On 13 – 14 July 2021, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), with support from the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom, launched publically – during a high-level event – the much anticipated IIJ Criminal Justice Practitioner’s Guide for Addressing Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism (REMVE). This timely new Practitioner’s Guide gives policymakers and practitioners a better understanding of the tools at their disposal to counter the REMVE threat. It builds on existing tools and approaches, including good practices developed by the GCTF, and outlines where new strategies and authorities are needed. Importantly, the Guide equips practitioners with a clear set of good practices for how to address REMVE effectively and in compliance with the rule of law.
The High Level Day of the Launch, open to the public, featured presentations by senior officials from some of the countries involved in the Guide’s development, including: John Godfrey, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Acting Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism; Despo Michael, Head of the Counter-Terrorism Department, U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; Andreas Schultz, Head of the Counterterrorism, Extremism, and Organized Crime Directorate for Germany’s Ministry of Interior; and Thor Kleppen Sættem, Deputy Minister / State Secretary for Norway’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security. The IIJ was delighted to welcome H.E. George Vella, President of Malta, to deliver opening remarks alongside IIJ Executive Secretary Thomas Wuchte. A Practitioner Day then followed, featuring presentations on addressing the REMVE threat in various jurisdictions. The launch event was attended by 115 practitioners, policymakers and civil society representatives from 30 different countries.
The Guide was exceptionally well received by both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. Matthew Levitt, the Fromer-Wexler Fellow, Director of the Jeanette and Eli Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, described the Guide as “an important and insightful addition to the existing literature on effectively addressing the threats of REMVE” and “an excellent place to begin in understanding the phenomena and threat posed by REMVE and how the international community can address it”.
The IIJ REMVE Practitioner’s Guide is currently available in English, and will be published in Arabic, French, German, Russian and Spanish in the coming weeks.
For more information, please contact Programme Manager Mr. Hop Wells