Mandate and Mission

The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) provides rule of law-based training to lawmakers, police, prosecutors, judges, corrections officials, and other justice sector stakeholders on how to address terrorism and related transnational criminal activities within a rule of law framework. More broadly, it works to strengthen criminal justice systems and build regional judicial, police and other criminal justice practitioner networks to promote justice, security, and human rights. The IIJ places a particular focus on countries seeking to develop rule of law-based approaches to addressing security challenges such as terrorism and other transnational criminal activities. Although the IIJ’s mandate will be global in nature, initial focus is on countries in North, West, and East Africa, and the Middle East, paying particular attention to supporting countries in transition.


Ministerial meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)

GCTF ministers and senior officials announced strong support for the establishment of the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) as a key platform to deliver innovative and sustainable training to implement the counterterrorism (CT)-related, rule of law-based good practices being developed by the GCTF and other international and regional fora.

G8 Summit

G8 leaders welcomed the IIJ in their statement at the June 2013 G8 Summit. A range of governments and international, regional, and non-governmental organisations collaborated on developing the IIJ’s mandate, mission, structure, legal foundation, and curriculum.

Official inauguration

The IIJ is formally inaugurated on 18 June 2014, at a ceremony in Valletta, Malta, and holds its first programme on terrorist networks the following day.

Board Members



The Netherlands





United Kingdom




United States



Governance Structure

The IIJ was established as a domestic foundation in Malta. The IIJ has an international Governing Board of Administrators (GBA), representing fourteen members. The IIJ is managed by an Executive Secretariat, consisting of a team of twenty-five headed by an Executive Secretary, which is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the IIJ. The IIJ’s GBA has adopted written Procurement, Inventory, Personnel, Security and Financial Policies, and receives an annual independent audit conducted by Deloitte. In 2018, the GBA endorsed the establishment of a new IIJ Advisory Board, which provides non-binding advice to the IIJ Executive Secretariat on programming, implementation and partnerships.