Online courses

Corruption in the justice sector

3 week, expert-led course. Learn how to integrate anti-corruption measures in programming for judicial reform and rule of law. Suitable for practitioners involved in the justice sector, and general governance experts with a good understanding of the sector.


Facilitated, expert-led course.

Free of charge.

The course is for practitioners involved in rule of law and judicial reform programmes. You should have a good understanding of how the justice sector (or particular institutions) work. If you are interested in knowing more about anti-corruption measures in this and other sectors, and/or would like to raise internal integrity issues with your counterparts, this course can be helpful.

If you are a general governance expert with a good understanding of the rule of law who would like to integrate justice sector institutions into your programming, this course will benefit you.


3 weeks.

Participants will need between 3 and 5 hours per week to go through the material and to complete a short assignment.


14 September – 4 October 2020.

Who can apply

U4 online courses are primarily for U4 partner staff and their guests. Partner staff can sign up directly, see below.

We also accept applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations who collaborate with the U4 partner agencies. If this applies to you, please ensure that you get a nomination from your contact person in the U4 partner agency sent by e-mail to . Please include your name, position and organisation with a note on your professional background and why you think you can benefit from this course.

We regret that we cannot accommodate applicants who have no direct relevance to the U4 partners' work.

Course prerequitsites

In order to ensure a shared basic knowledge of definitions, terminology and concepts of corruption and anti-corruption, prospective participants must complete our self-paced Essentials of Anti-Corruption I module before they can take this course. Essentials of Anti-Corruption II: Development Programming is also recommended, but not required.

What you'll learn

Week 1 – Corruption risks and tools to assess them

  • Corruption risks along the criminal justice chain
  • Overview on surveys and assessment tools of corruption and corruption risks in justice sector
  • Case: Police corruption in Indonesia

Week 2 – Internal and external oversight

  • Overview of anti-corruption tools
  • Overview of international standards and guidelines of professional behaviour
  • Oversight mechanisms
  • Recruitment and dismissals
  • Case: Judicial appointments in Ukraine

Week 3 – Other integrity-supporting approaches

  • International support, collaboration and peer-to-peer learning
  • Judicial specialisation as a means for more efficiency, expertise and integrity?


By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • Describe the major ways in which corruption in justice sector institutions can arise;
  • Find and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of various assessment tools for identifying corruption risks in justice sector institutions
  • Propose and prioritise a set of anti-corruption approaches and ways to integrate anti-corruption measures into justice sector programming

Questions about the course? Contact our course coordinator, Vera Devine.

View course leaflet.

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We’re the team responsible for this course

Vera Devine

Senior Adviser and Online Course Coordinator