

How to improve your public appearance and ensure that the audience understands correctly the message you want to convey? How to master the floor and turn it into your ally? How to learn to manage your own thoughts? Chief...

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Through training to a fair and effective disciplinary procedure

Through training to a fair and effective disciplinary procedure

Published on: May 30, 2019

Introductory training in the field of disciplinary proceedings should be provided immediately, without delay, following the election of a member of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of Bosnia and Herzego...

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Seizure of illegally acquired property

Seizure of illegally acquired property

Published on: March 22, 2019

How to timely secure and permanently seize illegally acquired property was a topic in the focus of today's meeting (March 22, 2019) in Banja Luka, which was attended by prosecutors from the District Public Prosecutor's O...

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Justice Project related
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More publications available in B/H/S languages at

Judicial Discipline Benchbook

September 20, 2019

Double Jeopardy Manual

September 20, 2019

Judicial Ethics Handbook

September 20, 2019


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71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina