Maintaining judicial integrity and ethical standards in practice: an IBA study on criminal and disciplinary measures

21 Jun 2021 1300 - 1400 BST

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A webinar presented by the IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit

Corruption in the judiciary ‘erodes the principles of independence, impartiality and integrity of the judiciary; infringes on the right to a fair trial; creates obstacles to the effective and efficient administration of justice; and undermines the credibility of the entire justice system’.

Against this background, the IBA launched the Judicial Integrity Initiative with the aim to ‘combat judicial corruption where it exists by attempting to understand the types of corruption that affect the judicial system and focusing on the role of the various professionals who operate within judicial systems’. 

During this webinar, we will present the key findings of an IBA study which focuses on the processes that are in place to hold judges to account for their conduct, whether misconduct warranting disciplinary action or corruption warranting criminal sanctions. In particular, we will discuss:

  • the effectiveness of the questionnaire adopted to conduct this study and its potential use by policy-makers, members of the judiciary, academia and experts to evaluate how misconduct or corruption by judges is investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned through internal disciplinary systems and under criminal law;
  • policy recommendations with regard to the integrity benchmark as defined at the international level (eg, Bangalore Principles and Article 11 of the UNCAC); and
  • the challenges of striking a balance between judicial integrity and judicial independence. 

The report will be available to download after the event.

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Maria Pia Sacco

R&P Legal studio associato, Bologna, Italy

Sara Carnegie

International Bar Association, London, England; Member, IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council

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Confirmed speakers
Rosanna Amato

Research Institute on Judicial Systems, CNR

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David W Rivkin

Debevoise & Plimpton, New York, New York, USA; Honorary Life Member of IBA Council and Association

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Vanessa Ruiz

International Association of Women Judges

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Tatiana Veress

UNODC, Austria

José Igreja Matos

International Association of Judges, Lisbon, Portugal

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