Integrity, Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary – Centre of Expertise Programme
TheEuropean Commission for the Efficiency of Justice
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.
The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary
unites the national institutions in the
Member States of the European Union which are independent of the executive and legislature,
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 theAmerican 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.
TheCentro de Estudios de Justicia de las Americas
provides technical assistance for judiciary
reforms, developing standards and solutions to address judiciary gaps.
TheMax 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’.
TheAcademy of European Law
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.
TheHague Institute for the Internationalization of Law
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.
provides research programs on judiciary capacity.
Foundations supporting judicial reform programs and related civil society initiatives:
TheOpen 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.
TheKing 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.
The Wallace Global Fund
promotes an informed and engaged citizenry to fight corruption
Bi- and Multilateral donors supporting judicial reform programs:
supports projects worldwide that engage in judicial reforms and the strengthening
of the judicial systems in developing countries.
TheTransparency Trust Fund
Inter-American Development Bank
supports the design
and implementation of policies, mechanisms and practices to promote access to information.
TheEuropean 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.
supports the strengthening of South-based civil society actors’ ability to influence
international, regional and national decision-making processes.
TheDFID 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 AidCivil Society Programme Funding
supports civil society by promoting participation
and good governance, also to build a constituency for development, human rights and social justice.
TheAustrian Development Cooperation
supports work that promotes the protection of human
such as participation, transparency, non-discrimination and accountability in all measures.
TheSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
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.