As part of the its ongoing support for the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), the Global Center took part in a one-day discussion forum focusing on developing a needs-based curricula for the IIJ, hosted by the European Union. The meeting, organized by CIVI.POL Conseil, brought together over 60 representatives from European Union member states and European institutions, as well as expert-practitioners from across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
The discussion forum served as a platform for the launch of an EU-supported study on developing needs-based training curricula and programming for the IIJ. The report entitled, ‘Needs-based curricula and programme development for the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law,’ presents the overarching findings of a larger study that assessed criminal justice-related counterterrorism capacity building and training needs in 18 focus countries across East Africa and the Horn, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Sahel. The project was undertaken by an Expert Team led by the Global Center’s Executive Director, Alistair Millar, under the auspices of CIVI.POL.
During a private lunch, hosted by the Netherlands, the Global Center was joined by its partners, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the International Counter-Terrorism Centre – The Hague (ICCT), to present an overview of their compilation report on ‘Supporting Curriculum Development for the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law,’ released in October 2013. The papers presented in this report offer a innovative recommendations, good practices, and useful tools for the IIJ’s program development process, based on a six-month stakeholder consultation process with an international community of criminal justice capacity building experts undertaken with the generous support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Discussions over the course of the meeting demonstrated the commitment and support of a broad coalition of international stakeholders to the IIJ’s mission. The IIJ is scheduled to launch in Valletta, Malta, on 18 June 2014. Once established, the IIJ will serve as a training center dedicated to strengthening criminal justice institutions, promoting regional legal cooperation, and fostering criminal justice practitioner networks based on a respect for human rights and the rule of law.