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A Personal Journey Through the Rule of Law in the South Pacific

by W K Hastings

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Conceptually, the idea that the rule of law is maintained by an independent and impartial judiciary is not difficult to understand. In fact, we really only hear about “the rule […]

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A Global Judicial News Report: November 2021

by Judicature Staff

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Venezuela Judicial independence threatened A report by the United Nation’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has raised concerns about judicial independence in the country. The […]

Leaving Afghanistan

by David F. Levi, Allyson K. Duncan, Tayeba Parsa, Zohal Noori Rahiq, Susan Glazebrook, Helena Kennedy, Patricia Whalen, David Rivkin and Mark Ellis

Judicature International, Vol. 105 No. 3 | Leaving Afghanistan

International organizations are working to evacuate Afghan women judges, who face particular peril under Taliban rule.

Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

The Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Afghanistan

by Mehdi J. Hakimi

Judicature International, Vol. 105 No. 3 | Leaving Afghanistan

The current rule of law crisis has roots in Afghanistan’s 2004 constitution, which created a flawed separation of powers system.

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A Global Judicial News Report: December 2021

by Judicature Staff

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Poland Polish lawyers use romcoms to promote judicial independence In 2017, four Polish lawyers were brainstorming ways to convince the public sector that an independent Polish judiciary was important, not […]

Judicial Selection and Judicial Independence

by Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake

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The process of judicial selection varies dramatically across the globe. Even countries with similar legal structures and systems might select judges in different ways. And while most scholars agree that […]

Postcard from Hamm, Germany: Q&A with Judge Julia Dhom

by Julia Dhom

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In Judicature International’s Postcard Series, judges from around the world answer a series of questions about the structure of their court, challenges they face, unique experiences, and interactions on the bench. This […]

Postcard from Jacksonville: Q&A with Judge Virginia Baker Norton

by Virginia Baker Norton

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In Judicature International’s Postcard Series, judges from around the world answer a series of questions about the structure of their court, challenges they face, unique experiences, and interactions on the bench. […]

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A Global Judicial News Report: February 2022

by Judicature Staff

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Afghanistan Afghan women judges continue to face evacuation challenges New reports on the Afghanistan crisis — the topic of a roundtable discussion in last month’s edition — further detail the […]

A Global Judicial News Report: March 2022

by Judicature Staff

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PICTURED ABOVE: BRIGHT SUNFLOWERS IN UKRAINE (GETTY IMAGES SIGNATURE) Ukraine As Russia continues its violent assault on Ukraine, judiciaries around the world are issuing statements in solidarity and to demand […]

Supreme Court of Pakistan

A Global Judicial News Report: April 2022

by Judicature Staff

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PICTURED ABOVE: EXTERIOR OF THE SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN (GETTY IMAGES SIGNATURE) Hong Kong Two Justices of the United Kingdom have withdrawn from Hong Kong’s final court of appeal, citing […]

Walking Back Human Rights in Europe?

by Laurence R. Helfer and Erik Voeten

Vol. 106 No. 1, Judicature International | An online-only publication

In Walking Back Human Rights in Europe? (published in the European Journal of International Law, Vol. 31 No. 3, 2020), scholars LAURENCE R. HELFER and ERIK VOETEN examined minority opinions of the European Court of Human Rights […]

Ebb and Flow

by David Collins and Laurence R. Helfer

Vol. 106 No. 1, Judicature International | An online-only publication

In their article, Human Rights in Europe? (European Journal of international law, Vol. 31 No. 3 (2020)), LAURENCE R. HELFER, the Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law at Duke University, and ERIK VOETEN, the […]

How Technology is Changing Justice in China

by Shitong Qiao, Zhiyu Li and Benjamin Chen

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In their article How Will Technology Change the Face of Chinese Justice? (Columbia Journal of Asian Law, 2020), Professor Zhiyu Li of Durham Law School and Professor Benjamin Chen of […]

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A Global Judicial News Report: June 2022

by Judicature Staff

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PICTURED ABOVE: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (GETTY IMAGES SIGNATURE) Afghanistan The British government refused entry to an Afghan judge who worked with British and American forces to prosecute terrorists captured in Afghanistan. The British […]

A Global Judicial News Report: July 2022

by Judicature Staff

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PICTURED ABOVE: INSIDE THE SUPREME COURT OF ISRAEL (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS; PHOTO CREDIT ANTHONY BARATIER) Hong Kong Concerns are growing in Hong Kong’s legal community about the deterioration of judicial independence and the […]

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Designing Constitutions for a Lasting Democracy

by Donald L. Horowitz and Elisabeth Perham

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Donald L. Horowitz, a leading expert in constitutional law, talks with Elisabeth Perham about what it takes to craft a successful modern-day constitution.

Postcard from Seoul, Korea: Q&A with Judge Seo Yoon Lee

by Seo Yoon Lee

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In Judicature International’s Postcard Series, judges from around the world answer a series of questions about the structure of their court, challenges they face, unique experiences, and interactions on the bench. This […]

Postcard from Bonn, Germany: Q&A with Judge Marc Eumann

by Marc Eumann

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In  Judicature International’s Postcard Series, judges from around the world answer a series of questions about the structure of their court, challenges they face, unique experiences, and interactions on the bench. […]

A Global Comparison of Judicial Discipline Mechanisms

by Zhuozhen Duan

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Judicial accountability is a sensitive topic because a disciplinary system may be subject to political pressure and can negatively impact judicial independence. Furthermore, because judiciaries in developed democracies tend to […]

Constitutional Court of South Africa

A Global Judicial News Report: July/August 2022

by Judicature Staff

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PICTURED ABOVE: INSIDE THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA (FLIKR; PHOTO CREDIT HARVEY BARRISON) Ireland🇮🇪 Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Maynooth University released a study finding that some Irish […]

A Global Judicial News Report: September 2022

by Judicature Staff

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PICTURED ABOVE: MAIN GATE AT THE SUPREME COURT OF KENYA (GETTY IMAGES SIGNATURE) Kiribati 🇰🇮 Kiribati’s Court of Appeal upheld orders from the chief justice to withdraw deportation orders placed […]

Artificial Justice: The Quandary of AI in the Courtroom

by Paul W. Grimm, Maura R. Grossman, Sabine Gless and Mireille Hildebrandt

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Artificial intelligence is here, and it’s everywhere. The technology is so pervasive, in fact, that it now hides in plain sight — in our cars and on our coffee tables. […]

A Global Judicial News Report: October 2022

by Judicature Staff

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Find a summary of news and headlines related to courts, judiciaries, and the rule of law from around the world in October 2022.

Illustration of person behind bars with "innocence" written in multiple langauges.

Toward Recognizing an International Human Right to Claim Innocence

by Brandon Garrett, Laurence R. Helfer, Jayne Huckerby, Mark Godsey and Luca  Lupària 

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In the last decade, nations have begun to formally recognize an individual’s right — at any time — to raise post-conviction claims of factual innocence. Despite the recognition at the state level, no international human rights instrument fully recognizes the right to assert one’s claim of innocence.

A Global Judicial News Report: December 2022

by Judicature Staff

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Afghanistan 🇦🇫 Afghanistan’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, issued an order directing judges to fully enforce sharia law. A Taliban spokesperson tweeted that Akhundzada ordered judges to implement hudud and qisas — aspects of […]

A Global Judicial News Report: January 2023

by Judicature Staff

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Guatemala 🇬🇹 Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on Guatemalan authorities to take steps to protect justice officials who have been persecuted for fighting corruption and impunity in […]