Carmel Rickard's blog

Editorial: IAJ-ARG Conference 2019

Perhaps the most challenging session for delegates concerned the “conservatism” of too many judges in Africa, despite the potentially liberating effect of new constitutions. “Judicial timidity” and an “enthusiastic abdication of judicial responsibilities” in the face of a determined executive meant that the rule of law, constitutionalism and democracy itself were all at risk. In our view, training of judicial officers is crucial to address this problem: in a safe and supportive environment, judges need to reflect on what their judicial independence actually means.

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