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First circle

Prominent judicial champions of integrity will share their real-life experiences on how they took a stance

against corruption, and inspire their peers on practical solutions for fostering integrity and accountability

in their courts, including through peer-to-peer platforms, such as the Judicial Integrity Group.

How can we inspire judges and judicial officers to take action against corruption?

How do we protect judges from pressure when they are trying to punish corrupt elites and promote

integrity among their peers and in the broader society?

What are the ways to ensure that judges are sanctioned when proven to be corrupt and to favour

grand corruption?

Second circle

Discussions will focus on concrete approaches to push through judicial integrity reforms at global, region-

al and country level and innovative tools for engaging civil society in identifying and upholding knowledge

-based advocacy targets.

What are the practical ways to empower civil society for promoting transparency and accountability

in the judiciary?

What diagnose tools can CSO use to monitor the judiciary’s capacity to sanction corruption and

formulate advocacy targets?

What is the role of legal professionals in promoting integrity in the judiciary and how can civil society

support these efforts?

Results

The workshop will produce strategies for:

Promoting peer to peer exchange among judges on judicial integrity and

accountability mechanisms, building on efforts such as the Judicial Integrity

Group.

Empowering civil society and members of the community in promoting

transparency and accountability in the judiciary, by providing information on a set

of diagnose tools, which can be tailored to specific national contexts that can be

used to assess the capacity of the judicial system to curb corruption.

Raporteur: Liviana Zorzi

lviana.zorzi@undp.org

What`s in it?

Sharing successful stories of judicial officials in fighting corruption is important to encourage other people

in facing this challenge. Peer-to-peer exchange and learning plays an important role in empowering judi-

cial officials judges that are trying to make a difference. Providing concrete tools and participative solu-

tions that help civil society organisations and judicial stakeholders across the world to identify the con-

crete advocacy targets in their national context to end impunity, mobilise people to speak up against

corruption and demand their judicial systems to effectively sanction the corrupt.

Resources:

UNDP report

A Transparent and Accountable Judiciary to Deliver Justice for All,

which high-

lights innovative experiences for promoting transparency and accountability in the judiciary

:

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/democratic-governance/a-transparent-and-

accountable-judiciary-to-deliver-justice-for-a.html

Practical Guide on Enhancing Judiciary’s Ability to Curb Corruption

, compiles the internation-

al standards and principles that uphold independence, transparency and accountability in the judici-

ary, produced by IIAJ Global Programme of the Transparency International movement

:

https://www.transparency.org.ro/JudiciaryRaport.pdf

Workshop coordinators:

Liviana Zorzi, UNDP and Victor Alistar, TI-Ro

Join us!

Judiciary

The

judiciary

is the branch of

the state powers tasked with

ensuring equal justice through

interpreting and applying the

law

in the name of the state

through effective dispute resolu-

tion. It includes the judicial

branch responsible for adminis-

tering justice through a system of

courts of law and the people who

operate within it and who have

an active role in the management

of corruption cases, namely judg-

es and court officials. In some

jurisdictions, prosecution ser-

vices and people who operate in

it, namely prosecutors, judicial

police and judicial experts, are

also part of the judiciary, where-

as, in other jurisdictions the pros-

ecution service is not part of the

judiciary but enjoys independ-

ence or operational guarantees

similar to that of the judicial ser-

vice.

Judicial

Corruption

The global fight against corrup-

tion depends on the effective-

ness of judicial systems. National

and international anti-corruption

laws rely on fair and impartial

systems for enforcement, and the

judiciary has a key role to play in

reducing corruption by acting as

an effective safeguard and sanc-

tioning the culprits. Unfortunately

the judiciary is globally perceived

as the second most corrupt sec-

tor (TI, 2013). Judges can be part

of the problem when they are

themselves contributing to grand

corruption and avoid to sanction

corrupt elites. On the other hand

judges can be part of the solution

when they take a clear stance

against corruption.

Liviana Zorzi UNDP

Programme Officer

on Governance and

Peacebuilding