IIJ Capacity Building for Judges in the Sahel/West Africa

Starting Date2017-05-08 Ending Date2017-05-12 Dakar, Senegal

The IIJ held a regional workshop with the support of the Government of Canada for judges who handle terrorism cases from West Africa in Dakar, Senegal from 8-12 May. The event brought together 31 judges from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal as well as from Canada, France and Tunisia. Experts from Nigeria, the United States, the UNODC and UNAFEI also brought their expertise to the table. The workshop focused on the good practices identified in the GCTF’s The Hague Memorandum: 1) the necessity for specially-trained judges; 2) the use of continuous trials in terrorism cases (effective case management; production of evidence; and proper examination and cross-examination of witnesses); 3) the development of effective trial management standards; 4) the establishment of special measures to protect victims and witnesses; 5) the right of the accused to a fair trial with assistance from counsel; 6) the use and protection of intelligence information, sources, and methods in trial; 7) effective courthouse and courtroom security; 8) the development of media guidelines for the court and trial parties; and 9) Ensuring victims of terrorism access to justice.  The training included practical exercises to assist judges in ruling on realistic cases; to identify factual, legal, procedural, and resource issues that frequently arise in adjudicating terrorism cases; and to resolve evidentiary issues of primary concern to judges.

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