Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group

Co-chaired by Nigeria and Switzerland since 2017, the Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group focuses on the critical role played by the criminal justice sector in combating terrorism, and demonstrates the Forum’s commitment to support rule-of-law based and human rights-compliant approaches. Activities are guided by the GCTF Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector Arabic | French (Rabat Memorandum) and other relevant Framework Documents, and the Working Group’s Work Plan.

Current areas of focus of the CJ-ROL Working Group are inter alia:

Criminal justice responses to the linkages between terrorism, transnational organized crimes and international crimes
Many terrorism- and terrorism financing-related crimes have an international dimension and overlap in scope with transnational organized crimes, such as corruption and other financial crimes, kidnapping for ransom, illicit trafficking (arms and weapons, drugs, natural resources, cultural property), trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and maritime crimes. Terrorist acts can also amount to international crimes, namely crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, and torture, slavery, and related sexual and gender-based crimes. The linkages raise several criminal justice challenges and trigger questions related to the applicable legal regimes, jurisdiction, cooperation matters and evidentiary challenges. Building on the GCTF Abuja Recommendations on the Collection, Use and Sharing of Evidence for Purposes of Criminal Prosecution of Terrorist Suspects Arabic | French and GCTF Hague Good Practices on the Nexus between Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism | Arabic | French and with a view to support the work of the United Nations in addressing criminal justice challenges relating to the linkages between terrorism, transnational organized crimes and international crimes, the CJ-ROL Working Group over the course of last years  organized expert meetings and  developped two framework documents for policy makers and criminal justice actors.

Follow-up on existing CJ-ROL Good Practices and Recommendations documents
In addition, the CJ-ROL Working Group  continues its efforts to disseminate and support practitioners-focused trainings on the Framework Documents developed under its auspices including the Glion Recommendations on the Use of Rule of Law-Based Administrative Measures in a Counterterrorism Context Arabic | French, the Abuja Recommendations on the Collection, Use and Sharing of Evidence for Purposes of Criminal Prosecution of Terrorist Suspects Arabic | French, the Neuch√Ętel Memorandum on Good Practices on Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context Arabic | French , integrating as resources all other CJ-ROL Framework Documents.

In this context, various tools were developed to disseminate the Framework Documents elaborated under the auspices of the Working Group, including the production of interactive content:

Gender in Criminal Justice
A gender sensitive approach in the CJ-ROL  Working Group’s  policy and programming will continue to be fostered in order to develop appropriate responses.

Continued support to ongoing work related to juvenile justice, to international judicial and law enforcement cooperation, as well as collaboration with other Working Groups, are also among the CJ-ROL Working Group priorities.

The GCTF CJ-ROL Working Group was established in 2011, and until September 2017 Co-Chaired by Egypt and the United States (US). In September 2017, GCTF Members decided that the activities of the former GCTF Detention and Reintegration (DR) Working Group will be integrated into the three thematic GCTF Working Groups. The GCTF DR Working Group was active between 2014 and September 2017. Since 2017, Nigeria and Switzerland are co-chairing the CJ-ROL Working Group.

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