'Building confidence in the justice systems in the South Caucasus'

The Judicial Integrity Group and the Bangalore Principles

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The Judicial Integrity Group is a loose consortium of senior constitutional judges from OEGD and developing countries. Since 2000, the Group has set itself the task of strengthening the integrity of the judicial system world­wide in response to the declining level of public confidence in the judiciary. Since 2005, on behalf of BMZ, GIZ has been engaged in the supraregional advisory project 'Anti-corruption and integrity', which promotes compliance with judicial integrity standards. GIZ also supports the work of the Judicial integrity Group.

The Bangalore Principles of Judicial Gonduct establish standards of judicial integrity that are recognised worldwide. Together with a Gommentary, and the Measures for the Effective implementa­tion of the Bangalore Principles, these Principles provide guidelines for strengthening judicial reform in partner countries. The documents were devel­oped by the Judicial Integrity Group. The Principles are aligned with international human rights standards and the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The Bangalore Principles have played a role in key rulings adopted by national and international courts.