IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: IIJ facilitates Western Balkans Regional Workshop on Juvenile Justice in the Counterterrorism Context

Starting Date2018-07-17 Ending Date2018-07-19 Valletta, Malta

From 17-19 July 2018 IIJ welcomed 21 judges, prosecutors, investigators, prison officials, and defense attorneys from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, to the fourth in a series of regional training workshops on Juvenile Justice in the Counterterrorism Context in Valletta, Malta.  This three-day workshop, with the financial support of the US, and under the auspices of the GCTF Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group aimed to elicit information-sharing on how the participating countries have operationalized the 13 Good Practices of GCTF’s Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context (Neuchatel Memo) on the treatment of children in terrorism-related cases.  Experts from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and Council of Europe, Switzerland and the US presented the Good Practices and facilitated discussions from hypothetical fact-patterns.  The workshop addressed topics pertaining to the specific legal status of children within each country, effective prevention tactics that minimize the number of children drawn to commit acts of terrorism, best practices for prosecution and adjudication of juveniles, rehabilitation and reintegration of juveniles, and strategies for capacity building and evaluation.  Each session also included a practical component whereby participants complete exercises from the IIJ toolkit.  The IIJ will reflect the results of these discussions, along with the results that have been compiled throughout this Initiative, in a set of Practitioners’ Notes that will serve as a basis in the future for the development of guidelines to reinforce the Neuchâtel Memorandum Good Practices in national legislation and judicial procedures.  Later in autumn 2018, the IIJ will hold a final juvenile justice workshop for criminal justice practitioners located in South-East Asia.

For more information on this workshop please contact Director of Programs, Kathleen O’Connor or info@theiij.org

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