The IIJ welcomes Minister Ian Borg to Valletta headquarters during official visit

On 30 November 2022, the IIJ Executive Secretariat welcomed Hon. Dr. Ian Borg, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, accompanied by Mr. Christopher Cutajar, Permanent Secretary for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade to the IIJ’s headquarters at the University of Malta in Valletta. 

During his visit, the Minister met with newly appointed IIJ Executive Secretary Mr. Steven Hill, Unit Directors and IIJ staff members and thanked the IIJ for the impactful work, noting that Malta was proud to host the Institute. 

Mr. Hill thanked the Minister for his visit to the IIJ and expressed his gratitude to the Government of Malta for the continued support and commitment to the IIJ mission and vision. Since the IIJ’s inception in 2014, Malta has provided a neutral learning environment where sensitive topics can be discussed in a constructive manner, and its central location in the Mediterranean has made it accessible for participants from across Africa, the Middle East, and other regions.

New Executive Secretary for the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law

The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) is pleased to announce that its Governing Board of Administrators has appointed Steven Hill as Executive Secretary.

Mr. Hill brings a wealth of experience to the IIJ after more than 20 years of public service in support of justice and the rule of law at national and multinational levels. In his previous role, he served as the Director for Global Criminal Justice and Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House in Washington. Prior to this role, Mr Hill served for six years as the chief legal advisor to the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels.

Mr. Hill has extensive experience in international law and cooperation at the multilateral and bilateral levels. He has previously worked as Counselor for Legal Affairs at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he represented the Government of the United States on a wide range of issues in the Security Council and General Assembly and served on the supervisory boards of several international tribunals. He also led the legal unit at the International Civilian Office, European Union Special Representative in Kosovo, where his work focused on advising and building the capacity of local authorities.

“I am looking forward to starting this new journey at the IIJ,” Mr. Hill said, “The IIJ is a unique platform that helps build the capacity of practitioners such as prosecutors, judges, and others who play essential roles in countering the evolving threats of contemporary terrorism, violent extremism and transnational crime in different regions of the world” he added.

Aside from his work as a practitioner, Mr. Hill frequently teaches, lectures, and publishes international law and national security topics. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law as well as expert groups on a wide range of international law issues. He is a member of the New York bar.

Announcement of Executive Director Transition

The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) announces that Thomas Wuchte will depart from his role as Executive Secretary after more than 5 years at the helm.

The IIJ Governing Board of Administrators (GBA) thanked Mr. Wuchte for his exceptional leadership during his tenure. Through his efforts the IIJ developed into an internationally recognized training institute for criminal justice practitioners, doubling the size of the staff, extending the geographic scope of engagement to include Asia, Africa, and Europe, training over 5,000 practitioners, establishing a one-of-a-kind Academic Unit, and expanding the donor base and institutional partnerships.

Mr. Wuchte said “It has been my great privilege to lead the IIJ for the past 5 years alongside an incredibly talented group of staff. I am proud of our achievements and impact across the IIJ’s focus regions. As the threat of terrorism, violent extremism, and related transnational crime continues to evolve, we have set strong foundations for the IIJ to serve as a trusted and reliable resource within partner governments, in cooperation with our dedicated practitioners, and civil society to collaborate together while facing these challenges in their daily work.”

Mr. Wuchte leaves the IIJ on 11 November 2022. The new Executive Secretary, appointed by the IIJ Governing Board, is taking up his assignment and will be introduced in a separate correspondence.

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