The Global Center, the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), and Baker & McKenzie, LLP co-hosted a preliminary briefing to discuss the development of a regional toolkit to support the effective adjudication of terrorism cases in South Asia at the offices of Baker & McKenzie. The regional toolkit seeks to support the development of national bench books for judges and is being developed with the input of judges from South Asia and drafted by the Global Center with the contributions of attorneys from Baker & McKenzie and Salesforce.
The discussion focused on the process that led to the design and drafting of the regional toolkit and described the critical input of judges from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. The briefing also highlighted the importance of international and regional judicial cooperation and the achievements of the public private partnership between Baker & McKenzie, Salesforce, CTED, and the Global Center. Panelists emphasized the importance of focusing counterterrorism efforts at the regional level, giving the example of CTED’s recent visit to the Sahel region in assessing and implementing solutions that take into account common issues and problems. Panel discussions centered on the role of the toolkit in presenting a sustained effort to inform judges of international law and obligations, as well as practical strategies for handling complex criminal cases. Panelists observed that an important component in the fight against terrorism is shifting to the prosecution of preparatory acts and the need to support the criminal justice actors in conducting investigations and prosecutions while upholding human rights and the rule of law.