International Standards for the Independence of the Judiciary

“International Standards for the Independence of the Judiciary” highlights the essential functions of an independent judiciary in a constitutional democracy. Drawing on a combination of both hard and soft sources of international law, it reveals a definition of judicial independence that can be met in various legal and constitutional contexts, while allowing courts to protect human rights, secure the rule of law, and ensure the principles of a constitutional democracy.

This Working Paper is part of the Constitutional Transitions/Democracy Reporting International Working Paper Series.