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: Practitioners’ Notes – Online Sectoral Workshop for Investigators

On 16 – 18 and 30 June 2020, the IIJ convened its first online workshop under the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative. The Online Sectoral Workshop for Investigators brought together 55 investigators and other practitioners including defence counsels, prosecutors, judges and detention officers. Sixteen countries across the Sahel, North Africa, East Africa and Southeast Asia were […]

IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: Practitioners’ Notes – Sectoral Workshop for Defence Counsel

In January 2020, the IIJ convened in Malta a Sectoral Workshop for Defense Counsel under the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative, one of eight IIJ Core Initiatives. The Sectoral Workshop gathered 50 defence counsel and other practitioners, including investigators, prosecutors, judges and corrections officers, from more than 20 countries across the Sahel, Middle East, North Africa, […]

IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: Practitioners’ Notes – Sectoral Workshop for Judges

In October 2019, the IIJ convened in Malta a Sectoral Workshop for Judges under the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative – one of eight IIJ Core Initiatives. The Sectoral Workshop gathered 60 judges, investigators, prosecutors, defence counsels, correctional officers and other experts from 25 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The purpose of the workshop was […]

IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: Practitioners’ Notes – Sectoral Workshop for Prosecutors and Investigating Magistrates

In July 2019, the IIJ convened in Malta a Sectoral Workshop for Prosecutors and Investigating Magistrates under the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative – one of eight IIJ Core Initiatives. The Sectoral Workshop was attended by 51 prosecutors, investigative judges and presenters from 22 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The […]

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)