Shaping international judicial training at the 8th IOJT Conference

Monday, November 13, 2017

  • The EJTN has attended the 8th International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) Conference on the Training of the Judiciary, held in Manila, the Philippines.
  • The EJTN was honoured to help shape international judicial training through its contribution to IOJT’s declaration on judicial training guiding principles.

The EJTN is honoured to have contributed significantly to international judicial training through its participation at the 8th International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) Conference on the Training of the Judiciary. The Conference was, for the first time ever, held in Asia in Manila, the Philippines, November 5-9, 2017.

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 counts in 126 member institutes from all around the globe.

The EJTN's Secretary General, Judge Wojciech Postulski, represented the Network and acted in the capacity of Deputy Regional President of IOJT. The event featured 3½ days of educational speeches, activities and networking. This year's general conference theme was "Judicial Education 2025 – Core Values and Future Innovations," which is a particularly timely area of focus.

Helping to shape international judicial training
The Conference also witnessed the adoption of a seminal declaration, which will well serve judicial training in the future.

At the event, judicial training institutions representing over 70 countries ratified IOJT’s declaration 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.

EJTN’s Secretary General sat in IOJT’s judicial training guiding principles drafting committee. The committee was chaired by Mr Benoît Chamouard of EJTN’s Member organisation The French National School for the Judiciary/Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM) and represented the continents of the globe.

IOJT’s 10 judicial training guiding principles framed within 4 areas are the following:

PRINCIPLES

1. Judicial training is essential to ensure high standards of judicial competence and performance. Judicial training is fundamental to judicial independence, the rule of law, and the protection of the rights of all people.

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

2. To preserve judicial independence, the judiciary and judicial training institutions should be responsible for the design, content, and delivery of judicial training.

3. Judicial leaders and the senior judiciary should support judicial training.

4. All states and countries should:

(i) Provide their institutions responsible for judicial training with sufficient funding and other resources to achieve their aims and objectives;

and

(ii) Establish systems to ensure that members of the judiciary are enabled to undertake training.

5. Any support provided to judicial training should be utilized in accordance with these principles, and preferably in coordination with institutions responsible for judicial training.

TRAINING AS PART OF THE JUDICIAL ROLE

6. It is the right and responsibility of all members of the judiciary to undertake training. Each member of the judiciary should have time to be involved in training as part of their normal judicial work.

7. All members of the judiciary should receive training before or upon their appointment, and should also receive regular training throughout their careers.

TRAINING CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY

8. Acknowledging the complexity of the judicial role, judicial training should be multidisciplinary and include training in law, skills, social context, values, and ethics.

9. Training should be delivered primarily by members of the judiciary who have been trained for this purpose.

10. Judicial training should reflect best practices in professional and adult training program design. It should be practical, employing a wide range of up-to-date methodologies.

Through its engagement in many international networks, EJTN is proud to have helped inspire and shape this universal IOJT declaration that will enhance judicial training around the world.