On February 25-26, the conference “Past, Present, Future” takes place in Doha, Qatar, attended by representatives of judiciaries from all over the world. Among them are the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics, the Chair of the Department of Civil Cases Aigars Strupiss and the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases Veronika Krumina. The conference is organized by the Global Judicial Integrity Network and is supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Supreme Judiciary Council of Qatar.

The Global Judicial Integrity Network was created in 2018 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at a high-level conference in Vienna, which brought together more than 350 participants, including 35 court presidents and other judiciary representatives from 106 countries and 40 justice institutions. The purpose of the Network is to promote the transparency and integrity of judicial systems by providing a platform for judges around the world where they can communicate with each other, learn from each other and share best practices. The Network has already supported many jurisdictions by improving its information and resources database, by holding meetings on topical issues. This is the only such large-scale judicial network in the world.

The objectives of the Second Conference of the Global Judicial Integrity Network are to discuss the implementation of the priority areas identified in the 2018-2019 Work Plan, to discuss current and future challenges to legal integrity, and to explore the efforts of the justice system to address them, as well as to identify future actions.

The Conference will be opened by Dr Hassan bin Lahdan Alhassan Almohanadi, President of the Court of Cassation of Qatar, as well as by UNODC representatives. This will be followed by a plenary session on the use of social media among judges. The second part of the day will be devoted to discussions in working groups on issues such as judicial ethics and disciplinary matters, gender issues, transparency and accountability of judicial systems, selection and appointment of judicial candidates, judicial independence, user evaluation and other current topical issues.

The results of the working groups will be discussed on the second day of the Conference. The Doha Declaration on Legal Integrity will also be discussed and adopted. The Doha Declaration focuses on the understanding that justice and sustainable development are interlinked and mutually reinforcing.

 

Information prepared by Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court
E-mail: iveta.jaudzema@at.gov.lv; telephone +371 67020396