Educating Judges: Towards Improving Justice

A Survey of Global Practice. Edited Reprint with Updated Research


What the experts said about ‘Educating Judges’:
• ‘A comprehensive review of judicial education ... an extremely valuable work.’
Sir Anthony Mason, Chief Justice of Australia
• ‘Truly a seminal work which sets the best practice for the field. ‘
Dr Charles Ericksen, Vice-President, NCSC, USA
• ‘A most masterly survey of the field.’
Professor Martin Partington, Judicial Studies Board, England
• ‘Thorough, well argued and comprehensive; offers substantial insight at many points.’
Professor John K. Hudzik, Director, JERITT, USA
• ‘A substantial piece of work ... and a significant contribution.’
Professor Peter Sallmann, Executive Director, AIJA, Australia
• ‘Sophisticated and mature treatment of a vital area of public education.’
Emeritus Professor J. E. Thomas, University of Nottingham, England
• ‘Invaluable … contains a wealth of material and references’
Judge John Goldring, Dean of Law, University of Wollongong, Australia.

About this Second Edition: 2015
Brill|Nijhoff is delighted to republish Educating Judges, the seminal monograph in the field of judicial education. First published in 1996, this book enables judicial educators to develop a more effective pedagogy by focusing on the distinctive learning needs, styles and preferences of judges, and deepening understanding of judges as learners. Much has happened since then. Over the past twenty years, judicial education has grown very substantially around the world in both size and sophistication. It is now well established in many countries and is seen as an essential component of modern concepts of justice.

In addition to providing new entrants an opportunity to read this classic text, this second edition enables readers to gauge what has happened – or not – in the world of judicial education over the past two decades. This new edition reports on the findings of the first ever survey conducted of leading judicial educators around the world. In doing so, it examines the state of judicial education across a range of issues, including:
• significant recent developments,
• major institutional issues and challenges,
• trends in professionalizing the practice,
• evolving goals, curricula, methodologies and approaches,
• building knowledge through research, evaluation and networks,
• impact and applications of information technology;
• use of judicial training in official development assistance; and
• how globalisation is affecting the education of judges.
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Biographical Note

Livingston Armytage has been instrumental in establishing judicial education since the early 1990s. He has specialised in judicial development and reforming justice systems in more than 50 countries around the world. His other books include: Searching for Success in Judicial Reform – Voices from the Asia Pacific Experience (Oxford, 2009), and Reforming Justice – A Journey to Fairness in Asia (Cambridge, 2012). He is Editor of ‘ Judicial Education & Training’, the journal of the International Organization for Judicial Training.
Dr. Armytage is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Sydney.

Table of contents

Foreword; Acknowledgments;
Prologue to the Second Edition: 2015
1 Introduction; 2 Framing Perspective: A Global Overview; 3 Original Edition; 4 Research Methodology; 5 The Data
a Significant Recent Developments; b Institutional Issues and Challenges; c Trends in Professionalising Practice ; d Evolving Goals, Curricula, Methods and Approaches; e Building Knowledge – Research and Evaluation; f Exchanging Knowledge – Global, Regional Networks; g Information Technology – Impact and Applications; h Official Development Assistance; i Globalisation of Judging and Judicial Education;
6 Conclusions
Bibliography to this Prologue
Preface to Original Edition; Foreword to Original Edition;
PART A The Issue of Need
1 Introduction
I Professionalization; II Concept of Competence; III Quest for Accountability; IV History; V Outline
2 The Need for Judicial Education
I Educational Need; II Philosophical Debate
3 Judicial Selection
I Criteria; II Extraneous Considerations; III Models of Selection; IV Consultation
4 Assessment of Need
I Methodology and Technique; II Empirical Research; III Findings in Australia; IV Observations
PART B Educational Considerations
5 Adult Learning
I Application of Adult Learning Theory; II How Adults Learn; III Observations for Judicial Educators
6 Judges as Learners
I Professional Development; II The Practice of Judicial Education; III Foundations of a Model of Continuing Judicial Learning
PART C Effective Program Delivery
7 Frameworks of Policy and Practice
I Mission, Goals and Objectives; II Formulation of Policy; III Domain; IV Standards; V Prescription; VI Educational Planning
8 Educational Evaluation
I Techniques; II Methodology; III Models; IV Practice of Judicial Education; V Critique
9 Conclusions
I Summing Up; II The Challenge Ahead
Appendices; Bibliography to the Original Edition; Subject Index to the Original Edition.

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