Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group
Co-Chaired by Nigeria and Switzerland, 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’s Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector (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:
Collection, Use and Sharing of Evidence
The CJ-ROL Working Group, with the support of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), has led the development of the GCTF Abuja Recommendations on the Collection, Use and Sharing of Evidence for Purposes of Criminal Prosecution of Terrorist Suspects. The Recommendations focus on law enforcement and judicial cooperation, and different types of evidence including forensic, digital, military, intelligence and witness evidence, and aim to offer guidance to investigators and prosecutors to build a solid case based on strong and admissible evidence. An Expert Meeting and a Review Meeting were held in The Hague, the Netherlands in March 2018 and in Abuja, Nigeria in June 2018 respectively. The document was endorsed at the Ninth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting in New York in September 2018.
Administrative Counterterrorism Measures
The CJ-ROL Working Group will develop a Memorandum on the Use of Rule of Law-Based Administrative Measures in a Counterterrorism Context. The Memorandum aims at supporting member states to complement their counterterrorism legislation and policies that allow the use of administrative counterterrorism measures within a rule of law framework. The document will elaborate on the legal basis, scope, procedures, authority and oversight, safeguards and other dimensions relating to the use of administrative measures.
Gender in Criminal Justice
In Abuja, Nigeria in June 2018, a Panel Discussion on Gender Perspectives in the Criminal Justice Approach to Terrorism was also organized by the CJ-ROL Working Group with the aim to explore how a gender perspective in legislation, policy and programming accounts for the different experiences, effects, impacts and needs of women, girls, boys and men, and discuss gender sensitive approaches in criminal justice.
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.