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Regional Workshop for the Training of Trainers in Judicial Integrity

Quito, Ecuador, July 1st, 2019. Under the framework of the CRIMJUST (Strengthening Criminal Justice and International Cooperation in the Cocaine Route - Pillar of Institutional Integrity) programme, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in conjunction with the National Court of Justice of Ecuador; financed by the European Union, joined forces to hold the Regional Workshop for the Training of Trainers in Judicial Integrity, on 25 and 26 June 2019 in Quito, Ecuador.

Article 11 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption emphasizes the crucial role of the judiciary in the fight against corruption and recognizes that, to perform this function effectively, the judiciary must be free from corruption and its members must act with integrity. To achieve this objective, UNODC supported the development of the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct and assists States Parties in strengthening judicial integrity.
Recently, UNODC launched the Global Programme to Promote a Culture of Legality. The four-year programme covers specific areas addressed in the Doha Declaration, adopted at the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which includes strengthening judicial integrity and preventing corruption in the justice system.

The objective of this workshop is to train trainers to design and facilitate face-to-face courses focused on judicial conduct and ethics, based on the Trainer's Manual created for this purpose.

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

- Adopt a systematic approach to designing and providing a training course in judicial conduct and ethics that includes identifying learning needs and selecting appropriate methods of knowledge transfer;


- Manage the development process of any training event to foster group cohesion and effective learning;


- Apply a range of tools and techniques to improve knowledge transfer and encourage constructive discussions;


- Plan the practical and logistical aspects of the training;


- Select the most appropriate way in which your course will be evaluated;


- Create an action plan to schedule trainings in ethical conduct in your country.


Another main activity is the development of judicial integrity training tools. The tools consist of a virtual learning course, a self-guided course and a trainer's manual.

The workshop was addressed by Dr. Paulina Aguirre, President of the National Court of Justice of Ecuador and Mr. Kristian Hoelge, UNODC Representative in Peru and Ecuador.

The presentation of the tools oversaw Ms. Cristina Ritter, legal expert.

Ms. Grisell Mojica, CRIMJUST Project Coordinator, also participated and approximately twenty-eight (28) participants were present, including judges and magistrates from Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Chile and Peru.