About JET

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The Leavitt Institute for International Development (TLI) has partnered with the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to create the Moldova Justice Educational Training (JET) Initiative. The purpose of the JET Initiative is to: 1) provide technical support and training to Moldovan judges, prosecutors, court staff, and defence attorneys at the National Institute of Justice 2) teach Moldovan law students critical thought analysis and advocacy skills through a two-semester, Socratic-style, and university course, similar to the AIM Initiative course offered in Moldova in 2012-2014. JET officially commenced teaching in February 2015. During this year of the JET Initiative, the two-semester course will be offered in six Moldovan university law schools - The State University of Moldova, The University of European Studies of Moldova, European University of Political and Economic Studies, Free International University of Moldova, Alecu Russo State University of Balti and Comrat State University.
These universities are Moldova’s most significant universities and occupy an influential position in the development of Moldovan democratic institutions. Influencing students in these schools will have a disproportionate effect on the future of Moldova. The current leadership of the universities in which the course is taught is enthusiastic about having the JET Initiative course in its universities. The course is taught in three geographical crucial areas of Moldova - Chisinau, Balti and Comrat.
The course allows TLI to teach democratic principles, advocacy skills, and ethics to approximately 200 of Moldova’s most influential university law students during a semester year. Moreover, the sustainability efforts of the JET Initiative will ensure that the year-long course will be taught to another 600 students within the initial four years of the project. Those 800 law students will make up a significant percentage of Moldovan governmental leaders in the next decade because the JET Initiative focuses its teachings at Moldova’s most influential institutions of learning.
The two-semester university course, named Critical Thinking and Advocacy as a Foundation of a Free Society, is taught in English with simultaneous translation into Moldovan. The course is taught by seasoned legal professionals who travel for a two-week period.