Reform Handbook Project: 2007-2009
activity undertaken by the APJRF was the
development of a judicial reform publication.
The volume is practical in focus, developing
know-how based on the analysis of actual and relevant
reform experiences from within the region.
received funding from the United
Nations Democracy Fund, and implemented
the Judicial Reform Handbook project in partnership
with the United
Nations Development Programme regional mission
in Bangkok as executing agency. The Handbook
was developed through the collaboration of
member countries over 2007-2009. By promoting
the direct participation of members in the design
and development of the Handbook, relevance to
individual country’s judicial reform initiatives
will be promoted.
At the commencement of the project,
the APJRF Secretariat requested all members to
assist in developing a list of potential judicial
reform topics for inclusion in the proposed publication.
Members participating in the Kuala Lumpur round
table meeting prioritised the identified topics
in light of which of these were of the most immediate
relevance to them. In this way, the publication’s
content was defined.
Nine authors were identified following
a regional selection process and contributed to the publication. These contributors were senior
judges, court administrators, lawyers, scholars
and representatives of civil society from across
the region. An ‘issues-based’ approach to drafting
was adopted to ensure that chapters were focussed
around selected key messages informed by the chapter
authors’ practical reform experience.
A number of core concepts, grounded
upon the philosophy articulated in the Manila
Declaration, underpin the publication - that it
- Promote standards of justice
established in international instruments.
- Describe our actual experiences
of common challenges.
- Create a practical tool for
exchanging learning and use by each other.
- Empower and enable reform actors
throughout the justice system.
- Contribute to developing a
shared vision across the region.
Through this, the publication
will have the potential to offer a rich spectrum
of know-how and practical learning for those engaged
in the critical quests for justice, protection
of human rights and the promotion of good governance
across the Asia Pacific region.
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Board - overseeing the development
of the publication as the member’s representatives,
and peer reviewers:
- Justice Antonio T CARPIO: Supreme
Court of the Philippines (Chair.)
- Senior Judge Zhang GENDA: Supreme
People’s Court of China.
- Justice Kenneth HAYNE: High
Court of Australia.
- Dr Faqir HUSSAIN: Secretary,
Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan.
- Chief Justice Vincent LUNABEK:
Supreme Court of Vanuatu.
- Mr. R. SUDARSHAN:
Justice and Law Reform Advisor, UNDP Regional Centre Bangkok.
- Justice Phattarasak VANNASAENG:
Supreme Court of Thailand.
- Fr. Ranhilio AQUINO: Chair,
PHILJA Department of Jurisprudence and Legal
- D'ato Param CUMARASWAMY: Honorary
Member, International Commission of Jurists.
- Ms. Lynnsay RONGOKEA FRANCIS:
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.
- Ms. Sara Hossain: Judicial
Reform Expert, Bangladesh.
- Mr. Warwick SODEN: Principal
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Federal
Court of Australia.
and Review Team:
- Mr. Livingston Armytage: APJRF
- Mr. Lorenz Metzner: APJRF
- Ms. Emilia Mugnai: Programme
Specialist, Justice and Human Rights, UNDP RCB.