International Judicial Monitor
Published by the International Judicial Academy, Washington, D.C., with assistance from the
American Society of International Law

Spring 2009 Issue

International Resources

Rule of Law Resource Center
An online resource developed by LexisNexis that compiles rule of law information, news, tools, and expertise for rule of law practitioners and legal reformers.

West African Judicial Colloquia
Final report summarizing judicial colloquia in Senegal in 2006 and Ghana in 2007 organized by the Brandeis Institute for International Judges and others that addressed human rights law and international treaties, questions of judicial independence, and opportunities for professional development as well as the critical role of supreme court justices in promoting the rule of law in the West African region.

Our Courts
An interactive, web-based program and eventually a virtual 3D world designed to teach and engage middle-school students in civics. Through the lens of the judiciary, Our Courts will allow students to participate in realistic simulations of government and to grapple with relevant social issues. They will investigate and argue actual cases and controversies using real law, and they will view these cases from the perspective of the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government.   

European Case Law Database
A meta-search engine of national case Law, created by the Network of the Presidents of the European Supreme Courts which makes accessible judicial decisions of the Supreme Courts of Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy (Civil), Italy (Criminal), Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom (British and Irish Legal Information) and United Kingdom (Parliament).

Maximizing the Legacy of Hybrid Courts
This publication, which is part of the United Nations OHCHR series on transitional justice tools for post conflict states, explores how hybrid courts can receive the mandates and political support required to be more effective in building capacity and bestowing an enduring legacy upon the domestic justice system.  

2008 IAJ Study Commissions
Questions and answers on comparative practice in matters of judicial independence, damages for personal injury, sexual offenses, and rights of parents in employer-employee relationships prepared by Study Commissions and members of the International Association of Judges.

Justice Initiatives: Pre-Trial Detention
This publication of the Open Society Justice Initiative examines the practice of pre-trial detention and includes a discussion of international standards and treaties governing its use, an overview of pretrial detention reform efforts and the elements that can help them succeed, an assessment of the global costs—in both human and financial terms—of pretrial detention, and first-person accounts from the frontlines of reform efforts in Chile,  India, Malawi, Nigeria, Latvia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States.

Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor
The Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, hosted by the United Nations Development Programme, aims to make legal protection and economic opportunity not the privilege of the few but the right of all. Legal Empowerment was launched in 2005 by a group of developing and industrialized countries including Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Norway, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Kingdom, and has a mandate to complete its work in 2008. Commission documents, including its main report, Making the Law Work for Everyone, is available online here

Access to Justice Information in Latin America
This study on access to judicial information in 10 Latin American countries, carried out by the Due Process of Law Foundation, assesses the principal laws and regulations on access to judicial information in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Panama, and Uruguay.  

International Organization for Judicial Training
The International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) was established to promote the rule of law by supporting the work of judicial education institutions around the world. This mission is realized through conferences and other exchanges that provide opportunities for judges and judicial educators to discuss strategies for establishing and funding training centers, designing effective curricula, developing faculty capacity, and improving teaching methodology.

EJTN Online Training Tools
An online curriculum of innovative and easily accessible e-learning and training tools developed by the European Judicial Training Network on topics including judicial cooperation in criminal matters and human rights law for members of the judiciary and judicial trainers in Europe.


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