IIJ-MEDAC Mediterranean Security & Rule of Law Course

Jun 20 2019
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On 18-20 June 2019, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) – in partnership with the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) – launched the inaugural Mediterranean Security & Rule of Law Course in Valletta, Malta.

Photo: Kevin Abela

This three-day fee-based course provided participants with an in-depth understanding of the various security challenges currently affecting the Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on the issue areas of terrorism, migration and human security.  The inaugural course brought together professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise from countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America.

The course was led by migration and counterterrorism experts and featured high-level speakers, such as: H.E. Dr. George Vella, President of Malta; the Hon. Carmelo Abela, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta; Dr. Michael Frendo, former Foreign Minister and former Speaker of Parliament of Malta; H.E. Ambassador Hamid Boukrif, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Algeria; and senior representatives from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Asia-Pacific Foundation, the IIJ and MEDAC.

Photo: Michael Rodgers

The course featured academic lectures, interactive discussions with high-level policy makers, and a dynamic migration simulation training exercise that put practitioners in the seats of heads of government. Participants engaged in robust exchanges on migration, Mediterranean multilateralism, emerging security challenges, the evolving terrorist threat, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism through the rule of law, enhanced border security mechanisms, and macro and community-led efforts to counter violent extremism and radicalisation.

Photo: Silvio John Farrugio

The course received considerable media attention, with H.E. Dr. George Vella, President of Malta, remarking that the Mediterranean still remains the perfect laboratory for co-operation. The Hon. Carmelo Abela, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta, noted that the course provided a platform for exchanging viewpoints on fighting terrorism, enhancing security and stability in the Mediterranean, which is key to economic prosperity in Europe. The course was also featured in Malta’s most prominent national newspaper the ‘Times Of Malta’.

As featured in the Times Of Malta

For more information on this course, please contact IIJ_Events@theiij.org.