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COVID-19 and the Administration of Justice: A Reflection on Ethical Judicial Conduct
April 16, 2020

COVID-19 and the Administration of Justice: A Reflection on Ethical Judicial Conduct

With the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic, many countries have opted to implement either full scale or partial lockdowns in an effort to control the spread of the virus. The case of access to the Ugandan justice system is no different from the rest of the world, as even before the confirmation of any COVID-19 cases in the country, the general population was being advised to follow a number of recommended WHO safety precautions, which include self-isolation and social distancing. The above measures invariably affected the general day-to-day functioning of court activities. 

The Gendered Face of COVID-19: Women and Access to Justice
April 7, 2020

The Gendered Face of COVID-19: Women and Access to Justice

Women bear a disproportionate brunt of health crises, environmental disasters and gender-based violence. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 global pandemic could follow this pattern-having devastating implications for women's access to justice. What are courts and governments doing to address these challenges?  As the pandemic unfolds, heads of judiciaries are constantly weighing options in order to make the best decisions.

Access to Justice in Times of Judicial Lockdown
March 31, 2020

Access to Justice in Times of Judicial Lockdown

The terrible time we are living in with the coronavirus pandemic poses arduous challenges for those who work in the judicial system. The worldwide extent of the Covid-19 crisis has confronted us, again in our history, with the eternal fragility of humanity.

The International Association of Judges (IAJ) represents associations of 92 countries from five continents. The global dimension of our organization implies a particular obligation to reiterate the grave duties of judges in relation to this pandemic.

Judicial Immunities Promote Fair and Impartial Judgments
March 23, 2020

Judicial Immunities Promote Fair and Impartial Judgments 

Judicial immunity has  always  been a  highly relevant  issue  for judges around the world. In recent years,  however,  judicial immunity has become an even more crucial, even existential ,   question  for judges in many countries . 

In Doha, 700 judges discuss the past, present and future of the Global Judicial Integrity Network
March 4, 2020

In Doha, 700 judges discuss the past, present and future of the Global Judicial Integrity Network

Judging from the eager interactions of so many judges and judicial experts gathered under one roof in Doha last week, the importance and appeal of UNODC's Global Judicial Integrity Network, launched in Vienna in 2018, continues to grow. During a three-day high-level meeting held under the patronage of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, Chief Justices and senior judges from around the world debated the hottest judicial integrity-related topics affecting their remits, and the myriad challenges facing judiciaries in their quest to apply justice.