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.

Background

06/2012
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.

06/2013
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 organizations collaborated on developing the IIJ’s mandate, mission, structure, legal foundation, and curriculum..

06/2014
Official inauguration

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

Board Members

Algeria

Jordan

The Netherlands

Turkey

France

Malta

Nigeria

United Kingdom

Italy

Morocco

Tunisia

United States

EUROPEAN UNION

Governance Structure

The IIJ was established as a domestic foundation in Malta, with an international Governing Board of Administrators (GBA), who represent its twelve member countries and the European Union. The IIJ is managed by an Executive Secretariat, consisting of a team of eleven headed by an Executive Secretary, who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the IIJ. The IIJ’s GBA has adopted written Procurement, Inventory, Personnel, and Financial Policies, and receives an annual independent audit conducted by Deloitte.