Forging international judicial training at the 9th IOJT Conference

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  • The EJTN is attending the 9th International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) Conference on the Training of the Judiciary in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Through its participation, the EJTN is proudly helping to promote the rule of law through training, cooperation and the international exchange of information.

The EJTN is honoured to contribute to international judicial training through its participation at the 9th International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) Conference on the Training of the Judiciary. The Conference is, for the first time ever, being held in Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, September 22-26, 2019. The conference represents the largest gathering of judicial education training institutes in the world, holding the primary objective of discussing the latest developments in the judicial education field.

The rule of law
The IOJT was established in 2002 to promote the rule of law through the training and education of judges, cooperation between judicial training institutes and the international exchange of information. The IOJT, which is a volunteer, non-profit organization that relies upon the efforts and good will of its members, counts in 123 member institutes from 75 countries around the globe.

This important global gathering features several days of plenary sessions, speeches, activities and networking. This year's general conference theme is Judicial Training: A Key to Successful Transformation of the Judiciary.

Building on foundations 
The EJTN's Secretary General, Judge Wojciech Postulski, is representing the Network and acting in the capacity of the IOJT Europe Deputy Regional President. He along with Mr Benoît Chamouard of EJTN’s Member organisation The French National School for the Judiciary/Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM) and Mr Leonel González Postigo, Training Director of the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) and the IOJT South America Deputy Regional President, are chairing the opening plenary session entitled IOJT’s Judicial Training Principles: Building on the Foundation.

It was in autumn 2017 at IOJT’s previous international conference, held in the Philippines, where IOJT’s declaration was adopted, providing its members judicial training guiding principles for conceptualising and providing judicial training. Significantly, it was EJTN’s own Judicial Training Principles, which acted as the inspiration for IOJT’s judicial training guiding principles.

An incredible array of contemporary topics
Through dozens of sessions, the multi-day conference addresses an incredible array of contemporary topics, including leadership development, faculty development, managing cases, innovative teaching methods, good governance, social media and the judiciary and media and the law. There is also a strong focus on emerging areas of law, evaluation methods, technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) issues, ethics and judicial training, gender and judicial training, judicial wellness, public confidence in the judiciary and LGBTQ issues and judicial training.

The EJTN is proudly participating in this seminal 9th IOJT Conference on the Training of the Judiciary, which is promoting the rule of law through the training and education of judges, cooperation between judicial training institutes and the international exchange of information.