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Corruption in the justice sector

3 week, expert-led course. Learn how to integrate justice sector institutions in programming for judicial reform and rule of law. This course is for practitioners involved in the justice sector as well as general governance experts with a good understanding of the sector.


Facilitated, expert-led course.

In order to ensure a shared basic knowledge of definitions, terminology and concepts of corruption and anti-corruption, prospective participants must complete our 1-hour self-paced Essentials of Anti-Corruption I module before they can take this course.


3 weeks.

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


18 March – 5 April 2019.

The course has been developed for practitioners involved in rule of law and judicial reform programmes and who have a good understanding of how the justice sector, or particular justice sector institutions, work, but who might have been rather isolated from the discussion of anti-corruption measures in other sectors, and/or might feel it difficult to raise the issue of internal integrity with their counterparts. The course will also benefit general governance experts with a good understanding of the rule of law who would like to integrate justice sector institutions in their programming.

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
  • Example from Romania
  • 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.

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We’re the team responsible for this course

Vera Devine

U4 online course coordinator

Sofie Arjon Schütte

Deputy Director / Senior Adviser