International Programs

Activities by Country

The Federal Court has participated in or managed international judicial development projects with a number of courts, predominantly, but not exclusively, in the Asia Pacific region. Featured here are some highlights of the Court's collaborations. For further details about these and other projects, contact us.

Activities in Asia

The Federal Court has collaborated with or implemented activities in the following countries in Asia:

  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Timor-Leste
  • Bhutan
  • Hong Kong
  • Laos
  • Brunei

Activities in the Pacific

The Federal Court has collaborated with or implemented activities in the following Pacific Islands countries:

The Federal Court managed the Pacific Judicial Development Programme (PJDP) funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). Over five and a half years the program provided regional capacity building assistance to judiciaries in 14 participating Pacific Island countries to enable them to operate as central pillars of good governance and the rule of law. Details on PJDP activities and outcomes can be accessed on the Programme's website.

The Court designed the subsequent project: Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative (PJSI), also funded by MFAT. The purpose of the PJSI is to continue to strengthen the capacity of the 14 participating courts, and provide them with the tools to manage their own development locally.


Meeting of the Pacific Chief Justices in Samoa, April 2014

Activities elsewhere

The Federal Court recognises the mutual benefit from collaborating and partnering with other countries through visits and knowledge exchange programs. These programs have been invaluable in facilitating mutual understanding about the court and judicial processes, as well as the roles, functions and responsibilities of judicial and court staff. The Federal Court has hosted visits from judicial and court officers along with representatives of other justice sector institutions from the following countries:

  • France (New Caledonia)
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Russia
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Maldives
  • Netherlands
  • United States of America
  • Swaziland

Previous regional activities

  • Asia Pacific Judicial Reform 2005-2010

The Court was integral to the creation and evolution of the Asia Pacific Judicial Reform Forum. The Forum is a network of senior courts and justice sector agencies across 49 countries in the region. The Court played a key role in organising the Forum's meetings during its formative years and developing its first publication "Searching for Success: Voices of the Asia Pacific Experience", a collection of reform experiences by judicial officers, lawyers, reform practitioners, educators and academics involved in reform projects across the Asia-Pacific. The project was funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund and managed by the United Nations Development Programme in conjunction with the Forum Secretariat.