The Global Center and the Philippine Judicial Academy, under the auspices of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), held a three-day workshop for the judiciary focused on the experiences of Southeast Asian jurisdictions in handling terrorism cases. The workshop is the second in a series that forms part of a broader project aiming to advance the implementation of the GCTF Hague Memorandum on Good Practices on the Role of the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses within a Rule of Law Framework.

Participants included judges and representatives of training academies from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the United States, as well as the lead drafter of the memorandum and senior rule of law advisor to the U.S. Department of State. The workshop provided a forum to discuss the specific challenges associated with handling terrorism cases in the region, considered issues raised by the best practices within the unique legal environments of the participating countries, and assessed strategies being employed and developed to manage these cases. The need for greater international cooperation among the countries in the region was underscored.

The project’s objective is to compile a regionally-specific elaboration of the good practices and knowledge for future reference and use by local, regional, and global stakeholders. The first regional workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya in July 2015, and provided a focused discussion on issues across the breadth of the memorandum for the judiciary in East Africa. At the conclusion of the workshop, an Southeast Asia 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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