Conference challenges and opportunities, how to promote judicial education

Sunday, 28 Sep, 2014

Conference challenges and opportunities, how to promote judicial education

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Arrival and Registration

Opening Address
H.E. Dr. Ali Al Marri, Attorney General of the State of Qatar
Mr. Fahad El Adhba, Executive manager of the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption Center
Mrs. Mariam El Arab, Head of the Judicial Education Center in Doha
Mr. Alejandro Alvarez, Team Leader, Rule of Law, UNDP, New York

Thematic Area 1 Session – Presented and Facilitated by Pakistan

Theme 1 – Judicial Education: Philosophy and Rationale

1. What are the key concepts and precepts that define judicial education in light of the principles of judicial ethics and accepted norms in the justice domain, and how have they evolved over time?

2. How far do they respond to the needs faced by adjudicators today?

3. What purpose(s) should judicial education serve in today’s judicial systems?

Thematic Area 2 Session – Presented and Facilitated by Qatar

Theme 2 – Design of Judicial Education

1. What are the gaps in knowledge and skills that judicial education should prioritize (e.g. evidence analysis, code of conduct, judgment writing, mediation and arbitration, court and case management)?

2. What assessment mechanisms have the greatest potential for determining these gaps in the most effective and efficient manner?

3. What are the educational approaches, methodologies, tools and channels that may be employed to impart knowledge and skills?

Lunch and coffee break

Thematic Area 3 Session – Presented and Facilitated by Palestine

Theme 3 – Structure of Judicial Education and its Implementation Environment

1. How can the impacts of judicial education on key outcome areas (such as quality of adjudication, litigant experiences and satisfaction levels, general citizen perceptions, reduction in backlogs and pendency) be objectively and reliably evaluated?

2. What have been the practical challenges in realizing judicial education to the fullest?

3. How can judicial officers be incentivized to pursue education opportunities and to apply acquired knowledge and skills in the performance of their duties?

4. What are the appropriate career levels (pre-service, in-service, mid-career, and advanced) for imparting education to judicial officers and how should its content and methodology differ at each level?

Coffee break

Presentation by International Expert on Innovative Approaches to Judicial Education. Expert should present for an hour and then leave room for Q&A

Wrap up and Day 1 Closing remarks
Qatar Closing Remarks


Arrival and coffee/tea

Day 1 recap and agenda introduction – Alejandro Alvarez

Presentation of Country Experiences on History of Judicial Education in their respective countries and present current work in this area (Pakistan, Palestine and Qatar). To be facilitated by Justice Oxner


Lunch and coffee break

Participants split into 2 mixed groups to explore suggestions for implementing effective judicial education.

Coffee and tea break

Group presentation on recommendations for more effective judicial education. Moderated by Justice Oxner.

Wrap up and Closing remarks
On behalf of the Chief Justice of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, Justice Qalander Ali
National Counterpart, Palestine
Alejandro Alvarez, Team Leader, Rule of Law, UNDP
Qatar Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre

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