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Making the Georgian Criminal Code

April 6, 2011 | 11:45 a.m. | Saxbe Auditorium (Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th Ave.)

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Otar Kakhidze

Otar Kakhidze

Georgia is in the process of drafting a new criminal code from scratch and leading officials from the country's Ministry of Justice will visit The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on April 6 to discuss such sweeping and historic efforts.

Otar Kakhidze, head of Analytical Department in the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, will join two panel discussions focused on the successes and troubles associated with adopting sweeping changes to a country's criminal code. This is the first time a Georgian official has visited the United States to discuss and seek input regarding the country's new criminal laws. This free three-hour event will explore the foundations of effective and fair laws. Kakhidze also hopes to interact with, and learn from Ohio legal practitioners, scholars, and students regarding criminal laws and procedures.

The event is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the Federal Bar Association (Columbus Chapter), the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), and the Moritz College of Law Criminal Law Society.

The U.S. Embassy, through its DOJ/OPDAT office, has provided continuing support and technical assistance to the government of Georgia in the area of criminal justice. The work builds upon the principles of the rule of law and democratic legal reform. The office is working closely with the Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor's Service on training, with the judicial branch to build an independent judiciary, and with the Defense Bar to establish evidence guidelines.

The event (including lunch) is free and open to the public, although online registration is required.

1.75 CLE hours are available.

Questions can be directed to Barbara Peck at peck.5@osu.edu or (614) 292-0283.

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