It is my pleasure to welcome you to the International Institute of Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), and we look forward to working with partner governments and organizations to fulfill the vision of its founders.  This vision centers around the IIJ becoming a hub for the development and delivery of training and other capacity-building support to criminal justice practitioners and other relevant stakeholders in the North, East, and West Africa and the Middle East on how to counter terrorism and related criminal activity while respecting human rights and promoting the rule of law. More specifically, the IIJ holds seminars and other programs, working with international, regional and non-governmental organizations for police, prosecutors, judges, prison officials, and parliamentarians. During the initial period, the programs have focused on such topics as 1) enhancing investigative and prosecutorial skills in terrorism cases; 2) building police and judicial networks; 3) developing judicial capacity to preside over terrorism trials; 4) protecting the rights of the accused and the security of witnesses, prosecutors, and judges; 5) fostering regional and international cooperation; 6) addressing the phenomenon of the Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs); and 7) responding to the challenge posed by terrorism within a rule of law framework. The IIJ does so in part by promoting the good practices developed and/or identified by the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and other international partners to produce more systemic, whole-of-government approaches to address the terrorist threat and related transnational security challenges. The IIJ looks forward to supporting your efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact me (strangrr@theiij.org) or other members of my team with questions regarding the IIJ. I look forward to continue to work with you in developing an institute of which we can all be proud. Robert Strang

Robert R. Strang, Executive Secretary