IIJ Judicial Program: Capacity-Building for Judges in the Sahel/West Africa – Study Visit to Criminal Justice Institutions

Starting Date2018-03-26 Ending Date2018-03-28 Rabat, Morocco

The IIJ co-hosted with Canada a Judicial Study Tour for 15 countries handling terrorism cases in Rabat, Morocco from 26-28 March. The program brought together more than 50 judges and criminal justice practitioners from Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Benin, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Morocco as well as from France, Belgium, Spain and the United States.  The IIJ’s program provided a platform for judges from the West Africa and Sahel Region to learn from Morocco’s experience addressing terrorist threats, to share national experiences,  and to reinforce judges’ knowledge of international best practices. In particular, it focused on the good practices identified in The Hague Memorandum, which also reinforce the United Nations’ Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy: 1) the necessity for specially-trained judges; 2) the use of continuous trials; 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.

Morocco opened the doors of six Moroccan criminal justice institutions and welcomed participants from the IIJ program to tour, meet personnel, and discuss with agency directors the integrated approach Morocco takes to fighting terror through the rule of law.

Check this video for more information (Arabic only): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGwcbg_XnQk

For more information on this workshop please contact Program Manager, Soufiane EL Hamdi.