Launch of the Global Judicial Integrity Network

On April 9-10, 2018, NCSC Vice President, Jeffrey Apperson, and NCSC Senior Program Manager, Violaine Autheman, participated in a Global Judicial Integrity Network Conference in Vienna on strengthening judicial integrity and preventing corruption in the justice sector.  The conference included plenary and break-out sessions on a broad range of topics related to judicial ethics and integrity.

Mr. Apperson participated in a panel discussion on the Bangalore Principles, together with fellow panelists from the judiciaries of France, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. The panel discussed the inclusion of gender equity, accountability, judicial courage, and public trust. It was agreed that gender equity should be included in the body of the principles, while applying more focus on accountability in the commentaries. 

He also moderated a panel on Court Administration and Efficiency for Integrity, with panelists from Norway, Rwanda, Kenya and Canada. The panel discussed strategic planning, Judicial Council management capacity challenges related to monitoring performance, codes of conduct for staff, and organization methodologies for supporting ethics compliance. 

Ms. Autheman participated in a panel discussion on a pilot study undertaken by the International Bar Association, NCSC, and the Italian Institute for Research on Justice Systems (IRSIG-CNR), assessing disciplinary and criminal measures for judicial integrity in France, Ghana, Costa Rica, and the Philippines. The panel discussed the methodology used to carry out the study (including its strengths and weaknesses) and presented the key preliminary findings, contrasting the disciplinary and criminal mechanisms used to address judicial corruption in the respective countries. 

The Global Judicial Integrity Network will support judiciaries in strengthening judicial integrity and preventing corruption in the justice system. The Network serves to complement the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) broader judicial integrity initiative, which assists judiciaries across the globe to strengthen judicial integrity and prevent corruption in the justice sector, in line with the United Nations’ Convention against Corruption. The Network is designed to support judiciaries around the world by developing a forum that will encourage: 

  • Exchange of best practices and lessons learned on challenges and emerging issues in judicial integrity and the prevention of corruption;
  • Creation of a database of relevant resources;
  • Development of tools, practical guidance manuals and training programs to address national challenges;
  • Provision of peer-to-peer advisory services, training, and other capacity-building support;
  • Assessments of integrity risks and in the development of effective responses to the risks identified; and
  • Development and implementation of codes of conduct and effective accountability mechanisms.

NCSC is honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Global Judicial Integrity Network and to support the UNODC’s judicial integrity initiatives around the world. Please visit the Global Judicial Integrity Network for more information.