IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: Regional Training for Horn of Africa Countries

Starting Date2018-05-22 Ending Date2018-05-24 Valletta, Malta

On May 22 – 24, 2018, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) hosted the third of a series of regional practitioner workshops, designed to assist with the operationalization of the GCTF’s Neuchâtel Memorandum on Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context.

Building on workshops for the Sahel and MENA regions, this workshop brought together judges, prosecutors, investigators, correction officers, social workers and lawyers from five East African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) and Nigeria. In-depth discussions and group exercises, based on a toolkit specifically developed for this purpose by IIJ, aimed to consider how current national juvenile justice systems correspond to the 13 Good Practices of GCTF’s Neuchâtel Memorandum on the treatment of children in terrorism-related cases.

The interactive and practical nature of the event with practical exercises and group discussions rather than the traditional lecture-and-question format contributed to the frank and open discussions that allowed participants to learn from each other. Discussions were facilitated by experts from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Penal Reform International, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) – West Africa, Switzerland, the United States, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). Exercises and discussion results will be reflected in practitioners’ notes the IIJ is compiling across the Initiative, which will then serve as a basis for the development of guidelines to reinforce the implementation of the Neuchâtel Memorandum Good Practices in national legislation and judicial procedures.

In 2018, the IIJ is organizing two more workshops on this issue – one for the Western Balkans in July, and one for South-East Asia in autumn.

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