On 14 January, the Nagoya University Centre for Asian Legal Exchange (CALE) and the Graduate School of Law are hosting a webinar on judicial independence in ASEAN.
In order to safeguard independent judiciary in any jurisdiction, policymakers have to create adequate frameworks for appointing and promoting judges, as well as securing their independent status. ASEAN member states, in their endeavors to create a new era judiciary which is independent and effective, face numerous challenges. For example, in Cambodia, the Minister of Justice has an authority to influence every stage of the decision-making process concerning judges’ careers. In Myanmar, the direct involvement of ex-military personnel in the judiciary questions both the impartiality and independence of judges. In Vietnam, the principles of democratic centralism which prioritize the supremacy of legislature eventually affect the whole judicial sector, including independence of judges. Thus, the judiciaries in many ASEAN member-states face similar issues, although different historical, cultural, and political backgrounds underlie the problem.