On 5-7 December, 2017, the IIJ convened the third of four regional workshops aimed at developing a set of good practices for Central Authorities under the IIJ’s Global Central Authorities Initiative, launched in 2015 with generous support from the United States. The Horn of Africa Regional Workshop, held in Malta, and co-hosted by Tanzania’s Attorney General’s Chambers, gathered Central Authority practitioners from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, along with practitioners from Malta, the United States, and the UNODC. The IIJ was delighted to welcome Malta’s Attorney General, Dr. Peter Grech, and U.S. Ambassador to Malta, the Honorable G. Kathleen Hill, who kindly delivered welcoming remarks. The Tanzanian delegation was led by Mr. Faraja Nchimbi, Principal State Attorney, Tanzania’s Attorney General’s Chambers, and Mr. Vaughn Ary, Director, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, led the U.S. delegation.
Practitioners discussed the ten draft good practices, shared experiences, and provided input on the steps needed to create durable Central Authorities capable of facilitating effective and efficient cooperation and mutual legal assistance among international partners. Small group fact pattern exercises drawing on real life scenarios fostered deeper mutual understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by Central Authorities. The goal of the Global Central Authorities Initiative is to establish a set of good practices that will become the international standard for Central Authority development, guiding the important work of Central Authorities and setting forth the essential functions such institutions need to perform. These good practices further elucidate Good Practice No. 9 of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Rabat Memorandum of Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector, which calls for practices and procedures to encourage international cooperation in counterterrorism matters. The IIJ’s good practices will also help implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 2322 (2016), aimed at strengthening international judicial cooperation. The first regional workshop under the Global Central Authorities Initiative, which focused on the Sahel-Maghreb region, was held in Malta in March 2016; the second, focused on the Southeast Asia region, was held in Indonesia in May 2017. A final workshop, drawing together practitioners from the South Asia region, is planned for 2018. For more information on the Global Central Authorities Initiative, please contact Allison Curtis, IIJ Program Manager