The conference is targeted at judges from all branches of jurisdiction.
The issue of the ethical conduct of judges is the subject of discussion worldwide, and has increasingly become a focal point in Europe over the last few years. Other States have developed national rules on judicial ethics which have been or are to be codified: for example in Italy, Poland, Lithuania and Estonia. In Austrian exists an ethic principle declaration of the Austrian Judges about judicial conduct.
The aim of the conference is to inform judges on the current stage of development in other countries, to conduct discussions on the subject and to pose the following questions:
- Should judges in Germany be subject to pre-determined ethical rules
- What ethical norms should apply to judges
- Should these rules be codified
- Which body should be responsible for ensuring compliance with these rules