Regional Workshop on Judicial Integrity in Southeast Asia

January 26-27, 2012, Jakarta

On 26 and 27 January 2012 the Supreme Court and the Judicial Commission of the Republic of Indonesia in partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, gathered 132 participants, including Chief Justices, Justices, senior judges, academics and legal practitioners from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.

The meeting was also attended by the Hon. Michael Kirby, Hon. Justice Rudolf Mellinghoff and Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama representing the Judicial Integrity Group.

In a quest to identify good practices and advance regional cooperation, participants discussed intensely for two days approaches to promote integrity-based reforms of judicial systems in the region as a crucial element of promoting political, social and economic development and upholding human rights and the rule of law. The workshop focused on international standards to uphold integrity in the justice sector, pursuant to Article 11 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct (ECOSOC Res. 2006/23), as well as mechanisms and institutions designed to provide for accountability and both internal and external oversight of the judiciary, including through the involvement of judicial commissions, anti-corruption bodies, and non-state actors such as the media and specialized NGOs.

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