Policy Brief on the Judicial Nominations in Guatemala – Pockets of Resistance in a Closing Space

Jaime Chávez Alor, Latin America Policy Manager at the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, and Lauren McIntosh, Legal Officer at the International Legal Assistance Consortium, have co-authored a policy brief on the ongoing judicial nominations in Guatemala.

Guatemala’s Congress was slated to elect an entirely new judiciary in mid-October of this year. The judicial elections are occurring in the shadows of the United Nations-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) being forced to leave and in the middle of rapid rule of law backsliding. Nevertheless, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has pushed back and proven to be a “pocket of resistance” in a closing space for civil society and the justice sector. The brief examines the judicial nominations process and makes recommendations for more fair and impartial judicial nominations and elections.

Read the full policy brief here.

ILAC is an international organisation based in Sweden that gathers wide-ranging legal expertise and competencies from around the world to help rebuild justice systems in countries that are in conflict, post conflict, or in transition toward peace and democracy.

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