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This section contains opinion pieces written by Global Judicial Integrity Network participants, who are members of judiciaries worldwide. The pieces focus on the personal opinions and experiences of these external experts on issues related to judicial integrity. All opinion pieces written in 2018-2019 have been compiled in one review journal, available here.

Please note that all opinions expressed in this section of the website are the opinions of the authors, who are external experts, and do not necessarily reflect the official position of UNODC. 

 

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 . 

Application of a Code of Conduct for Judges
February 4, 2020

Application of a Code of Conduct for Judges

Judges are the public face of justice and of the rule of law. As such, they have a duty to live up to the highest standards of integrity and impartiality in order to preserve public trust in what is a most fundamental pillar of democracy. 

Codes of conduct are a pivotal instrument to translate core values into behavioural norms. They do not only have an aspirational nature, showing the best path to resolve ethical dilemmas, but they must also be effectively implemented in practice. In keeping with safeguarding judicial independence, implementation must come first and foremost from within the judiciary itself. 

Malaysia's Mobile Court - Judging in the Still of the Forest
December 20, 2019

Malaysia's Mobile Court - Judging in the Still of the Forest

As exotic as it may sound, judging issues and problems in the far reaches of Malaysia's interior is certainly no mean feat.

Large swathes of people in rural Malaysia live in remote corners, especially in the states of Sabah and Sarawak (formerly known as North Borneo) - home of the famed "Man from Sandakan". Most of the populace in these parts are indigenous. By and large, they are vulnerable by reason of their poverty and intellectual disadvantage.