Judicial Adjuction of Terrorism Cases in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region

Starting Date2017-10-11 Ending Date2017-10-13 Valetta, Malta

The IIJ and CEELI Institute jointly held a three-day workshop in Malta for trial level judges from the MENA region with the overall objective to support their adjudication of terrorism cases based on the GCTF’s The Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses. Twenty seven judges from Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Netherlands and the United States participated. The judicial workshop took stock of national and regional experiences in the adjudication of terrorism cases, the role of the judge in ensuring a fair trial, trial management, admissibility of evidence, courtroom and judicial security, special measures to protect witnesses, use of intelligence, the role of the media, and the rights of victims. Four fact-pattern exercises were used during the program, which outlined hypothetical scenarios that reflect real-life cases to facilitate the sharing of good practices in their respective countries. More broadly, the workshop provided room for exchange among trial judges and international experts to address the complexity of adjudicating terrorism and related cases within a rule-of- law and human rights framework. The peer-to-peer exchange served to equip judges with the technical skills to efficiently manage cases and navigate cases fairly, impartially, and independently, in an area that is highly sensitive and affected by political and security concerns.

171011-171013 CEELI 3
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