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Announcing the 2022 Central & Eastern European Judicial Exchange Network Conference


01 Apr 2022

The judiciaries in many Central and Eastern European countries are facing significant challenges that attempt to curtail judicial independence and judges’ ability to fairly administer justice. Overreaching executive and legislative actions, together with outside pressure and interference from the media, undermine the integrity and transparency of the judicial process. Public political attacks on the judiciary inhibit the ability to apply the law fairly without undue external pressures or fear of recrimination. A transparent and independent delivery of justice is critical to building public trust in the judiciary and this conference will explore proactive measures to foster greater confidence and support in the work of the judiciary in CEE countries.

The conference will, by sharing experiences and good practices among Network judges, facilitate a broader understanding of how judicial independence is currently being undermined and offer constructive suggestions with actual examples of current efforts to counteract and enhance the independence of the judiciary. We will discuss how judges can be encouraged and supported in their efforts to protect, promote, and strengthen judicial independence and gain greater trust and confidence from the public. This meeting is intended to spark discussions on judicial effectiveness, judicial governance, public relations strategies, community outreach, the use of social media, dealings with the media, and mechanisms for asserting judicial independence.

The topics addressed have been identified by the core members of the Judicial Network as issues that are critical to strengthening judicial independence and fostering a more positive perception of the judiciary, promoting confidence in the judiciary, and strengthening the rule of law.

The conference is primarily focused on rising judges who are active and motivated to improve the status quo.

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