The Global Center, with expert support from the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), organized a national study visit in Beirut hosted by the Chief Justice of the Cassation Court of Lebanon. The visit was conducted by an international delegation comprised of supreme court justices from Egypt, France, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia, represented by the first president of the Cassation Court. Representatives from the secretary general for the Association of High Courts of Appeal in Countries Sharing the Use of French, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, CTED, the Global Center, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime served as expert resource persons.
This is the second national visit conducted as part of a project titled “Supporting Senior Judicial Officials in Leading a Criminal Justice Response to Terrorism: Europe, Middle East, and North Africa”, funded by the European Commission. As a continuation of the project, the jurisdictions that participated in the first national study visit held in Tunisia were also represented during this visit. The delegation met with judges from the Lebanese Court of Cassation; the High Court of Justice; the attorney general at the Court of Cassation; the president, deputy state commissioner, civil councilors and investigative judges of the Military Tribunal; the president of the Military Court of Cassation; and the Minister of Justice. The discussions held on the first day were also attended by 25 magistrates in training at the Institute for Judicial Studies.
Among the key topics discussed were the security for judges; international law and due process standards, case management techniques, the rights of the accused, including the right to appeal, witness protection, and intelligence and evidentiary issues. The international delegation will convene once more in a final high-level roundtable meeting that will be held in December at the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law in Malta to share findings of the study visits, successful strategies, and ongoing challenges faced at the country context.