Strengthening the Independence of Judiciary in Central Asia

The paper considers some obstacles to the exercise of judicial independence in Central Asia ‒ in particular, corruption, structural links between the judiciary and law enforcement organs, the duration of judicial appointments, and the influence of the executive. Particular attention is paid to the academic qualifications of candidates for judicial offices, and to the role of international and comparative law in judges´ professional purview. It is suggested that the quality of the administration of justice matters not only for the resolution of specific disputes among individuals and legal entities but, more generally, for improving social welfare, and for States´ social and economic development. This goal may be reached by effectuating long-term judicial appointments of candidates from among the most qualified and experienced advocates in civil, family and criminal matters, as well as by considerably improving judges´ financial provision.