Four years after the Euromaidan protesters demanded an end to corruption, a transparent democratic process and greater accountability, Ukraine is struggling to bring the reform of its justice sector to completion. While the international community and an outspoken handful of non-governmental organizations tirelessly propose solutions to overcome fresh stumbling blocks, which are often of a political rather than a technical nature, entrenched and vested interests are slowing down the process. A newly established Anti-corruption Court and a renewed Supreme Court might prove a “litmus test” for all justice-sector reforms in the country. Either way, the time has come for Ukraine to deliver; the momentum for reform might soon come to an end with the approach of the presidential election in 2019.
1. Who wants to reform the judiciary?
1.1 An overview of the main judicial reforms
1.2 Reform-pushers: international actors and civil society
1.3 The turn of the tide: the constitutional amendments and the law of judiciary
2. Who does not want to reform the judiciary?
2.1 Barriers to reform: the judiciary and who else?
2.2 The renewal of the Supreme Court: a failed test for civil society
2.3 A new Anti-corruption Court: time to deliver