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Corruption in the justice sector

3-week, expert-led course. 21 March – 8 April 2022. 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.

Free of charge.

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.


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.


21 March – 8 April 2022.

Who can apply

U4 online courses are primarily for U4 partner staff and their guests. Partner staff can sign up directly, see below.

We also accept a limited number of applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations. If this applies to you, please apply by sending an e-mail to Include your name, position and organisation, and 100-200 words on your professional background and why you think you can benefit from this course.

Course prerequitsites

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


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 our course coordinator, Vera Devine.

Download course leaflet (PDF).

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