The Global Center and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), with the expert support of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), held a high-level roundtable conference, Supporting Senior Judicial Officials in Leading a Criminal Justice Response to Terrorism: Europe, Middle East, and North Africa,on 22-23 January 2015 in Malta, hosted by the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) and funded by the European Commission. The meeting was attended by Supreme Court-level justices and experts from Algeria, Egypt, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, The Netherlands, and Tunisia as well as regional judicial networks and academies and relevant United Nations agencies. The event inaugurated a series of meetings at regional and national levels aimed at supporting a rule of law based criminal justice response to terrorism.
The roundtable is intended to provide a nonpolitical forum for the exchange of good practices by Supreme Court-level and other senior judicial officials handling terrorism cases. During the two-day meeting, participants engaged in dialogue on substantive issues in the adjudication of terrorism cases by the Supreme Court, as well as current and projected judicial priorities and challenges in handling such cases.