The Justice of the Constitutional Court, as the only expert from the Baltic States, will research criteria for assessing judicial independence at an international seminar
From 11 to 14 April, Sanita Osipova, the Vice-president of the Constitutional Court, will participate in an international seminar on judicial independence that will be held at the Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The highest-level experts have been invited to participate in the seminar, i.e., judges and scholars of law, who will review the methodology for assessing the independence and the accountability of the judiciary.
Every year all judges of the Member States of the European Union (hereinafter – the EU) are invited to participate in the survey conducted by the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) “Independence, Accountability and Quality of the Judiciary” to establish the judges’ views on the aspects of the independence of the judiciary and of judges in their countries. On the basis of the survey results, an annular informative report is prepared, using specific criteria of assessment and methodology for data analysis.
The aim of this seminar is to discuss the criteria and methodology used thus far, as well as to obtain, in experts’ discussions, proposals for improving the mechanism for assessing the independence of the judiciary that would allow to assess and present better the data obtained from the judges of various EU Member States in the informative report.
In the framework of the seminar, several experts’ working groups will be set up and a number of working groups’ discussions will be held. The outcomes of the seminar will be summarised and published on the homepage of the Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution of Utrecht University:
The seminar is organised by the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ), in cooperation with the Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution of Utrecht University.