Justices of the Taiwan Constitutional Court Led the Delegation of the Judges Association of ROC (Taiwan) to Attend the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Judges at Tel Aviv, Israel.
September 29, 2022
During September 17th to 23rd, Justice Jui-Ming Huang of the Taiwan Constitutional Court (TCC) led the delegation of the Judges Association of ROC (Taiwan) to attend the 64th annual meeting of the International Association of Judges (IAJ) at Tel Aviv, Israel. The delegation includes Justice Sheng-Lin JAN and Research Judge Hsin-Hsuan YU of the TCC, Judge Chia-Wei LAN from the Department of Judicial Administration at the Judicial Yuan, Judge Chun-Li HUNG from the Taiwan High Court, Judge Yi-Lun LIN and Judge Kai-Chieh HSU from the Taiwan Taipei District Court, and Judge Yen-Chih CHEN from the Taiwan Changhua District Court.
The International Association of Judges (IAJ), established in Salzburg, Austria at 1953, is a professional, non-political international organization, with the aim of protecting judicial independence and human rights. The IAJ currently has members from 94 countries, and is divided into four regional groups, namely: the European Association of Judges (EAJ), the Iberoamerican Group (IG), the African Group (AG), and the Asian, North American and Oceanian Group (ANAO). More than 300 of them from more than 70 countries attended this year’s meeting. Judges Association of ROC (Taiwan) became one of the formal members in 1995. Afterwards, it hosted the 44th annual meeting of the IAJ at Taipei in 1999. The IAJ passed the Universal Charter of the Judge in the same year, pledging its determination in safeguarding the independence of judicial authorities.
The theme of this year’s IAJ meeting is “Law, Technology and Public Goods”, with four sub-topics from the Study Commissions on “Disciplinary Proceedings and Judicial Independence”, “How Data Protection Rules are Impacting on Civil Litigation”, “Restriction by the Criminal Law of the Freedom of Speech”, and “What is the Impact of the Judicial Workplace on Judicial Independence?”. During the opening ceremony, Audrey TANG, Minister of Digital Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was invited to deliver a virtual speech on the topic “Applications of Digital Technology in Court Procedure”.
Taiwan’s participation in IAJ’s meeting yields fruitful exchanges between Taiwanese judiciaries and judges from other countries. Justice HUANG and Justice JAN shared about the new Constitutional Procedure Act and the Citizen Judges’ scheme in the meeting of ANAO Regional Group, which drew interest and conversations from attending judges. Justice HUANG also delivered a speech in the meeting of the IAJ Central Council, introducing Taiwan’s judicial system and its determination in safeguarding judicial independence. During his speech, Justice HUANG invited IAJ members to attend the 65th Annual Meeting of the IAJ, which will be hosted by the Judges Association of ROC (Taiwan) in Taipei, Taiwan.