(MENAFN- The Peninsula) With the participation of over 50 judges from around the world, the Supreme Judicial Council will host the second high-level meeting of the Global Judicial Integrity Network from February 25-27.
The three-day global event will hold six general sessions and 16 seminars. 'The second high level meeting of Global Judicial Integrity Network will likely conclude with a Doha declaration on judicial integrity, which builds on the progress made in the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct created in 2003, said Vice-President of the Court of Cassation and Head of the Judicial Inspections Department, Judge Abdullah Al Saadi while addressing press conference yesterday. Al Saadi said that the event will be attended by over 50 judges from across the world.
President of the Court of Appeal Judge Ibrahim Saleh Al Nisf who was also present in the press conference said that the Global Judicial Integrity Network meeting in Doha would focus on the importance of judicial integrity. He added that the Qatari constitution gave high priority to the judiciary's independent, noting that the 60th Article of the Constitution regulated the independence of the three branches of government.
'The declarations and guides on judicial integrity are one of the important tools to ensure the independence of the judiciary, Al Nisf said, stressing the importance of raising awareness on these codes of conduct while also revising them to ensure they remain relevant.
The President of Court of First Instance Judge Ayedh bin Saad Al Qahtani discussed the efforts made to update the code of judicial conduct that the council was currently working on. 'One of the issues the council is working on is the balance between the Qatari cultural values and current international judicial methodologies, he said.
The member of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration Judge Dr. Khalifa Abdullatif Al Meslemani discussed the importance of the Network in enhancing international efforts aiming to promote judicial integrity.
He provided some statistics on the segments that benefit from the Global Judicial Integrity Network's services. He also discussed the role of the Supreme Judicial Council in cooperation with its state partners, and how that resulted in the birth of the current initiative, which in turn was inspired by the country's 2003 constitution.
Acting Director of International Cooperation Unit at the Supreme Judicial Council Omar Ghanim Mohammed stressed that the meeting will see strong international participation by judges from five continents.
He added that the meeting can be considered the biggest international gathering of court presidents in what sets a precedent for international judicial cooperation.
Executive Director of the Court of First Instance Nawaf Al Hammadi said that Doha's hosting of the high-level meeting provides an opportunity to academics and legal experts in the State of Qatar to benefit from international expertise in the field of judicial integrity and transparency. 'It will also shed light on the latest international experiences in the field in six general sessions and 16 seminars, he added.
Established in April 2018, the Global Judicial Integrity Network is open to judiciaries and a broad range of individuals and institutions, including judges, magistrates, members of judicial councils, court personnel, judicial associations, and other stakeholders, as well as relevant international organizations.
The State of Qatar provides technical and financial support to the initiative, while the United Nations enriches it by operating and promoting it. The Network aims to promote peer learning and support activities, facilitate access to relevant tools and resources related to judicial integrity, and support the further development and effective implementation of principles of judicial conduct and prevent corruption within the justice system. The network has benefited 1488 judges worldwide through its programmes.
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