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Judicial Ethics Training

This activity is part of the Judicial Integrity pillar of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, which was adopted by the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2015. The Declaration reaffirms Member States' commitment to: "Make every effort to prevent and counter corruption, and to implement measures aimed at enhancing transparency in public administration and promoting the integrity and accountability of our criminal justice systems, in accordance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption."

Judicial Ethics Training Tools

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The training tools are aimed at providing newly appointed and serving members of the judiciary with a solid understanding of the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct and the requirements of article 11 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Strong demand for such tools was identified through cooperation with Member States under the Global Programme. The tools are planned to be finalized by 2018 and will then be translated into several UN official languages and Portuguese. The package of training tools will consist of an e-Learning course, a self-directed course, and a trainers' manual. The three components are described to the right.

How to Join- Becoming A Pilot Site

Several jurisdictions worldwide have already begun piloting the implementation of the new tools. Pilot site cooperation includes: 

-nomination of a focal point to assist in the consultative process;
-provision of feedback and comments on the tools;
-participation in the train-the-trainers workshops;
-dissemination of the e-learning and self-directed courses among judges;
-provision of one-day judicial ethics training workshops in 2018 and 2019;
-sharing experiences and good practices with UNODC and other States.

Other interested countries are still encouraged to contact the Global Judicial Integrity Network to become pilot sites.

Train-the-Trainers Workshops

A first "train-the-trainers" workshop was held in Brussels in March 2018 on how to use the trainers' manual to facilitate national and regional judicial ethics courses. These participants will go on to initiate training activities in 2018. UNODC organized an additional workshop in October 2018 as well and will offer another in early 2019.

 

1. E-Learning Course: 

A widely applicable and interactive electronic course consisting of three separate modules dealing with various aspects of judicial ethics.

 

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2. Self-Directed Course:

A text-based (PDF) course on judicial ethics for those who cannot complete the e-Learning course.

3. Trainers' Manual

A guide for national trainers to develop and design their own training courses and tailor them to the needs and circumstances of various jurisdictions, so that they can conduct face-to-face workshops following one of the other two components.

 

Supplemental Training Resources

Tips for Trainers

Michelle Austin and Judge Phil Rostant of the Judicial College of England and Wales  provide tips on how to lead an effective training programme for judges, with a particular focus on group dynamics and behavioural psychology.

The Global Judicial Integrity Network is grateful for the kind support and contributions of the Judicial College of England and Wales to the train-the trainers courses. 

 

Core Reference Documents and Further Reading:

This webpage provides links to a variety of useful sources for judicial training. These include: international standards to be consulted as reference materials during trainings; relevant videos; judicial training handbooks from international associations and suggested academic sources for further reading.