As part of a series of targeted technical assistance programs for Tunisian judges seated at the specialized counterterrorism pole, the Global Center delivered a training course on the handling of electronic evidence for investigative judges and prosecutors. With expert support from the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and financed by the European Commission, the program aims to reduce the backlog of open cases in a manner that is compliant with the rule of law, by focusing assistance on evidentiary challenges in complex cases, case management practices and decision-making, and human rights considerations in the deployment of special investigative techniques.

Over the course of the two-day training, representatives from the judicial pole of Tunis engaged with issues relating to the handling of electronic evidence in the context of a terrorism investigation. The discussions covered sources of electronic evidence, notably cell phones and social media, international judicial cooperation mechanisms, and investigative strategies through a combination of group discussions and presentations on the basis of a fictitious scenario. The course was facilitated with the assistance of a liaison magistrate in the United States from France with expertise in processing mutual legal assistance treaty requests to U.S.-based social media companies to support investigations.

The program builds on a previous programming in the EuroMed region focused on the role of supreme court justices, funded by the European Commission and implemented with the expert support from CTED.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Melisa Lefas at MLefas@globalcenter.org.

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