A public lecture of an Executive Director at Washington State Judicial Conduct Commission (USA) Reiko Callner on “Preservation of integrity and independence in the judiciary” was held on May 26, 2017 at the Kyiv Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University within the UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series.
During the lecture, Ms. Callner considered fundamental values of the justice system, on which US Codes of Judicial Conduct are based, and the culture of integrity in Washington State. As noted by Ms. Callner, Washington State was the last state in the union to establish Judicial Conduct Commission, but this was the ability to learn from various designs of conduct commissions around the country, and to adopt a structure and function that is quite sound and independent. One of the main issues that emerged with the creation of the Commission, as noted by Ms. Callner, was the need to create some mechanism that could address the rare situations where a judge engages in ethical wrongdoing, within a government system that respects and protects judicial independence.
This is the fifteenth event held within the UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series – a series of lectures devoted to the topical issues of the rule of law and legal sphere, which is organized by the UCU Rule of Law Center together with the USAID Justice Sector Reform Program “Nove Pravosuddya” in cooperation with the Department of the UBA Ukraine in Lviv region and “Matviyiv and Partners” Law Firm.
Information about all speakers of the UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series and videos of their lectures can be found on the website of the Rule of Law Center: http://rlc.ucu.edu.ua/language/en/rlls-2/.