Palestinian judges trained to handle gender based violence cases

A two-day training session for Palestinian judges in gender based violence has been successfully completed.

To further stimulate the implementation of a gender perspective in the Palestinian courts, the High Judicial Council (HJC) has recently begun to flag court cases which have a gender dimension to them. This is to ensure that the cases are transferred to and handled by so-called gender judges.

The training session was designed to enable the gender judges to apply a more gender sensitive approach in gender based violence cases and other gender related cases. It was organized by the Mission in cooperation with the Palestinian Judicial Institute (PJI) and the Swedish National Courts Administration (SNCA). The training itself was conducted by two Swedish judges, Carin Westerlund and Christoffer Démery; both experienced in this field and part of the SNCA´s roster of international experts.

The participants represented 14 out of 32 of the gender judges appointed by the High Judicial Council (HJC) and working as Magistrates, First Instance Judges and Appellate Judges. The HJC started appointing gender judges in 2017 and some of the participants have previously been trained on gender concepts, while for others, this was their first training.

The judges actively engaged in the training which led to many lively discussions between them and the trainers. Staff from EUPOL COPPS, the PJI, the SNCA and UN WOMEN were also present to observe the training which took place on 5 and 6 July 2018 in Ramallah.

Top Photo: The training was conducted by two Swedish judges, Carin Westerlund (right) and Christoffer Démery (second from right) in Ramallah.
Photo 2: The participants represented 14 out of 32 of the gender judges appointed by the High Judicial Council and working as Magistrates, First Instance Judges and Appellate Judges.
Photo 3: The judges actively engaged in the training which led to many lively discussions, including this exercise in communication techniques, between the participants.
Bottom Photo: Trainer Carin Westerlund, a Swedish judge from the Swedish National Courts Administration’s roster of international experts, during one of the training sessions.