"The Judicial Officer of the 21st Century"
21st International Congress of Judicial Officers, Cape Town, South Africa, 1 to 4 May 2012.
Every three years, the UIHJ organizes the International Congress of judicial officers in a different continent. After America (Washington 2006) and Europe (Marseille 2009) it is once again the turn of Africa to host the International Congress of judicial officers. The choice turned to South Africa, located opposite of Tunisia where the International Congress of Tunis was a great success in 2003. And here is a chance for everyone to discover or visit again the beautiful city of Cape Town, the Pearl of South Africa.
Indeed a stay in South Africa is an experience that leaves no one indifferent. The legendary hospitality, the landscapes, the lush wilderness, the many activities are as many reasons to visit again and again this extraordinarily attractive and contrasted country.
The Steering committee and our South African colleagues have been working hard for many months to organize it. Everything is ready to welcome you in the best possible way. We have selected especially comfortable and modern hotels at affordable prices, located at a maximum of five minutes' walk from the Cape Town International Convention Centre, a lush modern building that reflects the dynamism of the country where the works will take place.
We will also celebrate in Cape Town the sixtieth anniversary of our great Union. Knowing the welcoming capacity of our fellow South Africans, the event promises to be unforgettable!
An international congress of judicial officers is primarily a meeting place for exchange and sharing between the judicial officers of all countries. It is likely that at the time of the congress the UIHJ will have nearly eighty member countries that will convene for a week. An exceptional and unique moment in a career, not to be missed...
The International Congress is the supreme body of the UIHJ. It results in scientific work of the highest interest. It is the place to brainstorm ideas and projects and shape the future of our profession, relentlessly pursuing the work already done by my predecessor, Jacques Isnard.
The profession of judicial officer is at a turning point at world level. Over the last twenty years, the judicial officers have been aware that their existence at international level is diverse in terms of training, status, and activities. Today this heterogeneity is a treasure.
The Guidelines of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe of 17 December 2009 on enforcement laid the foundation of the European judicial officer and probably at world level. The guidelines are in line with the overall recommendations of the UIHJ. They include the entire multi-field judicial officer program presented at the International Congress of Washington in 2006. Like the UIHJ, they promote a judicial officer with a high level of training, in charge and responsible for all enforcement actions.
Each country now aims to carry out existing activities in other countries. We are experiencing unprecedented waves of economic crisis. Despite this, the profession of judicial officer is certainly one of few able to consider its development thanks to its dynamism, modernity and its services to citizens, economic operators and justice.
The harmonization of the profession is operating globally. This harmonization will bring the profession to a higher level. It will include the development of secure paralegal activities. Each judicial officer will benefit from this.
The judicial officer is an essential element of the Rule of Law. The harmonized judicial officer will contribute to securing trade and law, to a better efficiency of justice, to reducing the courts backlogs, and to accelerate the judicial process, including through the use of communications technology.
An international congress is also the place to introduce new innovative projects. The UIHJ established a Scientific Council consisting of academics around the world. The Scientific Council is working with the congress team on the development of a World code of enforcement that will be presented in Cape Town. The draft statute of a standardized African judicial officer will again be promoted and the African Enforcement Title will be presented. As regards information technology and communication, all countries are not on the same level. However IT will play a key role in the future for all of us. The congress will provide an update on the latest advances and applications for the profession.
It's time to show the world this harmonized judicial officer: the judicial
officer of the 21st century!
Come to Cape Town and find out who we are!