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Annual thematic reports

Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

In resolution 44/8, as in previous ones, the Human Rights Council requested the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers to submit annual thematic reports to the General Assembly and Human Rights Council.

Human Rights council reports

Session Symbol number Title Author
2023 A/HRC/53/31 Reimagining justice: confronting contemporary challenges to the independence of judges and lawyers Margaret Satterthwaite
2022 A/HRC/50/36 Protection of lawyers against undue interference in the free and independent exercise of the legal profession Diego García-Sayán
2021 A/HRC/47/35 Impact and challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for independent justice Diego García-Sayán
2020 A/HRC/44/47 The impact of corruption on public prosecution services Diego García-Sayán
2019 A/HRC/41/48 Freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly for judges and prosecutors Diego García-Sayán
2018 A/HRC/38/38 Judicial councils Diego García-Sayán
2017 A/HRC/35/31 Perspectives on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego García-Sayán
2016 A/HRC/32/34 The independence of the justice system revisited - Indicators Mónica Pinto
2015 A/HRC/29/26
and A/HRC/29/26/Corr.1
Protecting children’s rights in the justice system Gabriela Knaul
2014 A/HRC/26/32 Judicial accountability Gabriela Knaul
2013 A/HRC/23/43
and A/HRC/23/43/Corr.1
Legal aid Gabriela Knaul
2012 A/HRC/20/19 Independence and impartiality of prosecutors and prosecution services Gabriela Knaul
A/HRC/20/20 Advance Report on the Global Thematic Study on Human Rights Education and Training of Legal Professionals Gabriela Knaul
2011 A/HRC/17/30
and A/HRC/17/30/Corr.1
Gender and the administration of justice Gabriela Knaul
2010 A/HRC/14/26 Continuing education on human rights as a guarantee for the independence of judges and lawyers / Major developments in international justice Gabriela Knaul
2009 A/HRC/11/41 Guarantees of judicial independence / Major developments in international justice Leandro Despouy
2008 A/HRC/8/4 States of emergency and the right to a fair trial / Access to Justice / Major developments in international justice Leandro Despouy
2007 A/HRC/4/25 Classifications of the situations addressed by the Special Rapporteur 1994-2006 / The rule of law and states of emergency / Major developments in international justice Leandro Despouy
2006 E/CN.4/2006/52 Administration of justice and the right to the truth / The judiciary and justice in a period of transition / Iraqi Special Tribunal / The fight against terrorism and its impact on human rights: report on the situation of persons detained at Guantánamo Bay Leandro Despouy
2005 E/CN.4/2005/60 Counter-terrorism and its impact on human rights, including the right to a fair trial / Justice in a period of transition Leandro Despouy
2004 E/CN.4/2004/60 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers –Substantive topics and issues identified by the Special Rapporteur Leandro Despouy
2003 E/CN.4/2003/65 Judicial decisions reflecting the independence and impartiality of the judiciary / Activities of the Special Rapporteur / Situations in specific countries or territories Param Cumaraswamy
2002 E/CN.4/2002/72 Terms of reference / Methods of work / Activities of the Special Rapporteur / Theoretical issues / Standards / Judicial decisions reflecting the independence and impartiality of the judiciary / Situations in specific countries or territories Param Cumaraswamy
2001 E/CN.4/2001/65 Terms of reference / Methods of work / Activities of the Special Rapporteur / Theoretical issues / Standards / Judicial decisions reflecting the independence and impartiality of the judiciary / Situations in specific countries or territories Param Cumaraswamy
2000 E/CN.4/2000/61 Terms of reference / Methods of work / Activities of the Special Rapporteur / Theoretical issues / Standards / Judicial decisions reflecting the independence and impartiality of the judiciary / Situations in specific countries or territories Param Cumaraswamy
1999 E/CN.4/1999/60 Terms of reference / Methods of work / Activities of the Special Rapporteur / Theoretical issues / Standards / Judicial decisions reflecting the independence and impartiality of the judiciary / Country situations Param Cumaraswamy
1998 E/CN.4/1998/39 The mandate / Methods of work / Activities of the Special Rapporteur / Establishment of an international criminal court / Country situations Param Cumaraswamy
1997 E/CN.4/1997/32 Terms of reference / Methods of work / Activities of the Special Rapporteur / Theoretical issues of special importance / Country situations Param Cumaraswamy
1996 E/CN.4/1996/37 Terms of reference / Methods of work / Activities of the Special Rapporteur / Theoretical issues of special importance / Situations Param Cumaraswamy
1995 E/CN.4/1995/39 Considerations on the mandate / Methods of work / Resource requirements  

General Assembly reports

Session Symbol number Title  
2023 A/78/171 The promise of legal empowerment in advancing access to justice for all Margaret Satterthwaite
2022
Judicial independence in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Diego García-Sayán
2021
Participation of women in the administration of justice
Diego García-Sayán
2020 A/75/172
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Disciplinary measures against judges/Use of ‘disguised’ sanctions Diego García-Sayán
2019 A/74/176
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35th anniversary of the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary Diego García-Sayán
2018 A/73/365
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Bar associations Diego García-Sayán
2017 A/72/140
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Organized crime and its impact on the judicial system Diego García-Sayán
2016 A/71/348 Protecting the independence of lawyers and the legal profession Mónica Pinto
2015 A/70/263 Review and assessment of the main issues addressed over six years of mandate Gabriela Knaul
2014 A/69/294 Justice and the post-2015 development agenda Gabriela Knaul
2013 A/68/285
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Military tribunals Gabriela Knaul
2012 A/67/305 Judicial corruption Gabriela Knaul
2011 A/66/289 Gender in the criminal justice system: the role of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul
2010 A/65/274 The role of criminal justice in combating impunity Gabriela Knaul
2009 A/64/181 Independence of lawyers and the legal profession / Brief review and assessment of six years of the mandate / Major developments in international justice Leandro Despouy
2008 A/63/271 The protection of human rights under states of emergency, particularly the right to a fair trial / Key developments in international justice Leandro Despouy
2007 A/62/207 Conditions influencing the administration of justice and the independence of judges, prosecutors and lawyers / Protecting rights during states of emergency / Access to justice / International justice Leandro Despouy
2006 A/61/384 International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance / Military justice in the context of the trying of civilians and serious human rights violations / The situations of detainees at Guantánamo Bay / Supreme Iraqi Tribunal / International Criminal Court / Extraordinary Chambers in Cambodia Leandro Despouy
2005 A/60/321 Terms of reference and methods of work / Mission to Ecuador / Counter-terrorism and the right to a fair trial / The International Criminal Court / The Iraqi Special Tribunal / Transitional justice and the right to the truth Leandro Despouy