What are the Judicial Ethics Training Tools?
These are training tools 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 will consist of the following three components:
1. E-Learning Course:
A widely applicable and interactive electronic course consisting of three separate modules dealing with various aspects of judicial ethics and conduct.
2. Self-Directed Course:
A text-based (PDF) course on judicial ethics and conduct for those who cannot complete the e-learning course.
3. Trainers' Manual:
Upon completion of the e-learning self-directed, a face-to-face workshop can be organized to allow judges to apply and deepen the acquired knowledge. The trainers' manual guides national trainers in developing and designing their own training courses and tailoring them to the needs and circumstances of various jurisdictions.
The courses and the manual are planned to be finalized by 2018. The tools will be translated into several UN official languages and Portuguese.
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 conduct and ethics courses. These participants will go on to initiate training activities in 2018. UNODC plans to organize additional workshops in 2018-2019.
How to Join
Several jurisdictions worldwide have expressed interest in piloting the implementation of the new tools. This 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 become pilot sites.