President Macri inaugurates first J20 meeting

“Transparency and the rule of law are pillars that put people at the centre of our agenda,” President Macri said at the meeting of supreme court presidents and judges from G20 countries in Buenos Aires.

Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, attended the first ever J20 meeting, an event that brings together supreme court presidents and judges from G20 countries in Buenos Aires. “Cooperation and dialogue between judicial systems are key to addressing global challenges,” Macri said.

“There are reasons enough to be optimistic. Collective commitments have prevailed at every ministerial meeting, at every engagement group meeting and at every working group meeting. You are all protagonists and have a key role to play,” he said during his opening remarks at the Alvear Icon Hotel. “Transparency and the rule of law are pillars that put people at the centre of our agenda.”

Macri also spoke about the vital role of exchange and coordination within the G20’s civil rights agenda. “We have adopted a transversal gender perspective, aimed at reducing inequality, empowering women around the world and condemning all kinds of violence,” Macri said.

“It is time to prove that international cooperation can help us build a better future for our citizens,” he concluded.

Afterwards, Carlos Rosenkrantz, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Argentina, spoke about the importance of judicial systems for development. “We know for certain that, without rules, no fair and sustainable development is possible, because of the very fact that only rules can build cooperation,” he said.

“Without rules it is impossible to create incentives that lead to cooperative interactions between members of society. Without rules, it is impossible to design the necessary mechanisms to distribute the benefits of this cooperation,” he added.

“Impartiality and judicial independence are not only the virtues of the judicial powers; they are sovereign virtues. They are compasses that help us navigate the waters of pressing issues: some of them are long-established; others are new and recent,” he concluded.

 

About the J20

Within the framework of the G20, the J20 meeting seeks to address the main challenges faced by judicial systems. The two-day agenda is being held at the CCK and includes a series of international panels and workshops led by federal and national judges.

The panels focus on rights and justice, sustainable development, the strengthening of the rule of law, judicial reforms, global democracy and global markets, justice and gender, and the role of justice in the fight against drug-trafficking.