The International Judicial Academy (IJA) is a non-profit educational institution chartered in the District of Columbia. It was established in October, 1999 to provide the highest quality education programs for judges, court administrators, ministry of justice officials, and other legal professionals from countries around the world. It provides instruction on how judges and court personnel should function in a modern, fair, efficient, accessible and transparent court system.
The Academy is a service organization that does not seek profits and strives to provide the most informative and instructional programs for participants at the lowest possible cost. Since its beginning it has hosted program participants from Central and Eastern Europe, South America, Southeast Asia and China.
The Academy currently has two offices, a North American office in Washington, D.C., and a Latin American office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Academy office in Washington, D.C. is located in Dupont Circle, near many federal and local courts and institutions related to the functioning of courts and judges. The Latin American office is located in downtown Buenos Aires in the headquarters building of the Argentine Association of Magistrates and Officers of National Justice.
The Academy offers a variety of programs designed to educate program participants about the most important principles and practices of successful judiciaries as well as the interconnected relationships among the judiciary, the legal system, and other segments of society. In addition, the Academy conducts seminars on discrete areas of substantive law, including international law, human rights law, and intellectual property law.
IJA programs include seminars, conferences, study tours, symposia and exchange/intern projects. In Washington, DC, program agendas include visits to federal and state courts and government agencies involved in the administration of justice, such as the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Academy has developed a series of educational modules that cover all topics related to the functioning of courts, behavior of judges, and the ingredients for a successful court system. These educational modules are more fully described in the "Instructional Modules" section of this web site.
The Academy may be contacted through the Internet at its North American office: firstname.lastname@example.org or at its Latin American office: email@example.com.