Global Central Authorities Initiative

Under the Global Central Authorities Initiative, the IIJ works with Central Authorities – the national entities responsible for mutual legal assistance and extradition – and relevant criminal justice stakeholders at the national and regional levels to support their crucial role in facilitating regional and international judicial cooperation in terrorism and related cases.

The Initiative supports implementation and operationalisation of the IIJ Good Practices for Central Authorities (2018), a set of internationally-recognised recommendations to guide the work of Central Authorities, laying out key institutional, legal and practical considerations. Available in Arabic, English and French, the IIJ Good Practices elucidate Good Practice 9 of the GCTF’s Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector.

Current efforts are focused on building capacity around what makes for effective Central Authorities, such as adequate staffing and empowerment to communicate directly with other Central Authorities. To this end, the IIJ is working with practitioners and institutions to draft and amend operational guidelines and legislation on MLA – a priority area identified in collaboration with Central Authority practitioners who are members of the IIJ Alumni Network. 

With support from the

Government of the United States
Government of the United Kingdom
SPOTLIGHT

Capacity-Building with National and Regional Level Impact

Central Authorities – the engines of international judicial cooperation – play a crucial role in supporting the successful prosecution of terrorism-related cases. Yet Central Authority practitioners face daily challenges in navigating a labyrinth of oftentimes vastly different processes through which to access information upon which a case may depend.

Through the Global Central Authorities Initiatives, the IIJ is a leader in the effort to support these practitioners and facilitate more effective international judicial cooperation. The foundation of this work are the IIJ Good Practices for Central Authorities, which not only support operationalisation of Good Practice 9 of the Rabat Memorandum, but also actions called for in the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, (e.g. 2322, 2396).

In Action

IIJ Global Central Authorities Initiative: Joint UK Central Authority Capacity-Building Project – West Africa Regional Online Workshop for Developing Standardised Guidelines for MLA in Criminal Matters

In May 2021, the IIJ, together with the United Kingdom Central Authority (UKCA) led an online workshop for 15 legal counsel and prosecutors from Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria. The purpose of the workshop was to support the standardisation...

IIJ Global Central Authorities Initiative: Online Workshop for Ugandan Prosecutors on MLA

In October 2020, the IIJ convened an online workshop for 42 prosecutors from Uganda aimed at enhancing their understanding of mutual legal assistance (MLA) processes and developing skills to enable them to seek and obtain evidence and support from foreign...

IIJ Global Central Authorities Initiative: East Africa Regional Online Workshop for Developing Standardised Guidelines for Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) on Criminal Matters

In July 2020, the IIJ convened an online workshop for 32 legal counsel and prosecutors from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, to form in-country working groups to take on the responsibility of drafting common guidelines for the standardisation of processing inbound...

IIJ Global Central Authorities Initiative: West Africa Regional Workshop on Enhancing Judicial Cooperation in Line with the IIJ Good Practices for Central Authorities

In January 2020, the IIJ convened a capacity-building workshop on Enhancing Regional and International Cooperation Between Criminal Justice Sector Stakeholders in Terrorism Cases, which focused on the specific needs and experiences of practitioners in the West Africa region. The workshop is...

Practitioner Tools & Resources

IIJ Good Practices for Central Authorities

Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector

UN Security Council Resolution 2322

UN Security Council Resolution 2396