In coordination with the Norwegian Judges’ Association and the Guatemalan Mayan Bar Association, the ICJ inaugurated today a two-day Conference in Guatemala City.
The Conference was inaugurated by Jan Gerhard Lassen (the Norwegian Ambassador for Guatemala), Josué Baquiax Baquiax (President of the Supreme Court ), ICJ Commissioner José Antonio Martín Pallín and Director of the ICJ in Central America, Ramón Cadena.
The main topics of discussion were the need to strengthen the judicial career, and associationism.
Guatemala currently has only one formal judge´s association, which was identified by the speakers at the Conference as not consistently acting in the best interests of independent judges, necessitating the creation of an alternative association.
In terms of the judicial career, judges from around the region discussed the changes necessary to the law in Guatemala to ensure that judges are protected from undue pressures coming from outside, and within the judiciary.
The Conference concludes tomorrow with a public forum which will showcase the results of two forthcoming ICJ studies on judicial independence and specialized justice.