From 6 – 8 November 2018, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey, organized a Horn of Africa Regional Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey. Over 40 judges, prosecutors and criminal justice officials from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Turkey participated the Horn of Africa Regional Workshop on Good Practices for Pursuing and Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses. The Workshop was conducted in English, French and Turkish with simultaneous interpretation.
The Workshop focused on specific regional challenges in pursuing and adjudicating terrorism cases and supported the sharing and implementation of good practices to enhance the efficiency of judicial systems. Workshop sessions covered a range of legal and practical issues and challenges faced by prosecutors and judges including structural, organizational and operational challenges. Experts from the Institute for Security Studies and US Department of Justice presented on Trial Management and Terrorism Financing issues based on Good Practices in Investigating and Adjudicating Terrorism Cases developed by IIJ. An expert from the African Court on Human and People’s Rights presented the juvenile justice in the counterterrorism context. Also, experts from Tanzania, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Turkey presented different aspects of the issue, such as victim and witness protection, human trafficking and smuggling, admissibility and assessment of evidence, international judicial cooperation and extradition. Participants interacted with peers from across the Horn of Africa region and Turkey, and shared their perspectives and approaches. The workshop was guided by the IIJ’s Judicial Guidelines on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses in the Horn of Africa Region, 2018.