Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Judicial election by popular vote may violate international principles on independence of judiciary - IBA

The International Bar Association posted on December 19th,
"In a new report released today, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) warns that judicial elections by popular vote may become politicised and the principles of judicial independence violated. Furthermore, the report finds that the judicial retention elections in the United States’ state of Iowa, in 2010, were incompatible with the principles of judicial independence as embodied in the United Nations (UN) Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary (1985) and the right to a fair trial as set forth in Article 14 of the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966). ..."