November 2022 - The CRIMJUST regional project unrolled a training programme on ethics and integrity for magistrates in Cote d’Ivoire over a three week-period, delivering one training-of-trainers and two cascaded trainings on ethics and integrity to magistrates. This training programme drew upon the Bangalore Principles to foster a collective discussion on the responsibilities of magistrates as well as to strengthen their capacity to identify and address corruption risks and vulnerabilities in daily tasks. A total of 24 participants attended, including 11 women and 13 men.
This training programme was inaugurated by Deputy Director of Cabinet, Ministry of Justice of Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. Florentine MAHO and Head of UNODC Office in Abidjan a.i. Ms. Ruth Aurelie
Kouankam Schlick. In her remarks, Ms. Maho commended the training-of-trainers approach adopted by UNODC, underlining the need to develop a pool of trainers within the judiciary, as well as the importance of prioritizing sustainable initiatives. Meanwhile, Ms. Kouankam Schlick reiterated UNODC’s commitment to providing the tools and training to strengthen magistrates’ resilience to corruption, advocating for greater open and in-depth discussions around the inherent challenges facing the judiciary.
UNODC experts first delivered a training-of-trainers to six (6) trainers identified by the Pôle pénal économique et financier as well as by the National Judicial Training School (Institut National de Formation Judiciaire – INFJ). Over the course of four days, this course outlined best practices, resources as well as legal mechanisms available at both national and international levels to guide
and regulate professional and ethical conduct of the judiciary. Strong emphasis was placed on recalling the Bangalore Principles, with participants required to discuss their relevance in specific contexts. Finally, a couple of sessions were dedicated to the use of social media and related practices for risk management for magistrates. Issues of digital security, operational risk and public image were raised, along with the importance of perception in shaping public confidence in the judicial system.
This was followed by two cascaded trainings to eighteen (18) magistrates. These drew upon the Bangalore Principles to spur a debate on current gaps and challenges facing magistrates as well as to discuss a series of ethical dilemmas and scenarios. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences and brainstorm mechanisms and solutions to bolster accountability and transparency.
This training programme was delivered as part of the CRIMJUST regional project “Strengthening Criminal Justice Responses to drug trafficking and related organized crime in Coastal Francophone countries in West Africa”, in partnership with the UNODC Anti-Corruption and Economic Crime Branch. It was funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the U.S. State Department.
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