November 19, 2017

The International Institute for Justice Excellence

Mr Jeffrey A. Apperson, Chairman, IIJE.

Today, several international leaders in the field of justice announced the establishment of the International Institute for Justice Excellence (IIJE), a nonprofit institute. The Institute will be headquartered in the international city of justice – The Hague, Netherlands.

The International Institute for Justice Excellence (IIJE) will hold an event to recognize our world’s continuing effort to serve humanity’s goal of justice, an “International Justice Excellence Day’” to be celebrated on November 14, 2017, and a “Justice Administration Excellence Award,” to be announced at the International Justice Excellence Day ceremony.

On November 14 it will also be celebrating the justice administration legacy of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which closes at the end of 2017, in the Great Courtroom in the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands.

Objectives of the IIJE

The Institute will strive to work with national and international communities to:

  • Assist in the development of the effective administration of justice
  • Contribute with all members of the international community to achieve the goals of access to justice, fairness of judicial process and the attainment of the Rule of Law.

The Board of Directors of the International Institute for Justice Excellence, will collectively announce their establishment as a non-profit organization and their dedication to serving the above-stated goals.

The specific mission of the Institute is:

“To establish a nonpolitical, nonprofit, international institution dedicated to developing a collaborative approach to improving, globally, the administration of justice more uniformly and efficiently by promoting and providing:

  1. Research;
  2. Education; and the dissemination of international best practices and procedure related to the field of court management. And “To establish the ability to review practice outcomes as meeting international guidelines set by IIJE in all essential justice administration fields.”

The Hague Conventions outlined norms for the conduct of war, which remains a continuing challenge. However, the overarching goal of justice and peace as an intervention to war must be the primary global objective.

Attaining justice requires a a more cohesive and informative generational approach to building our institutional capacities – both within our governments and in our collective society. Society is transformed by establishing and maintaining a strong foundation of justice that internalizes the Rule of Law.

Martin Luther King referred to building “The Rule of Justice.” The Supreme Court of Pakistan refers to the same principle as “Rule Among the People with Justice.” No matter the language, the goal remains the same: establish, honor and maintain the Rule of Law.

The IIJE will strive to provide an institutional forum in several languages for the dissemination of best practices in justice administration. The forum will include practice to advance the areas of:

  • Institutional governance;
  • Information technology;
  • Human resource management;
  • Court administration;
  • Case management;
  • Public and media access; and
  • Strategic planning.

The overarching aim of the Institute is the improvement of access to justice. Launching our publication of an International Guideline for Justice Administration Practice and Procedure will be an immediate goal. Such guidance will accelerate the ability of nations to take a more cohesive and informative approaches to building the capacity of their national justice systems.

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