Juvenile Justice Initiative

The Juvenile Justice Initiative supports implementation and operationalisation of the GCTF’s Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context through regional and sector-specific capacity-building and the development of practitioner-oriented tools for those managing juvenile cases. The IIJ is proud to have played a key role in the development of these important good practices, and is now a leading implementer, working with criminal justice practitioners at the national, regional and sectoral levels. 

This Initiative has included the development of the IIJ Juvenile Justice Toolkit, and a highly successful series of regional workshops supporting operationalisation of the Neuchâtel Memorandum good practices.  

Current work is focused on supporting practitioners at the sectoral level. Integrating perspectives, lessons learned and challenges identified by practitioners in five IIJ-led regional workshops throughout 2018 and 2019, the IIJ has developed a set of Practitioners’ Notes – one each for prosecutors, judges, investigators, defence counsels and detention officials – to support and guide operationalisation of the Neuchâtel Memorandum. The IIJ Practitioners’ Notes are set for launch in November 2021.

The IIJ is also working at the national level, at the request of partner governments, to support practitioners in their specific contexts.

With support from the

Government of the United States
Government of Canada
Government of Switzerland
SPOTLIGHT

Sustainable Impact: IIJ Alumnae operationalising the Neuchâtel Good Practices

The IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative is not only impacting the individual practitioners with whom we work, but it is delivering sustainable impact for national institutions.

A recent example from Thailand:

IIJ-led capacity-building on juvenile diversion programmes as an alternative to prosecution so changed the perspectives of two alumnae from Thailand that they were determined to share the benefits of their training with their fellow national prosecutors.

Ms. Thiraporn Suriseehasathian (pictured), Provincial Public Prosecutor, and Ms. Uthaiwan Jamsutee, Senior Expert Public Prosecutor, both from the Department of Juvenile Litigation, Office of the Attorney General (OAG), were so empowered by what they had learned that they took the initiative to translate into Thai action points from the new IIJ Prosecutors’ Juvenile Justice Practitioner Note, based on the Neuchâtel Good Practices. Then, they worked with the Department of Juvenile Litigation in Thailand’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to conduct training on juvenile diversion for 80 public prosecutors.

By initiating this national-level training, these alumnae are not only paying forward the benefit of their IIJ training, but they are serving as ambassadors for the further implementation of the GCTF’s Neuchâtel Good Practices and the treatment of children in their jurisdiction.

In Action

IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: First National Niger Online Workshop on Justice for Children in Terrorism Cases

In July 2021, the IIJ convened its first national-level workshop for Niger, at their request, under the auspices of the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative. This tailored capacity-building workshop delivered online due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, brought together 25 practitioners including investigators, prosecutors, judges, prison officials, representatives from the National Judicial Training School of Niger, officials […]

IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: Second National Ethiopia Online Workshop on Justice for Children in Terrorism Cases

In April 2021, the IIJ convened a second national-level capacity-building workshop for Ethiopian practitioners under the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative. The workshop was delivered using a hybrid training model that included both online and in-person training elements. The workshop brought together 16 practitioners, including prosecutors, public defenders, judges, corrections officials and other relevant stakeholders, along with […]

IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: First National Ethiopia Online Workshop on Justice for Children in Terrorism Cases

In December 2020, the IIJ convened its first national-level workshop under the auspices of the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative, at the request of Ethiopia. The First Ethiopia Online Workshop – Justice for Children in Terrorism Cases was delivered using a hybrid training model and is the first in a series of two tailored capacity-building workshops for high-level practitioners’ in Ethiopia. The […]

IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: Practitioners’ Notes – Online Sectoral Workshop for Detention Officials

In September 2020, the IIJ convened the most recent in a series of sector-specific capacity-building workshops under the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative. The Online Sectoral Workshop for Detention Officials brought together 37 practitioners from fourteen countries across the Sahel, North Africa, East Africa and Southeast Asia. These participants included probation officers, rehabilitation and reintegration officers, […]

Practitioner Tools & Resources

Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices on Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context

IIJ Toolkit on Juvenile Justice in a Counter-Terrorism Context

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (Beijing Rules)