Judicial Capacity-Building Initiative

Judicial actors – judges, investigating magistrates, prosecutors and defense counsel – play a central role in the conduct of fair trials, including by encouraging robust prosecution, ensuring that defendants’ rights are protected, and delivering effective verdicts. 

The Judicial Capacity-Building Initiative encompasses a variety of activities through which the IIJ is providing training for judicial actors in the IIJ’s geographic focus areas. The Initiative supports judicial actors in their handling of terrorism cases within a rule of law framework through the implementation and operationalisation of the GCTF’s The Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses, the GCTF’s Glion Recommendations on the Use of Rule of Law-Based Administrative Measures in a Counterterrorism Context, and related IIJ, UN and other tools and frameworks. 

One of the IIJ’s oldest and most diverse Core Initiatives, the Programmatic Unit has worked collaboratively with practitioners, donors and partner organisations to design and deliver tailored capacity-building in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, East and West Africa, and the Southern Mediterranean region. 

With support from the

Government of Canada
European Union
Government of Germany
Government of Switzerland
Government of Turkey
Government of the United States
SPOTLIGHT

Delivering Remote Hearings & Safeguarding Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Nasser Al Salamat, President of the Civil Authority, State Security Court, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, used his training to deliver remote hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring full participation of all parties and safeguarding the defendant’s rights to a fair trial.

Judge Nasser presided over the first remote hearing in a terrorism case in Jordan, conducted via videoconference, with the prosecution, defence attorney and the justice panel located in the courthouse, and the defendant participating from the facility in which he was incarcerated. The IIJ – UNODC/TPB expert meeting assisted him in understanding the technical requirements needed to conduct a remote hearing while safeguarding the defendant’s right to a fair trial. Following the expert meeting, Judge Nasser met with the court’s information technology team and the incarceration facility staff to ensure that both the courtroom and the detention facility had sufficient audio and visual equipment to capture the proceedings from all angles, ensuring the parties’ ability to participate meaningfully in the proceedings.

In Action

IIJ Judicial Capacity-Building Initiative: MENA Regional Workshop on the GCTF’s Glion Recommendations on the Use of Rule of Law-Based Administrative Measures

In June and July 2021, the IIJ, and our Valletta Partner, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), collaborated to deliver the IIJ – ICCT Online Workshop on Applying Administrative Measures within a Counter-Terrorism Context and Rule of Law Framework. This third iteration, implemented with support from the Government of Switzerland, brought together 27 […]

IIJ Judicial Capacity-Building Initiative: West & East Africa Regional Workshop on the GCTF’s Glion Recommendations on the Use of Rule of Law-Based Administrative Measures

On 22, 25, 29 March & 1 April 2021, the IIJ and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), convened a second online workshop on Applying Administrative Measures within a Counter-Terrorism Context and Rule of Law Framework. The workshop, generously supported by the Government of Switzerland, brought together practitioners from Benin, Burkina Faso, […]

IIJ Judicial Capacity-Building Initiative: Joint IIJ – UNODC Second Online Expert Meeting on Recommendations on Remote Access to Judicial Proceedings in Terrorism Cases

In November 2020, the IIJ and the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), convened a Second Online Expert Meeting on Remote Access to Judicial Proceedings in Terrorism Cases. The meeting gathered more than 25 defence counsel, prosecutors, judges and information system experts from across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the United States and […]

IIJ Judicial Capacity-Building Initiative: Joint IIJ – ICCT Workshop on Applying Administrative Measures within a Counter-Terrorism Context & Rule of Law Framework

On 13, 15, 20, & 22 October 2020, the IIJ and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), convened a four-day online workshop on Applying Administrative Measures within a Counter-Terrorism Context and Rule of Law Framework. The workshop, generously supported by the Government of Switzerland, brought together 25 practitioners from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, […]

Practitioner Tools & Resources

IIJ Prosecutor Outline

IIJ Judicial Guidelines on Good Practices for the Adjudication of Terrorism Offences

Glion Recommendations on the Use of Rule of Law-Based Administrative Measures in a Counterterrorism Context

The Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses