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Thursday, September 3 • 08:30 - 10:30
Assessing corruption risks in the judiciary: what role for the community?

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The session will address innovative assessment tools that build on community engagement to identify and mitigate risks of corruption in the justice sector. 

A functioning judiciary is crucial to hold the corrupt to account and to restore justice after the fall of abusive regimes. However, justice sector institutions are increasingly undermined by vested powers and corruption – which in turn is fueling impunity. Corruption reduces the accessibility and quality of justice and the legitimacy of not only judicial institutions but the state more generally. By undermining contract enforcement and property rights, corruption in the justice sector can impede much needed investment in developing and transitioning countries. Only when the corruption risks in the justice sector can be assessed adequately, can effective counter-measures be developed.

The session will assess the options available to hold judges sufficiently accountable for their actions – so they uphold the rule of law and embody integrity.  The limitations of normative approaches to address corruption in the judiciary, such as the promulgation of codes of conduct will be critically discussed. The session will highlight innovative experiences where the community was involved in keeping the judiciary accountable, in particular through participatory risk assessments where various stakeholders were involved (e.g. prosecutors, police, court personnel, lawyers, court users and prisoners awaiting trial, representatives from bar associations). A number of practitioners will participate in the debate and share their own experiences with such assessments. The session is expected to deliver recommendations for developing a participatory risk assessment tool for the justice sector that could be adapted in jurisdictions worldwide.

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Elodie Beth

Programme Advisor for Transparency, Accountability, and Anti-Corruption, United Nations Development Programme Bangkok Regional Hub
Mrs. Elodie Beth is Programme Advisor in the Governance and Peacebuilding Team in UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. She provides advice to governments, national partners and UNDP country offices in Asia-Pacific in their efforts to promote transparency, accountability, anti-corruption and... Read More →

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Haemiwan Z. Fathony

Former Deputy Coordinator, Judicial Reform Team Office
Haemiwan Z. Fathony is former Deputy Coordinator for Judicial Reform Team Office, Supreme Court of Indonesia. The Office is responsible to coordinate the reform programme and organisational transformation efforts at the Indonesian judiciaries. It involves more than 800 court offices... Read More →
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Radha Friedman

Director of Programs, World Justice Project
Radha Friedman leads the World Justice Project’s efforts to engage nontraditional actors to advance the rule of law. Radha’s work has spanned five continents on a variety of justice issues—land rights for women (co-founder and Deputy Director of Landesa’s Center for Women’s... Read More →

Hon Prof. Dr. H.C. Rudolf Mellinghoff

Judge Mellinghoff is President of the Federal Supreme Tax Court of Germany and member of the Judicial Integrity Group. He studied at the University of Munster and served his traineeship in Baden-Wuerttemberg. He was appointed a Judge at the Finance Court in 1989. Thereafter, he was... Read More →
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Hon Justice Kashim Zannah

CHIEF JUDGE, Judiciary
Appointed Judge of the High Court of Borno State, Nigeria in 1997 and Chief Judge in the year 2006. Sits on the boards of several international bodies in the field of law and justice, like the International Association of Refugee Law Judges (IARLJ), International Society for the Reform... Read More →

Session Coordinators
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Sofie Schuette

U4 Senior Advisor, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

Thursday September 3, 2015 08:30 - 10:30 GMT+08
Hall 4

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