IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, represented us at the UN Conference on Contemporary Challenges on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective

New York, USA | Judge Vanessa Ruiz, IAWJ President, represented us at the conference on “Contemporary Challenges on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective, ” on February 9-11, 2019, organized by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, and the New York Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation.

The conference was called by the UN Special Rapporteur on Judicial Independence, Diego Garcia Sayan, and was held under the auspices of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

A selected high-level group of judges from around the world, including IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, surveyed current challenges to judicial independence and considered the desirability of amending or supplementing the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1985.

In commenting on the way forward, Judge Ruiz stated: “Definition of the foundational principles and requirements of judicial independence should be led by judges and achieve a judicial consensus, that can be adapted to local circumstances. Judicial independence is like a muscle and must be exercised.”  

Judge Ruiz offered IAWJ’s network of judges as a resource and audience to advance strengthened judicial independence and explained that IAWJ members are judicial leaders at the international, regional and local levels.