CRIMJUST holds regional Training-of-Trainers workshop on strengthening judicial integrity in Quito

25-26 June 2019 - CRIMJUST and the Supreme Court of Ecuador joined efforts to hold a regional Training-of-Trainers workshop on the strengthening of judicial integrity in Quito, Ecuador, for twenty-eight (28) judicial officials, including judges and magistrates from Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Chile and Peru.

During the workshop, participants contributed to developing judicial integrity training tools, including an e-learning course, a self-guided course and a trainer's manual. They further received specialized trainings to design and deliver face-to-face training courses on judicial conduct and ethics, notably learning to identify particular needs of students and to select the appropriate methods of knowledge transmission. Key learnings included:

 

This training joins broader efforts by the UNODC to strengthen integrity within judicial institutions, such as the development of the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct and its ongoing technical support to respective member-states. Recently, it launched the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration aimed at promoting a culture of lawfulness at the 13 th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. According to article 11 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the judicial branch plays a vital role in preventing corruption providing its members are free of corruption and act with integrity.

Grisell Mojica, CRIMJUST Project Coordinator, joined the event, which was inaugurated by Dr. Paulina Aguirre, President of the Supreme Court of Justice and Mr. Kristian Hoelge, UNODC Representative in Peru and Ecuador. Judicial tools were presented by Cristina Ritter, UNODC Legal Expert.

This article was originally published on the website of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) here.

This activity was implemented as part of CRIMJUST's component to strengthen institutional integrity. It was funded by the European Union under the framework of the "Cocaine Route Programme". CRIMJUST seeks to enhance law enforcement and judicial counter-narcotic strategies beyond interdiction activities and to foster transnational responses targeting each stage of the drug supply chain.

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