LRFRP Success Story: USAID LRFRP trains young lawyers on land legislation in Tajikistan

University teachers and students examine the textbook “Land Law on Tajikistan” during presentation of the textbook in Dushanbe, June 30, 2016.

USAID Land Reform and Farm Restructuring Project (LRFRP) supports the development of land legislation in Tajikistan. One of the priority areas of the project is to increase capacity of young lawyers.

In partnership with the NGO “Huquq va rushdi jomeai dehot”, LRFRP has implemented the program aimed at improving the ability and skills of practicing lawyers and representatives of local public authorities to provide efficient services on land reform issues.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan, LRFRP has introduced special courses on land law for students of the Finance and Economics Institute of Tajikistan for two years; and together with NGO “Huquq va rushdi jomeai dehot”, has developed the textbook “Land Law of Tajikistan”. This is the first textbook developed based on Tajik land legislation. Before, all universities were using textbooks based on Russian and Belarus land legislation.

The first edition of the textbook was published in 2015. The textbook was used throughout the courses on land law at the Financial-Economical Institute of Tajikistan on pilot base. On December 30, 2015, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan recommended the textbook be used in all higher educational institutions of the country.

The project republished the textbook “Land Law of Tajikistan”
(1,500 copies in Tajik and 500 copies in Russian languages) and included approved Regulation of the Government of Tajikistan on Establishing Public (Involuntary) Easement and the Law of the Republic of Tajikistan “On Dehkan Farms” based on new land legislation of the RT.

The publication is designed for students, teachers, practicing lawyers, graduate students of law faculties, as well as all land users interested in land law issues.