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Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

The ICJ’s Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL) brings together global legal and policy expertise and connections to relevant UN bodies and international legal professional associations, from its Legal and Policy Office in Geneva, with on-the-ground experience and legal insight from each of the ICJ’s regional programmes.

The CIJL leads global policy development and legal analysis, for and on behalf of the ICJ, on all aspects of the independence and accountability of judges, lawyers and prosecutors, as well as their essential role in securing the rule of law and legal protection for human rights.

The CIJL also publishes guidance to legal practitioners, participates in expert meetings and standard-setting processes of UN and other international bodies, and serves as a forum for cross-regional exchange of experience and expertise.

The CIJL maintains a list of key international and regional standards.