Integrity, Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary – Centre of Expertise Programme
The specific scope of work of the Programme has been informed by the model developed by TI as
part of the Advocacy Toolkit that accompanied the Global Corruption Report 2007.
identifies three interconnected spaces – the judiciary, the wider justice system and the societal
context in which they operate.
The Programme will focus its engagement on the
as the branch of the state tasked with
ensuring equal justice through
interpreting and applying the law
in the name of the state, and
through effective dispute resolution. It includes both the judicial branch responsible for administering
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 judges, court officials as well as, in some
jurisdictions, prosecutors, judicial police, judicial experts, etc.
Mobilising people to demand change by actively calling for an empowered yet accountable judiciary,
the Programme’s focus will be on strengthening the
independence and accountability of
the judiciary as a key prerequisite for reducing impunity for corruption.
Consultation of the TI Movement
TI Romania – with the support of the Network Services Unit at the TI Secretariat –
extensively with Chapters across the TI Movement
on the focus and value-added of the proposed
In April 2013, TI Romania hosted a first
– with the participation of José Ugaz
(Peru, TI International Board Member) and Inese Voika (TI Latvia) as representatives of the TI
Movement, as well as select TI Secretariat staff – to explore how TI could approach its work on the
judiciary within the framework of the TI ‘No Impunity’ initiative.
In June 2013, the workshop outcomes were shared and discussed with the TI Movement at
In October 2013, representatives from TI Chapters from Chile, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Latvia,
Lebanon, Lithuania, Philippines, Senegal and Zimbabwe expressed interest to participate in a
programme planning workshop
and travelled to Bucharest to work with TI Romania for two days.
The same TI Chapters have since then been consulted on related work developed by TI Romania and
were given the opportunity to provide
input into the draft Centre of Expertise Programme
prior to its submission to the Board Governance Committee.
These consultations informed and validated the proposed approach to transforming TI’s work on the
judiciary through a greater focus on people and multi-stakeholder engagement, informed by an
analysis of ‘core vulnerabilities’ affecting judicial systems in any given country as well as of critical
gaps and loopholes in the case management process that allow the corrupt to go unpunished.
In November 2013, other TI Chapters participating in a related workshop at the
provided additional ideas on how to ensure effective advocacy on the issue.
In June 2014, the Governance Committee of the International Board provided valuable feedback to TI
Romania on the first draft of the Programme Document, which has since then been incorporated in
In October 2014, TI Romania intends to present to the TI Movement the
draft version of a Practical
Guide to the Judicial Independence, Integrity and Accountability.
The development process of the Programme identified a few essential assumptions as critical to a
successful implementation. To the extent possible, these assumptions have been verified during the
consultation and will continue to be tested as the preparation for the Programme continues. The
Combating Corruption in Judicial Systems Advocacy Toolkit, p. 59http://www.u4.no/recommended-reading/transparency- international-advocacy-toolkit-combating-corruption-in-judicial-systems/ 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_system