Experts Meeting on Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context
TURIN - Italy – Under the auspices of the GCTF’s Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) hosted an experts meeting on Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context on 16-17 February 2016, in Turin, Italy.
The conference built on the CJ-ROL Working Group plenary meeting, on 13-14 April 2015 in Valletta, Malta, where Switzerland proposed to add Juvenile Justice to the Working Group’s work plan, and on the first Juvenile Justice experts meeting held in Malta, on 10-12 November 2015, that led to a draft “Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context” (Neuchâtel Memo).
The objective of the meeting was to bring together a small group of experts and GCTF Working Group Co-Chairs representatives (with a background in prosecution, adjudication, detention, and reintegration) in order to review and edit the draft Neuchâtel Memo. The meeting also provided the opportunity to discuss cross-cutting considerations of how juvenile justice is relevant for addressing the lifecycle of radicalization to violence and the FTF phenomenon.
Key themes of discussion included:
- The need of grounding the Draft Memorandum on the already existing international legal framework.
- A whole of government and community-based approach is pivotal to prevent radicalization/stigmatization of children and to effectively implement reintegration programs.
- The challenge of better monitoring and evaluation phases for diversion, rehabilitation and reintegration programs.
- The interconnection of the Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context with other GCTF activities and documents.
The GCTF Coordinating Committee convened for its ninth meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 12 and 13 April 2016. Member States and representatives of the GCTF partner organizations reviewed the Forum’s strategic priorities, considered the ongoing and planned initiatives, and reviewed activities since the previous Coordinating Committee Meeting in New York, held on 25 September 2015...