The Third Branch
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson served as a panelist during a presentation at the International Conference on Court Management Dec. 9-10, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The International Association for Court Administration (IACA), in association with the Dubai Courts and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts, co-hosted the conference, which explored the theme "Court Excellence in a Changing World."
The conference provided an opportunity for judicial organizations to share in and gain knowledge about best practices, latest strategies for change and successful examples of court efficiency from all over the world. Participation included judges, officials of the Ministries of Justice, supreme court managers, lawyers, consultants, academics and representatives of the judicial systems from more than 50 countries across the world.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson with H.E. Judge Essa Mohammed Sharif, Chief Justice of Appeal Court, Dubai Courts. Photo credit: Dubai Courts.
Conference presentations discussed institutional independence of the courts and standards of court excellence, efficiency, and transparency.
Abrahamson served on a panel presentation entitled "Enhancing Stakeholder Alignment," which discussed managing the interests of stakeholders and their impact on achieving excellence in the work of court systems. The panel members identified the government, the private sector and educational institutions as important partners. The panel noted that collaboration with these entities requires the development of effective programs to ensure a positive effect on courts' performance.
Other sessions at the conference included "Leadership and Change Management," which focused on the roles and challenges in change and transformation management and leadership; and "Role of Strategic Planning and Performance Management in Raising the Efficiency of Courts."
The conference was the first of its kind in the Middle East region and the sixth International Conference to be held by IACA since its establishment in 2004. The objective of IACA, a non-profit organization, is to encourage the pursuit of excellence at an international level in cooperation with global court officials to develop institutional frameworks and operational efficiency of courts.