As part of a program to support the role played by supreme court justices in countering terrorism in the Sahel, the Global Center organized the third seminar in a series which was hosted by the First President of the Supreme Court of Mauritania focusing on the emerging jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Mauritania on terrorism cases. The event was co-organized in partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, Association of Francophone Supreme Courts (Association des Hautes Juridictions de Cassation des Pays ayant en partage l'Usage du Français), and the International Organization of La Francophonie.

The seminar is the third in a series led by a steering committee comprised of justices nominated by the chief justices of the highest courts in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal. These justices serve as liaisons on terrorism matters and focal points for engagement in the network across the region. Previous national-level seminars were held in Bamako, Mali (24-26 October 2015) on the topic of minor combatants, and in Niamey, Niger (22-24 May 2017) on the international legal framework on terrorism. The program is funded by the governments of Canada and Japan.

This process builds upon an earlier program in the Middle East and North Africa region that culminated in a UN Open Briefing.

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