With support from the U.S. Department of State, the Global Center designed a series of regional consultations around the implementation of the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses within a rule of law framework. The first workshop was held in Nairobi (July 2015) and the second was held in Manila (November 2015), each providing a focused discussion on issues across the breadth of the memorandum in the respective context of East Africa and Southeast Asia. The third and final workshop in this series brought together judges from previously participating jurisdictions in an inter-regional convening of the good practices. The workshop was co-hosted by the Malaysian Judiciary and the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia and the national judicial training academies.
Among the distinguished attendees were judges currently handling the Westgate mall attacks and overseeing the Kampala bombing case, the directors of the national training academies of Malaysia, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Uganda, as well as the president of the East African Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association. The Chief Justice of Malaysia, the Hon. Arifin Zakaria, welcomed the delegates and generously hosted a visit to the Palace of Justice located in Putrajaya, seat to the Federal Court and Court of Appeal of Malaysia.
The reunion provided a forum for the cross-regional exchange of best practices, focusing on common challenges in handling high-profile terrorism cases, the applicability of the good practices in the domestic legislative context, and strategies employed to manage these cases and to train judges. A set of programmatic recommendations for future reference based on national priorities and needs have been identified for the adjudication of terrorism cases. A final recommendations paper highlighting those findings will be produced at the conclusion of the project.
For more information, please contact Melissa Lefas at MLefas@globalcenter.org.