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International Judicial Exchanges: International Rule of Law Resources

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Judicial Reform Index (JRI)
The Judicial Reform Index is an innovative tool developed by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative to assess judicial reform and judicial independence in emerging democracies and transitioning states. It offers international organizations, development agencies, technical legal assistance providers, and local reformers a reliable means to target judicial reform programs and monitor progress towards establishing more accountable, effective, and independent judiciaries.

ICJ Practitioner's Guide
Produced by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), this Practitioner's Guide offers practical insight into the international principles governing the independence and accountability of judges, lawyers, and prosecutors. It also presents the most relevant and current international standards on the topic.

International Association for Court Administration
The International Association for Court Administration promotes professional court administration and management in emerging democracies and other countries pursuing the rule of law.

The International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL)
INPROL seeks to turn "lessons learned" from previous experience promoting the rule of law into lessons actually applied. This Internet-based knowledge network assists rule of law practitioners by providing them with access to relevant expertise, documents, and best practices.

USAID Rule of Law Strategic Framework (PDF)
Rule of law initiatives carried out by USAID utilize this guide, which draws from experience to attempt to improve or start a rule of law project. The Strategic Framework emphasizes the historical and political context in assessing a country in order to create a rule of law project that best fits the country's needs.

USAID Technical Publication Series
This series provides links to USAID rule of law-related guides covering such topics as ADR, case tracking and management, fighting corruption, judicial independence, and the role of the media.

USAID Office of Democracy and Governance: Guidance for Promoting Judicial Independence and Impartiality (PDF)
This guide, from the USAID website, seeks to promote understanding of the issues surrounding judicial independence and to assist USAID and other donors, in collaboration with their local counterparts, in designing and implementing programs that effectively strengthen judicial independence.

Universal Charter of the Judge
Drafted by judges from around the world, and unanimously approved by the Central Council of the International Association of Judges, the Charter outlines the minimal norms and expectations needed for the maintenance of judicial independence.

The World Bank: Justice Knowledge & Research
The World Bank has a number of resources related to judicial reform. This link includes information on rule of law and development, legal reform, justice reform, fighting corruption, and justice sector performance evaluation.

International Consortium for Court Excellence
An international consortium of groups and organizations working with judicial systems in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States developed a quality management system designed to help courts improve their performance. The International Framework for Court Excellence represents an all-encompassing approach to achieving court excellence and sets forth core values to guide judicial systems, seven areas of court excellence aligned with those values, a self-evaluation process guidance for courts to improve their performance.