On December 5th and 6th, 2018 the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized a plenary conference titled “Judicial independence under threat?” at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. This conference brought together distinguished sitting Supreme Court justices, lawyers and experts from (a) Sub-Saharan Africa; (b) Latin America; (c) Asia; (d) Middle-East and North Africa; and (e) South-East Europe to discuss the outcome of a one-year series of conferences and workshops regarding the situation of the independence of judges and lawyers. Most of the speakers in Strasbourg took part in the regional events. The Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung selected Strasbourg as the place of the conference especially because of the work of the Venice Commission in the sphere of judicial independence.

Conference Report:  Judicial Independence Under Threat?

Rule of Law is one of the core values of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. As an important part of the Rule of Law the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung devoted its efforts to address the most compelling issues surrounding the independence of the judiciary for already a long period of time.

In 2018, the Rule of Law Programmes of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung embarked on a global topic of the year – “Judicial Independence”. In April 2018, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung signed a memorandum of understanding with Diego García-Sayán in his capacity as the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers to work closely together on the topic of judicial independence. As part of that, Diego García-Sayán has accompanied the project over the year and joined different workshops to discuss the current situation of the independence of the judiciary in various parts of the world.

Plenary conference titled “Judicial independence under threat?”, held on December 5th and 6th, 2018 in Strasbourg, France. Mr. Diego García-Sayán; Dr. Franziska Rinke; Dr. Gisela Elsner; Dr. Arne Wulff; Dr. Anja Schoeller-Schletter; and Dr. Harmut Rank,  Coordiantor and Directors of the Rule of Law Program, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Plenary conference titled “Judicial independence under threat?”, held on December 5th and 6th, 2018 in Strasbourg, France. Mr. Diego García-Sayán; Dr. Franziska Rinke; Dr. Marie-Christine Fuchs; Dr. Gisela Elsner; Dr. Arne Wulff; Dr. Anja Schoeller-Schletter; and Dr. Harmut Rank, Rule of Law Program, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Plenary conference titled “Judicial independence under threat?”, held on December 5th and 6th, 2018 in Strasbourg, France.

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