The Global Center, with expert assistance from the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and supported by the European Commission, organized a roundtable meeting for senior members of the judiciary at the Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ). Among the distinguished participants were supreme court justices from Egypt, France, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. Representatives from regional judicial networks and the United Nations, including the ombudsperson of the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, served as expert resource persons.
Participants discussed the substantive and procedural elements of legal questions raised by the judges over the course of the year, with references to applicable international counterterrorism and human rights instruments and relevant soft law. The jurisdictions that participated in the first national study visit and the second national visit, held in Tunisia and Lebanon respectively, were invited to share their observations of the study visits, comparative approaches and common obstacles faced at the country context.
This event marks the culmination of a year-long project organized by the Global Center that consisted of an inaugural meeting at the IIJ held in January and two national-level study visits. The series forms part of the project titled “Supporting Senior Judicial Officials in Leading a Criminal Justice Response to Terrorism: Europe, Middle East, and North Africa”, supported by the European Commission. The project aims to support the creation of a sustainable, non-political forum for supreme court-level and senior judicial officials to discuss, among equals, legal issues and exchange good practices for judicial officials handling terrorism cases and increase opportunities for regional cooperation.
A final study report will document the strategies to the various challenges and opportunities in the adjudication of terrorism offences identified by the justices, highlighting the unique role they play in the juridical order of their countries.