On 30 April, 2, 3 and 4 May 2018, with support from the EU Delegation in Ethiopia, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), hosted a 4-day workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for Ethiopian Judges, Prosecutors, Investigators, Public Defenders and Private Lawyers. The workshop, part of the IIJ Judicial Initiative, brought together these practitioners to discuss the common challenges in the handling of terrorism cases in Ethiopia, a reflection of Ethiopia’s Anti Terrorism Proclamation and the application of international law and best practices, judicial oversight on arrest and pre trial detention, rights of defendants during terrorism trials as well as special considerations for juvenile terrorist offenders. Next to presentations by national and international experts on these topics, participants were also engaged in practical exercises in trial and case management based on hypothetical cases. The exercises together with the informative presentations of experts from the African Court, Uganda, Spain and the United States provided a platform for successful and dynamic interaction between the various practitioners that deal with terrorism cases in Ethiopia on a daily basis. Based on the discussions during this and a previous workshop held in Ethiopia in August 2017, as well as information gathered from the various practitioners during an IIJ study visit in February of this year, a factsheet for the benefit of these practitioners will be drafted containing GTCF’s good practices, recommendations and international law, as well as some case studies.
For more information on this workshop please contact Program Manager, Soufiane EL Hamdi.