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    Workshop: Laws are not Enough: Citizens against Corruption in Police and Judicial Institutions

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    Coordinated by: Cathy Stevulak, Partnership for Transparency Fund, Regional Coordinator

    Much attention has been devoted in first phase reforms in developing countries to the establishment of anti-corruption laws. However, laws by themselves are not sufficient. Enforcement of laws and prevention programmes to build integrity of public institutions, including the police and judicial institutions, are other essential elements for achieving integrity and accountability in the public sector, hence helping to restore trust for peace and security. Civil society has a critical role to play in this process.

    This workshop will draw lessons from four innovative, contemporary case studies to demonstrate how civil society organizations are working constructively with police and judicial institutions with the goal of reducing corruption and restoring trust in these institutions. The panel, together with workshop participants, will explore ethical dimenions of a sound police and judiciary as well as monitoring measures to advocate for proper conduct –- all citizen-driven initiatives that focus on the rights of the marginalized. What works and why?

    Topics include:

    • Prevention of corruption in the police
    • Prevention of corruption in the judiciary
    • Enforcement of anti-corruption laws by the judiciary

    In Argentina, Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) advocated for the opening up of written corruption investigations that had been kept secret, is monitoring the files and publicly addressing improprieties and disseminating information.

    TI-Mongolia worked with judicial authorities on an extensive training programme for judges and teachers of law and on a participatory process for developing an improved judicial code of ethics. Experience showed that the commitment of judicial authorities and the involvement of peer trainers provided for credibility and sustainability.

    Uganda Law Society’s advocacy efforts with judicial authorities led not only to interdiction of an allegedly corrupt magistrate, but also to increased staffing of magistrates to handle cases more efficiently. A legal experts committee on anti-corruption was formed and the anti-corruption court has reportedly led to increased public confidence in the judiciary.

    National Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda (NAFODU) formed a partnership with Uganda Police in five districts of south-western Uganda with the aim to prevent corruption and restore trust in the police. Elements of this partnership include a community radio programme to enable citizens to talk with police about abuses of police powers, a baseline survey for better understanding of public perception of police corruption, community monitoring of police behaviour, public information campaigns about police conduct laws, and ethics training for police.

    These case studies show that civil society activism can be very effective provided the approach respects a number of key principles: (i) the monitoring work should be highly disciplined and professional to gain respect from officials and the public; (ii) wherever possible the approach should be non-confrontational; (iii) the CSOs involved need to patiently build networks of influence by identifying and working with key champions of reform within the power elite; and (iv) focus primarily on reform of accountability systems rather than pursue contentious individual cases of corruption.


    Workshop Coordinator: Cathy Stevulak, Partnership for Transparency Fund, Regional Coordinator
    Moderator: Anabel Cruz, Chair of the Board, Partnership for Transparency Fund; Chair of the Board, CIVICUS; founder of National Association of NGOs in Uruguay
    Rapporteur: John Clark, Principal, The Policy Practice


    Ezequiel Nino, Founder and Co-Director, Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), Argentina
    Topic: Access to Information and Monitoring previous Corruption Case files
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    Joseline Korugyendo, Head of Programs, National Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda (NAFODU)
    Topic: Police Community Partnership Forum
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    Sylvia Mukasa, Executive Director, Uganda Law Society
    Topic: Enhancing the Capacity of Lawyers and the Public in Uganda to promote accountability
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    Sukhee Dugersuren, Executive Director, Transparency International Mongolia
    Topic: Anti-corruption Training for Law Schools and Judicial Systems and Improvement of Judicial Code of Ethics
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