Quinney College to Host Judicial Independence Conference Oct. 1-3

From October 1-3, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will host a group of international judicial experts who will explore the topic “Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis.”

“This symposium is bringing together two dozen internationally known experts on the judicial function. Several of these international experts happen to be Utah residents, and we are delighted to host this event,” said Wayne McCormack, a professor of law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, who helped organize the syposium. “The panels will explore critical themes of multi-cultural conflicts, and how various judicial systems have dealt with crises and turmoil. The conference will also address proposed amendments to international standards for judicial independence, standards that help guide justice reform in both settled and emerging nations.”

A partial list of scheduled topics include The Challenges of Constitutional Supremacy in Post-Conflict Iraq, Bosnia–Herzegovina: Prosecutors, Judges and Post–Conflict Recovery – A Brief Study in Prosecutorial and Judicial Independence in the Investigation and Prosecution of War Crimes and Corruption; Uniform Civil Code in India; Politics of Judicial Independence in the State and Federal Courts of the U.S.; and Discussion and Approval of Amendments to the International Standards of Judicial Independence.

McCormack says he hopes the conference will produce both thoughtful analyses of use to policy makers as well as reinforcement for international standards of judicial independence.

Sponsors include the Global Justice Project at the College of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Cambridge Centre for Public Law.

The event will be held in the Borchard Conference Room on the second floor of the College of Law. For a schedule of public events and list of participating scholars, see the attached final agenda