Bosnia and Herzegovina: Anti-Corruption Conference Tackles Challenges to Judicial Integrity

On December 13, 2016, Bosnian justice sector representatives, civil society, academics, and media convened in Mostar for the Second Annual Anti-Corruption Conference, organized on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9). The event was organized by USAID’s Justice Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in cooperation with the BiH High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) and the BiH Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption. The conference was attended by members of the HJPC, the Chief Disciplinary Prosecutor of BiH, chief prosecutors, court presidents, judges, representatives of professional associations, lawyers, ministers of justice, NGOs, academics, with the media participating.

The conference focused on strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and the fight against corruption. Sessions touched on the challenges and future steps pertaining to judicial integrity. Panel members included judges from the Supreme Court of BiH, the Tuzla Cantonal Court, and the Court of BiH. They discussed the challenges and potential solutions facing the integrity of the judicial institutions and the ethical behavior of judicial office holders and members of the Council. The Chief prosecutors of the Republika Srpska (RS) and the Sarajevo Cantonal Prosecutors’ Offices, Mahmut Svraka and Dalida Burzic, along with NCSC Experts Tamara Laptos and Azhar Kalamujić, discussed the challenges and the capacity of judicial institutions to combat corruption, as well as the importance of improving cooperation between prosecutors’ offices and investigative journalists. During these sessions, the panelists, with contributions from the audience, referred to the achievements to date in BiH, current challenges, and future steps for the judiciary and its partners when it comes to fighting corruption.

The USAID Justice Project is a five-year rule of law initiative designed to help Bosnia and Herzegovina justice sector institutions combat government corruption and prosecute serious crimes to ensure the integrity of public institutions.  The USAID Justice Project is implemented by Millennium DPI in partnership with NCSC.