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Professional Ethics for Judges - Seminar and exchange for Indonesian judges

Professional Ethics for Judges - Seminar and exchange against corruption

Indonesia as the oldest democracy and the biggest Muslim country of the world faces great challenges in stabilization and consolidation of the democratic state. In the official “Corruption Perceptions Index 2016” Indonesia ranks at place 90 out of 176 counties and improved in comparison to 2014 where the island state reached place 107 in the overall ranking. The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is supporting the path of democratic transition and development of the Indonesian democracy.

Corruption within the judgeship has tremendous adverse consequences since judges are the incarnation of the constitutional state and one of the most important parts in a functioning democracy. In their position, judges should satisfy high ethical and moral requirements in order to trustworthy dispense justice. The expectations towards the judges of a democratic Indonesia are high and are not always met.

The KAS in cooperation with the Jimly School of Law and Government is hosting the seminar for judges in Indonesia since 2014. Hereby a platform for exchange is created. Problems of the everyday working life can be discussed by colleagues and experts in a safe environment. From the 15th to the 17th of March the seminar took place in Denpasar and 20 judges had the chance to discuss about legal requirements, expectations and barriers of ethically right behavior. The seminar raises awareness about the problem of negative effects of corruption and plays an important role in the progress of Indonesian democracy.

Supported is the project by Jimly Asshiddiqie who is the former and first president of the constitutional court. Due to his experience as the most prestigious constitutional judge he could provide professional competence and assistance for the participants and their discussions. More support for the project came from the chairman of the judicial commission, Aidul Fitriciada Azhari. He used his experience to enrich the discussions with content and professional advice.

March 15 - 17, 2017