How Organized Crime Controls Guatemala’s Judiciary

  • Claudia Escobar


Guatemala suffers from a long and troubled history of corruption and weak governmental institutions. Although the root of the issues are both numerous and difficult to pinpoint, some trace the problems directly to the weak judicial branch, which lacks the capacity to carry out its most basic functions. This factor has led to rates of impunity for criminals as high as 98%. Recently, a handful of honest and diligent judges with the help of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala -CICIG- have confronted corruption. This chapter outlines the history of that struggle and highlights future issues that these brave judges and the Commission must face.


Corruption Judicial system CICIG Election of judges Guatemala’s judiciary Impunity 

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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Escobar
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  1. 1.School of Foreign Service, Centennial Fellow (2017-2018)Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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