The IIJ, in collaboration with the CEELI Institute, hosted the 5th and last judicial workshop at the IIJ in Malta for the MENA region from May 9 – 11, 2018 under the IIJ’s Core Initiative for Building the Capacity of Judges to adjudicate terrorism cases. The program focused on enhancing the capacity of judges handling complex terrorism and national security cases, including the increasingly serious threats posed in Europe and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region by the return and transit of foreign fighters. In particular, the program aimed to promote understanding and use of relevant international “good practices” for judges on these matters, including particularly the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s (GCTF) Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses. Twenty-two judges from 8 countries, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Netherlands, Germany and the US shared national experiences from handling cases involving both domestic terrorism and terrorist attacks committed by foreign fighters. IIJ’s Director of Programs, Kathleen O’Connor, gave opening remarks and Executive Secretary Tom Wuchte addressed the participants during the closing ceremony.
For more information on this workshop please contact Program Manager, Soufiane EL Hamdi.