Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry finishes his eight-year term on 12 December 2013, leaving the legacy of a robust and assertive Court, as well as some well-founded criticisms of inconsistency in its approach to human rights, the ICJ says in a new report released today.
The 4th ICJ Geneva Forum of Judges and Lawyers opened today. This year’s forum promotes the role of women in the judiciary, focusing particularly on women judges and lawyers from Africa and the Middle East.
Lawyers continue to encounter impediments to the exercise of their professional functions and freedom of association, as well as pervasive corruption, although they have been able to act with greater independence, says the ICJ in a new report launched today.
Today, the ICJ observed a hearing in a case concerning Zinaida Mukhortova, a lawyer detained until recently in a psychiatric facility, allegedly for carrying out her professional duties, but released on 1 November.