Corruption in the justice system - whether actual or perceived - poses a real threat to confidence in the rule of law. With this in mind, boosting judicial integrity is an integral part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme.
The Judicial Integrity initiative aims to assist judiciaries across the globe in strengthening judicial integrity and preventing corruption in the justice sector, in line with Article 11 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. For that purpose the initiative will facilitate the creation of a Global Judicial Integrity Network.
UNODC has been providing assistance to Member States in strengthening judicial integrity, accountability and professionalism since 2000, by supporting the development of the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct and producing various tools to help judiciaries to that effect.
The Global Judicial Integrity Network will give new momentum to these efforts and create a platform to support judiciaries in the:
- Exchange of best practices and lessons learned on challenges and emerging issues in judicial integrity and the prevention of corruption;
- Creation of a database of relevant resources;
- Development of tools, practical guidance manuals and training programmes to address national challenges;
- Provision of peer-to-peer advisory services, training and other capacity-building support;
- Assessments of integrity risks and in the development of effective responses to the risks identified; and
- Development and implementation of codes of conduct and effective accountability mechanisms.
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As part of UNODC's anti-corruption work within the judiciary, this week kicked off with an Expert Group Meeting in Vienna focussing on the development of judicial ethics training. Key experts, including judges, academics and legal professionals from over 20 countries were present, offering extensive inputs and insights into this crucial issue. The meeting proved essential in hearing the views and recommendations of these globally recognized experts on how to develop training tools in particular for newly appointed members of the judiciary. Most importantly, the two days provided a discussion forum to ensure that the products which will be developed take into account the views of judiciaries as the ultimate recipients of the training to meet the specific needs of those within the area.
In the run up to the launch of the Global Judicial Integrity Network in 2018, UNODC this week held its preparatory meeting for Europe, bringing together a diverse group of justice officials and associations from over 20 countries from across the region.
Following similar activities held in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016, and ahead of meetings for Africa planned for later this year, the two-day discussion offered a forum to exchange good practices and challenges in judicial integrity, as well as expectations of the Network once it goes live.
In the run up to the launch of the Global Judicial Integrity Network in 2018, UNODC is bringing together diverse groups of justice officials and associations from across the world to exchange good practices and challenges in judicial integrity, as well as expectations of the Network.
Under the Doha Declaration Global Programme, UNODC is working towards the creation of a Global Judicial Integrity Network. We recently met with Diego García Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, to talk about the role the Network can play in strengthening judicial integrity, preventing corruption in the justice sector, and boosting trust in public institutions.