On 24-26 July, 2018, the IIJ convened the final of four regional workshops aimed at developing a set of good practices for Central Authorities under the IIJ’s Global Central Authorities Initiative. The South Asia Regional Workshop, held in New Delhi and co-hosted by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, gathered practitioners from Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, along with Japan, the United States, UNAFEI and UNODC. Practitioners discussed the IIJ’s draft good practices and exchanged views and lessons learned 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 for greater collaboration between Central Authorities.
In the months ahead, the IIJ will finalize and publish the good practices that will serve as the international standard for Central Authority development, guiding the important work of these institutions and setting forth the essential functions they perform. The good practices further elucidate Good Practice 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 good practices will also support efforts aimed at enhancing international judicial cooperation under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2322 (2016) and 2396 (2017). The IIJ’s Global Central Authorities Initiative was launched at Justice Ministers’ Meeting on International Cooperation held in Morocco in November 2015, followed by regional workshops with partners across the Sahel-Maghreb region (March 2016), Southeast Asia (May 2017), and the Horn of Africa (December 2017).
For more information on the Global Central Authorities Initiative, please contact Allison Curtis, IIJ Program Manager.