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Webinar

Selection of Judges and Prosecutors in Central America

Date:

May 18, 2022

Time:

11:30am-01:00pm CST

Location:

Online

Cost:

Free

Summary

Justice officials assume a fundamental role in protecting the rule of law and, consequently, democratic governance and social well-being in northern Central America. The selection process of the highest judicial and prosecutorial authorities is essential for public institutions.

Only through a transparent review of a candidate’s merits can the most suitable option be selected. In practice, however, powerful groups seeking to maintain high levels of impunity, and even intending to criminalize human rights defenders and anti-corruption critics, have co-opted the selection process.

In this webinar, panelists will address recent developments of judicial selection processes in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and determine what lessons we can draw from these experiences in order to improve processes in the future.

Join SIF and American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies for this discussion on improving the selection processes for judges and prosecutors in northern Central America in an effort to combat corruption and impunity.

Simultaneous interpretation will not be available for this event.

Welcome

Eric Hershberg

Director

Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, American University

Speakers

Claudia Paz y Paz

Former Attorney General of Guatemala

Director for Central America and Mexico, CEJIL

Fátima Mena

President, Anti-corruption Commission

Congress of Honduras

Gabriela Castellanos

Executive Director

Consejo Nacional Anticorrupción (CNA)

Michael Camilleri

Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Executive Director, Northern Triangle Task Force

USAID

Ruth López

Head of Anticorruption and Justice

Cristosal

Moderator

Mirte Postema

Project Manager

Anti-Impunity Fund, Seattle International Foundation (SIF)