On 22-26 July 2019, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) convened the first iteration of the newly developed IIJ Core Course on Using Information Derived from Intelligence to Generate Evidence in Terrorism Investigations and Prosecutions. The Core Course, held in Malta with the support of the U.S. Department of State, brought together more than 55 practitioners, among them representatives from Cameroon, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Malta, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Core Course provided a platform for judges, prosecutors and investigators to examine a series of hypothetical scenarios based on real-world cases in which intelligence-derived evidence was used in criminal investigations and prosecutions, and the legal frameworks necessary to admit such evidence. Participants discussed challenges faced when investigating and prosecuting cases with sensitive intelligence information, including the challenge of protecting national security while ensuring fair trials. They also shared views on broadening and enhancing trial-level judges and criminal justice actors’ knowledge of legal mechanisms, strategies, international norms and GCTF good practices for the improved handling of terrorism cases.
For more information on this workshop or the IIJ Core Course on Using Information Derived from Intelligence to Generate Evidence in Terrorism Investigations and Prosecutions, please contact IIJ Program Manager Soufiane El Hamdi.