The justice sector is crucial in maintaining accountability. At the same time, justice sector institutions can be part of the corruption problem.
Corruption reduces the accessibility and quality of justice and the legitimacy of not only justice sector institutions but the state more generally. By undermining contract enforcement and property rights, corruption in the justice sector can negatively affect much needed investment in developing countries.
U4 examines approaches to improve justice sector integrity such as the monitoring of judicial reform processes and social accountability mechanisms. The rationale and effectiveness of specialised anti-corruption tribunals will also be explored.
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Specialised anti-corruption courts
More and more countries, especially developing and transitioning countries, establish specialised anti-corruption institutions. A wave of special investigative and prosecutorial bodies (anti-corruption agencies) has been followed by the establishment of special courts to hear corruption and related crime cases. Watch this space for a series of country case studies and forthcoming comparative analysis on more anti-corruption courts around the world.
Publications in our specialised anti-corruption courts series