detail - Rule of Law Programme Middle East and North Africa
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Social media have gained importance in recent years and have implications also on the judiciary. The use of social media by judges must be seen in the context of their impartiality and integrity in general, which is among the fundamental principles of the rule of law. Any personal interest in the outcome of a case or the bias towards a party compromises the neutrality of the judge's decision. In what way the use of social media by judges is considered to affect their impartiality, and the interpretation thereof, differs, however, from country to country.
The expert meeting, by taking a comparative approach to different legal-historical traditions, aims to analyze and evaluate how judges, courts and regulators have reacted towards social media so far, what ways have been adopted and which institutional, regulatory and societal challenges are being faced.