Our Mission & Values

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To promote access to justice, the rule of law, judicial independence, and democratic governance in developing countries by serving as a Canadian resource to the judicial and legal professions, court administration, government officials and others involved in and working at strengthening their justice systems.

We achieve this goal by:

  • Providing exposure to international practices and standards to the judiciary and justice administration officials through study tours and videoconference sessions;
  • Developing and implementing initiatives that promote access to justice and judicial independence, as well as enhancing public confidence in the justice system;
  • Developing and effecting public policies by assisting governments, courts and justice officials to promote freedom, the rule of law, and respect for cultural differences and a commitment to social justice;
  • Strengthening the rule of law and democratic governance through improved administration and sharing of Canadian practices in the delivery of justice;
  • Promoting international dialogue on the universal values of human dignity, gender equity, equality, and democracy;
  • Understanding and assessing the judicial environment to make recommendations to support and implement technological changes.

Our Values:

  • We value the respect for human rights, gender equity, equality, democracy and access to justice;
  • We believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is key to any country's economic growth, social development and legitimacy as a modern nation state;
  • We value and depend upon  the Canadian Judiciary and other justice system experts who share their expertise and experience;
  • We believe in ethics, integrity and accountability in our relationship with international partners.

In pursuit of our mission:

  • We value equality, diversity and the respect for other cultures;
  • We value the exchange of experiences, information and knowledge;
  • We are responsive to the goals and the needs of our international partners;
  • We identify and focus on measurable international practices and standards that are best suited for the local environment;
  • We promote long-term sustainability in all our approaches.