OPCW – IIJ Joins Panel on Legal Accountability and Mutual Legal Assistance Mechanisms
On 7-8 June 2018, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) convened a two-day conference on Countering Chemical Terrorism at its headquarters in The Hague. Over 200 governmental experts, academics and industry representatives examined the threat to international security posed by chemical terrorism and the application of the Chemical Weapons Convention to prevent and respond to that threat. During the fifth session, the IIJ Executive Secretary briefed participants on legal accountability within the broader international counterterrorism framework and the key role played by Central Authorities, including through mutual legal assistance, to counter chemical terrorism. The IIJ shared good practices identified under the IIJ’s Global Central Authorities Initiative (GCAI) for strengthening these institutions and international cooperation mechanisms; challenges and opportunities for greater cooperation in the GCAI’s target regions of Sahel-Maghreb, Southeast Asia, Horn of Africa, and South Asia; and some broader challenges faced in the IIJ’s core geographic area of North Africa and the Middle East identified through the IIJ’s other initiatives. These challenges were of interest to the overall OPCW debate, and DG H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü, who attended the session, thanked the IIJ for the effort to explain the linkages.