U.S. Officials Donate Legal Books to Armenia’s Justice Academy

U.S. Officials Donate Legal Books to Armenia’s Justice Academy

On August 30, officials from the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and visitors from the U.S. State Department met with officials from Armenia’s Justice Academy.  The U.S. delegation donated several boxes of legal books to the Academy’s library.

Justice Academy Rector Sergei Arakelyan welcomed the U.S. selegation, which included representatives of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), including INL’s Armenia and Georgia Programs Officer Sharayah Heidenhain and INL Senior Law Enforcement Adviser to Armenia Audie Holloway.  The Rector highlighted the Academy’s strong cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, as evidenced by successful bilateral agreements in force.  Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Anahit Manasyan and Head of Distance Learning and Information Technologies Department Artashes Khurshudyan also participated in the meeting.

The U.S. Embassy representatives thanked Rector Arakelyan for the warm reception and presented several boxes of legal books donated by INL to the Justice Academy’s library.  The books covered the U.S. Federal and State of Kansas legal codes.  These books were collected from several Kansas legal departments and transported to Armenia by the State of Kansas National Guard, which has a 15-year partnership with the Republic of Armenia.

At the guests’ request, Rector Arakelyan detailed the Academy’s activities, professional and in-service training, selection criteria of lecturers, and issues related to the development of training curricula and its content. Additionally, the Rector introduced the Academy’s innovative educational initiative, which was launched recently for the first time. Artashes Khurshudyan outlined an interactive educational gamification video on “Ethics of a Judge,” and explained the importance and role of such innovative videos in the educational process, as well as the peculiarities of their development and delivery.

The parties agreed to continue cooperating on future programs.  Learn more here about how INL works to keep people safe by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad.