Lebanon: Ensure the independence of the judiciary  

Lebanon: Ensure the independence of the judiciary

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has released a new advocacy paper on the current situation of the judiciary in Lebanon that documents the recent attacks on the independence of the judiciary; analyses the provisions of the Draft Law designed to improve the independence of the judiciary (hereinafter Draft Law) in light of international standards; and offers recommendations and guidance to the new legislature regarding the Draft Law.

The 40-page advocacy paper, Lebanon: Upholding Judicial Independence Discussion and Recommendations on the Draft Law on the Independence of the Judiciary (available in English and Arabic) analyses the extent of which the Lebanese Judiciary is exposed to arbitrary, undue or unwarranted political interferences and calls on the new legislature to take specific measures in order to protect the independence of the judiciary.

The memorandum builds on previous research undertaken by the ICJ in this area, including

The Lebanese High Judicial Council in Light of International Standards;

The Career of Judges in Lebanon in Light of International Standards;

Judcial Accountability in Lebanon: International Standards on the Ethics and Discipline of Judges; and

The Role of Prosecutors in Ensuring Independent and Impartial Investigations and Prosecutions.


Lebanon-Upholding Judicial Independence webstory-AR

Lebanon – Judicial Independence Publication- English

Lebanon Judicial Independence Publication – Arabic


Said Benarbia, Director, ICJ Middle East and North Africa Programme, t: +41-22-979-3817; e: said.benarbia(a)icj.org 


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