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Welcome to the newsletter of the Global Judicial Integrity Network! Our aim is to update you on the latest activities and achievements of the Network.

 New Global Report on the Linkages Between Judicial Well-being and Judicial Integrity

  Judicial well-being has been identified by many participants of the Global Judicial Integrity Network as a topic meriting closer attention. We are therefore pleased to inform you that a new knowledge product of the Network exploring the linkages between judicial well-being and judicial integrity is now available!


The Global Report analyses the responses received through the global survey conducted last year, aiming to increase the understanding about judges’ experiences and needs in this area and to identify possible measures that judiciaries could consider putting in place with a view to promoting well-being of members of the judiciary. The report provides a lot of interesting findings and reveals that both physical and mental well-being indeed seem to be closely linked to judges’ behaviour, performance and integrity. We would like to thank all Network participants who took part in the global survey and shared their experiences.


The Global Report is available on the Network’s website, in particular on the newly created thematic webpage dedicated to judicial well-being. On this page, you will find a wealth of additional resources on the topic.   


As part of the Network’s activities on this topic, in June, UNODC organized a virtual event on "Understanding the impact of judicial well-being on judges' behaviour and judicial integrity" during the 2022 United Nations Behavioural Science Week. In addition to presenting the new Global Report, the session featured Professor Tali Sharot (University College London), Carly Schrever and Sally Ryan (Judicial College of Victoria, Australia) and Justice Peter Jamadar (Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers). The session explored how stress impacts information-processing, why it is important to provide support to judges, and how mindfulness practices might lead to positive changes in judges’ behaviour. The video of the event is available below.

Celebrating the first International Day of Women Judges

On 10 March 2022, for the very first time, we celebrated the International Day of Women Judges. On the occasion of the International Day, among other activities, UNODC organized a special high-level event to celebrate women and gender champions in the judiciary and law enforcement. At the event, UNODC launched its new campaign “Women in Justice/for Justice”  aiming to promote gender balance and gender responsiveness across the spectrum of justice. The campaign is centred around advancing women’s representation and leadership, improving the existing knowledge base to support responses, and celebrating “Women in Justice/for Justice” leaders through awareness-raising activities. Please find additional information on this topic on the recently created dedicated webpage, as well as follow UNODC’s social media accounts. 

What is new on the Network's website?

OPINION PIECE: Judicial Integrity must be seen to be believed

By Judge Marc Bax, Senior Judge and a Press Judge in the District Court of Limburg, the Netherlands. Each and every judge should be fully aware of the importance of ensuring that court sessions are open to the public, that not even the slightest obstacle is put in the way of journalists who want to report on court cases, and that all rulings are read in an open court. Visit all opinion pieces here.


OPINION PIECE: Building a comprehensive risk management in the judiciary 

By Aneta Arnaudovska, PhD, a Senior Anti-corruption Advisor at the Secretariat of the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) in South Eastern Europe. Corruption risks in the judiciary should be identified in areas in which judges exercise discretion. Judges should have unfettered freedom to decide cases impartially, without pressure and in accordance with the law and the facts. Additional opinion pieces are available here.


OPINION PIECE: Judicial Integrity must be seen to be believed

By Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi, the President of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia. With a view to ensuring judicial independence, addressing the problem of integrity, and improving transparency and accountability, the leadership of the court, in close consultation with stakeholders, has taken a series of efforts including revision and enactment of the legislation. These legislative frameworks and related activities provided robust bases to effectively tackle the problem of judicial integrity. Visit all opinion pieces here.


VIDEO: International Day of Women Judges 

The video recording of the UNODC high-level event on the occasion of the International Day of Women Judges is available here.


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