Review of NORLAM 2014

NORLAM programme was reviewed by an international team of experts from DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT www.issat.dcaf.ch) on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security in May 2014. The review aimed at assessing the contribution of NORLAM to the justice sector reform in Moldova during 2009-2014 with emphasis on relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency, sustainability and coordination.

Author: ISSAT on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security

Review of NORLAG and NORLAM in 2009

In late 2002 and early 2003 the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) took an initiative vis-à-vis the Ministry of Justice (MOJ/N) to create a roster of justice-system personnel for deployment abroad to complement CivPol, so as to cover the whole “chain of justice” (rettskjeden). They clearly had in mind only the part of the justice system that deals with crime and punishment, ie, what this report shall refer to as the “criminal-justice chain”.

In October 2004, the Norwegian Judicial Crises Response Pool deployed the Norwegian Mission of Legal Advisers to Georgia (NORLAG), which was the first-ever operation of its kind. In March 2007, the Norwegian Mission of Rule of Law Advisers in Moldova (NORLAM) followed in Moldova. These two projects are the subject of the present review.In 2008 the MFA and MOJ/N agreed that the MFA would commission an independent review of NORLAG and NORLAM. The MFA gave the task to Norad, which in turn awarded the assignment to Scanteam.

The main points from the Terms of Reference are as follows:The stated dual purpose of the review is “to have an assessment of NORLAG and NORLAM, and to provide guidance as to whether this assistance should continue and, if so, how it should be organised in the future”.The review has three, given objectives:

  • Assess to what extent the projects contribute to reform of the justice sector in the host countries
  • Assess the extent of coordination of the projects with other international efforts
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses to the projects

Author: Scanteam: Erik Whist (team leader) and Endre Vigeland. Petter Bauck (observer from Norad)