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Integrity, Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary – Centre of Expertise Programme

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The

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

(CEPEJ)

aims to improve the efficiency

and functioning of justice in Council of Europe Member States, and promotes international

cooperation between jurisdictions to design standards for the judiciary and to share experiences

among judicial authorities.

Th

e European Network of Councils for the Judiciary

(ENCJ)

unites the national institutions in the

Member States of the European Union which are independent of the executive and legislature,

promoting

international cooperation between jurisdictions and design standards for the judiciary.

MEDEL

( Magistrats européens pour la démocratie et les libertés )

is an association of European

magistrates and associations of magistrates, established in 1985 and promoting independence of

justice, transparency of the judiciary and ethical standards for magistrates.

The Rule of Law initiative supported by the

American Bar Association ,

one of the world’s largest

voluntary professional organizations, works with 7 thematic areas which include anti-corruption and

public integrity, access to justice and human rights in the judicial reform area.

The

Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Americas

provides technical assistance for judiciary

reforms, developing standards and solutions to address judiciary gaps.

Academic institutes:

The

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

serves as a

resource centre for civil society and judicial experts, including through the ‘Minerva Research Group

on Judicial Independence’.

The

Academy of European Law

(ERA)

is a non-profit public foundation that provides training in

European law to legal practitioners, organises conferences and seminars, has an e-learning platform

and publishes a legal journal ERA Forum.

The

Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law

(Hiil)

is an advisory and research institute

for the justice sector whose impact areas include ‘effective courts and procedures’ and ‘rule of law

strengthening’ (incl. a ‘Guardians of Justice’ (GoJ) programme aimed at improving the delivery of

justice by empowering local civil society organisations.

Brandeis University

provides research programs on judiciary capacity.

Foundations supporting judicial reform programs and related civil society initiatives:

The

Open Society Foundations

are working to secure legal remedies for bribery, the theft of public

assets, and money laundering arising from the exploitation of natural resources.

The

King Baudouin Foundation

supports projects and citizens who are committed to create a

better society and to contribute towards greater justice, democracy and respect for diversity.

Th

e Wallace Global Fund

promotes an informed and engaged citizenry to fight corruption

.

Bi- and Multilateral donors supporting judicial reform programs:

The

World Bank

supports projects worldwide that engage in judicial reforms and the strengthening

of the judicial systems in developing countries.

The

Transparency Trust Fund

of the

Inter-American Development Bank

supports the design

and implementation of policies, mechanisms and practices to promote access to information.

The

European Commission Directorate General for Justice

focuses on the development of EU

policies in area of justice and rule of law and on funding projects in these areas.

Norwegian Aid

supports the strengthening of South-based civil society actors’ ability to influence

international, regional and national decision-making processes.

The

DFID Arab Partnership Participation Fund

supports projects in the Middle East and North

Africa region that promote good governance, such as better access to justice and support for civil

society initiatives to strengthen the rule of law, transparency, integrity and tackling corruption.

The Irish Aid

Civil Society Programme Funding

supports civil society by promoting participation

and good governance, also to build a constituency for development, human rights and social justice.

The

Austrian Development Cooperation

supports work that promotes the protection of human

rights

such as participation, transparency, non-discrimination and accountability in all measures.

The

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

(SDC)

through its department for

cooperation with Eastern Europe seeks to strengthen human rights and pluralistic democracy by

building political institutions that ensure the rule of law and citizens’ rights.