Roundtable discussion on judicial capacity building in Libya
March 29, 2014: Tripoli, Libya. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the High Judicial Institute of Libya organizes a two-day roundtable discussion (29 - 30 March) on judicial capacity building.
The discussion focuses on identifying the challenges and the needs of the Institute related to judicial capacity building. The roundtable, which is bringing together experts from Libya, Czech Republic, Italy, UNDP and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), aims to contribute to the larger goal of a Libyan judiciary more efficient in serving the public. Participants will also consider internationally-recognized best practices in judicial capacity building. It is expected that the meeting will come up with possible ideas on how to apply these best practices to the Libyan context.
During the opening of the meeting, Mr Ali Bakar, Director of the High Judicial Institute of Libya, stated that Libya is at cross roads towards establishing a democratic state that all Libyans have been dreaming for decades to realize it and this discussion is important for justice sector of Libya and it occurs in a very important point of time.
Members from High Judicial Institute and High Judicial Council of Libya are partaking in the discussions. Moreover, experts from Italy, Check republic and Tunisia will share substantive experiences from their respective countries.
Post-revolution Libya is experiencing unprecedented reforms in its justice system towards the independence of the judiciary at all levels of institutions. To build independent and impartial judiciary, it is imperative to establish and strengthen the independence justice system, said Mr, Ali Saad of UNDP rule of law project manager during the opening ceremony.
The overall aim of the round table discussion and the rule of law and justice project of UNDP is to develop the capacities of key justice institutions to deliver equitable and efficient services to citizens. Moreover, UNDP has been working to empower civil society organizations and the population to have access to justice and find out solutions to resolve disputes and build peace.