Parliamentarians and senior justice practitioners from the Middle East and Africa as well as international experts convened in Malta on 21-22 March 2018 to contribute to the IIJ regional workshop The Nexus of Parliamentarians and Criminal Justice Actors in Counter Terrorism: Implementing the GCTF Valletta Recommendations. Through the course of the event discussions and examples concerning the implementation and interpretation of international CT law, the need of rapidly shifting CT measures because of new and evolving Internet Services used by terrorist organisations, and the oversight exercised both by judicial and parliamentary bodies were widely discussed. Participants recognized how matters related to inter alia international judicial cooperation, the public private engagement to prevent internet exploitation by extremist groups, intelligence/law enforcement accountability as well as national-level strategies to prevent violent extremism, calling upon parliamentarians to pursue and maintain rule of law compliance of CT policies. Some of the topics discussed in Malta will be included in a future Handbook prepared by the IIJ to continue guiding parliamentary work in CT.
The Workshop was part of the EU-funded IIJ Core Initiative for strengthening the role of parliamentarians in countering terrorism and precedes a symposium to take place in Brussels on 2-3 May 2018. For more information on this workshop please contact Program Manager, Valerio de Divitiis.