Partnership with judicial training institutes
The GCJ Network is comprised of judges from across the six jurisdictions of the Western Balkans, at all stages of their careers. All members commit to advancing gender equality both in how they implement laws and by contributing to their work environment in a way that is conducive to the prosperity of both women and men.
A Regional Board consisting of senior experts from across the region develops the strategy, direction and priorities of the network, ensuring that the Network caters to both local and regional areas of interest, problems, and priorities.
Membership of our Regional Board continues to grow. By the end of 2022, it will be comprised of judges and experts from all participating jurisdictions.
REGIONAL BOARD MEMBERS
The Network enjoys the support of a Board of Patrons, made up of eminent jurists, including from the European Court of Human Rights. Patrons reflect and advise on international law perspectives, offer support and insight within their fields of expertise, and share experience and know-how. Recognising that, to effectively tackle gender inequality, both women and men must commit to the cause, former President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano, sits as President of the Board of Patrons. It is hoped that his position as President of the Board will inspire men as well as women judges across the region to engage with the work of the Network and take action to combat gender inequality.
PARTNERSHIP WITH JUDICIAL TRAINING INSTITUTES
We work closely with judicial training institutes (JTIs) across the region in the design, delivery and implementation of all Network activities.
In July 2022, we signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with each of the JTIs in the region, to officially mark the start of our collaboration to establish the GCJ Network.
By signing these bilateral agreements, the AIRE Centre has established cooperation with the JTIs in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, laying the foundations for the Network’s future activities.
We engage with wider stakeholders including police, prosecutors, social care workers and media representatives reporting on gender-related issues, crime and violence, as beneficiaries of training and capacity building and as participants in discussions, debates, thematic meetings, and consultations.
We also benefit from the input of a wider regional pool of experts, advisors, consultants, and officials who share their knowledge, expertise and experience to inform the activities of the Network where relevant.