The Law Institute of Lithuania is a research establishment, founded in 1991 by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania seeking to coordinate the reform of the legal system and law institutions, to combine it with the economic and social reorganization carried in the country. The founder of the Institute is the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania. The Law Institute of Lithuania is the mandated body.
The Law Institute of Lithuania was founded with a purpose to contribute: to the formation of a scientific basis for the reform of Lithuanian law and legal system as well as its separate elements based on the national experience and the advantages of European Law development; to the safeguarding of human rights and freedoms by elaborating national scientific studies as well as applied scientific researches in the field of law and legal system; to the formation of favourable conditions for business by means of legal measures.
The goals of the Law Institute of Lithuania:
- to conduct long-term research and experimental (social) development in areas important for the continuity and development of the national economy, culture, healthcare and society;
- to communicate scientific knowledge to the law practitioners, to apply it in the trainings of experts and education.
- in cooperation with representatives of business, the government, the public and social partners, carries out commissioned works of research and experimental (social, cultural) development, to render methodological and other assistance to economic entities and institutions of higher education and research.
Six main fields of activities can be distinguished:
- The reform of the Legal System and the Law-Making;
- Reform of the Justice sector (reform of judicial and prosecution, access to justice and the right to defence, independence of judiciary, legal aid);
- Criminal Justice (Crime control and prevention, social rehabilitation and probation of convicted persons;
- Strengthening and protection of the rights of disadvantaged groups (disabled, woman, juveniles, convicted, victims, etc.);
- Prevention and fight against corruption;
- Legal instruments against organized crime.
Law Institute of Lithuania has an extensive expert network of partners, e.g.:, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania, National Courts Administration, Supreme Court of Lithuania, Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania, Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania, Prosecution service of the Republic of Lithuania, the Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice, Police Department and other institutions.
In cooperation with partners, the Law Institute of Lithuania participates in evaluation of law-making policy implementation and assessment of public institutions activities, organizes trainings, provides experts with international experience for consultancy services and trainings, conducts various researches, as well as legal, anti-corruption and criminological expert examinations, provides consultations, implements and manages national and international scientific projects.
Over the long years of activity and continuous participation in national and transnational projects, the Law Institute of Lithuania has accumulated significant experience in the increase of the efficiency, accountability, transparency and the sustainability of judicial system, improve professionalism and efficiency of the judiciary, strengthening and increase of capacities of the judges, state attorneys, judicial advisors, improve quality of professional training and develop training materials.
The Law Institute of Lithuania actively participates in national and transnational projects, related to the legal system, judicial reforms, human rights, criminology, etc. The following projects can be distinguished as examples of action lines of the Institute.