Gender equality in the administration of justice

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Dr. Diego García Sayán is working on his thematic report to the United Nations General Assembly, to be presented in October 2021 on gender equality in the administration of justice.

The Special Rapporteur requests through the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar the participation of the legal community to gather information to inform his report.

The United Nations General Assembly in 1985 adopted the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary and in 1994, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (now Human Rights Council) created the Special Rapporteurship on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur is derived from the concern of the Human Rights Commission at the frequency of attacks on judges, lawyers, and court officials and the link it noted between the weakening of safeguards for the judiciary and lawyers and the gravity and frequency of general human rights violations. It was established in Resolution 1994/41 and last renewed by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 26/7.

The Vance Center requests assistance to answer the following questions.

The Special Rapporteur is not looking for comprehensive research on this topic, but rather for descriptions of relevant information enabling him to analyze, explain, and propose recommendations to the UN.

Please complete the questions you have information about, no need to complete all the questions.

Deadline: May 31, 2021

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