Implementing the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s Hague Memorandum

Author : Melissa Lefas and Junko Nozawa
Date : September 2016

The Global Center convened a series of regional consultations for judges to support the dissemination and implementation of the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s (GCTF) The Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Offenses (Hague Memorandum). The program was delivered under the auspices of the GCTF’s Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group and Horn of Africa Regional Capacity Building Working Group, with financial support from the United States Government.

Following an 18-month consultative process with judges and magistrates handling terrorism and related cases from East Africa and Southeast Asia, this publication offers a series of recommendations intended to inform policymakers and judicial administrators to support the implementation of the Hague Memorandum. For each region, an elaboration of the Hague Memorandum offers a more detailed analysis of law and practice, highlighting areas of convergence and divergence with the good practices and identifying institutional actors for their implementation. After a brief overview of the consultative process, this document presents 30 recommendations representing the consensus of the judges who engaged in the process.

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