The proper role of the judiciary is one of the most contested issues in contemporary democracies. Yet, the nature of that contestation often varies because the role that the judiciary plays in any particular democracy is determined in large part by the constitutional text, conventions and practice of that jurisdiction, as well as its history and political and legal culture. Too often arguments about the separation of powers are formulated in general terms and overlook the significance of these factors.
The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights's ongoing Adjudicating Human Rights speaker series invites judges from a wide range of jurisdictions, including national and supranational courts, to address questions about the separation of powers in the context of their own jurisdictions. Issues to be explored include the legal and political factors that determine the role of the judiciary, the relationship between the judiciary and other institutions, and the concept of judicial independence.
In convening this series of conversations, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights hopes to deepen understanding of the variation in the role of the judiciary across the world. To that end, each event in the series is now available to be watched on the Institute's YouTube channel.
28 April 2017
2 May 2017
9 May 2017
Next up: Chief Justice Georgina Wood in conversation with Sir Nicholas Blake