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Corruption in the justice sector

3-week, expert-led course. Learn how to integrate anti-corruption measures in programming for judicial reform and rule of law. Suitable for practitioners involved in the justice sector, and general governance experts with a good understanding of the sector.


Facilitated, expert-led course. Engage in self-study, written assignments and group discussions in an online forum. Successful participants receive a certificate.

Free of charge.


3 weeks.

Participants will need 3–5 hours per week to review the material, contribute to discussions, and complete a short assignment. Support from U4 advisers and affiliated experts is available.


2 – 22 September 2024.

Who can apply

U4 online courses are primarily for U4 partner staff and their guests. We do, however, also accept a limited number of applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations.

Apply by using the register button below. In the case of high demand, we will prioritise among guest applicants to achieve a diverse group of participants (job role/organisation, gender, location, etc).

We regret that we cannot accommodate applicants who have no direct relevance to the U4 partners' work.

Course prerequisites

The course is for practitioners involved in rule of law and judicial reform programmes. You should have a good understanding of how the justice sector (or particular institutions) work. If you are interested in knowing more about anti-corruption measures in this and other sectors, and/or would like to raise internal integrity issues with your counterparts, this course can be helpful.

If you are a general governance expert with a good understanding of the rule of law who would like to integrate justice sector institutions into your programming, this course will benefit you.

In order to ensure a shared basic knowledge of definitions, terminology and concepts of corruption and anti-corruption, prospective participants must complete our self-paced Essentials of Anti-Corruption I module before they can take this course. Essentials of Anti-Corruption II: Development Programming is also recommended, but not required.

What you'll learn

Week 1 – Corruption risks and tools to assess them

  • Corruption risks along the criminal justice chain
  • Overview on surveys and assessment tools of corruption and corruption risks in justice sector
  • Case: Police corruption in Indonesia

Week 2 – Internal and external oversight

  • Overview of anti-corruption tools
  • Overview of international standards and guidelines of professional behaviour
  • Oversight mechanisms
  • Recruitment and dismissals
  • Case: Judicial appointments in Ukraine

Week 3 – Other integrity-supporting approaches

  • International support, collaboration and peer-to-peer learning
  • Judicial specialisation as a means for more efficiency, expertise and integrity
  • Live webinar on corruption in prisons, 19 September 2024


By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • Describe the major ways in which corruption in justice sector institutions can arise;
  • Find and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of various assessment tools for identifying corruption risks in justice sector institutions
  • Propose and prioritise a set of anti-corruption approaches and ways to integrate anti-corruption measures into justice sector programming

Questions about the course? Contact course@u4.

Download course leaflet (PDF).

Register your interest in this course:


Sofie Arjon Schütte
Sofie Arjon Schütte
Senior Adviser


Rachael Tufft
Rachael Tufft
Senior Learning Technology Adviser