Specialized Anticorruption Courts: The Updated U4 Paper and Panel

Last month, I posted an announcement regarding a panel, which I moderated, at the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, on specialized anticorruption courts, which was held in conjunction with the release of the updated U4 Issue paper on that topic. (The original paper, which I coauthored with U4 Senior Advisor Sofie Schütte, was published in 2016.) Several readers who were not able to attend the livestream of the panel expressed interest in seeing the video recording, and I am pleased to say that the video is now available here.

The description of the panel, as it appears in the U4 website linked above, is as follows:

Anti-corruption courts are an increasingly common feature of national anti-corruption reform strategies. By mid-2022 there are 27 known anti-corruption courts across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Reasons for their creation include the resolution of backlogs but also concerns about the ability of ordinary courts to handle corruption cases impartially. While there are no definitive best practices for specialised anti-corruption courts, existing models and experience provide some guidance to reformers considering the creation of similar institutions.

Matthew C. Stephenson Eli Goldston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Panelists (video section breakdown)

  • (05.00 mins)
    Do specialised anti-corruption courts make a difference?

    Sofie Schütte
    – Senior Adviser U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre/CMI
  • (20.00 mins)
    The experience of creating Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court

    Olha Nikolaieva
    – Legal and Judicial Adviser, USAID Justice for All Activity
  • (30.00 mins)
    The success and challenges of Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court

    Marta Mochulska
    – Associate Professor of Law, Lviv National University
  • (38.00 mins)
    Regional approaches and experiences of ac courts in Eastern Europe

    Ivan Gunjic
    – PhD Candidate, University of Zurich
  • (44.00 mins)
    Examples of both positive and cautionary experiences with AC courts

  • (51.00 mins)
    Questions from the audience

1 thought on “Specialized Anticorruption Courts: The Updated U4 Paper and Panel

  1. Dear Matthew, greetings from Ecuador late this year in my country we selected for the first time anti corruption judges, we have high expectations on their job.

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