The Global Center held a three-day workshop for judicial officials to advance the implementation of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Hague Memorandum on Good Practices on the Role of the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses Within a Rule of Law Framework. The workshop was conducted in partnership with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Security Sector Program and the Kenya Judiciary Training Institute, under the auspices of the GCTF. The workshop involved the participation of judges from Kenya, Tanzania (represented by judges from mainland Tanzania and Tanzania Zanzibar), Uganda, and the United States; members of regional organizations including the Institute for Security Studies and the East African Judges and Magistrates Association; and the lead drafter of the memorandum and senior rule of law advisor to the U.S. government.

The principal objectives of the workshop were to provide a regionally focused discussion on issues across the breadth of the memorandum for the judiciary and compile a regionally specific elaboration of the good practices and lessons learned for future reference and use by local, regional, and global stakeholders. They aim to build on an important principle appearing in the memorandum's preamble, which recognizes that states can only implement “those aspects of any set of good practices that their legal systems allow for” and encourages states to implement the good practices that are “appropriate to their circumstances and consistent with their domestic law, regulations, and national policy, while respecting applicable international law.”

The workshop assessed the challenges associated with handling terrorism cases in East Africa, reflected on the good practices within the unique judicial environment of the participating countries, and considered a broad range of legal tools, training opportunities, and strategies to achieve their implementation. At the conclusion of the workshop, an East Africa Regional Elaboration of The Hague Memorandum was developed setting forth the regional trends and recommendations which emerged from the meeting.

For more information, please contact Melissa Lefas at MLefas@globalcenter.org.

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