Our Mission is to enhance and strengthen the competencies of criminal justice practitioners and other stakeholders to address terrorism and related transnational criminal activities within a rule of law framework, and to promote cooperation and information exchange on a national, regional and international basis.
Our Vision is to be an internationally-recognised training institute and a regional knowledge hub for practical and sustainable rule of law-based capacity-building for lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, corrections officials, other criminal justice practitioners and relevant stakeholders. The IIJ will continue its core geographic focus on North, West and East Africa, the Middle East, and other select regions. The IIJ’s continued growth will include developing, implementing and operationalising international good practices, and developing new strategies and techniques to fully address the contemporary manifestation and evolving nature of global terrorism.
At the June 2012 Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), members called for the establishment of
the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) as a key platform to deliver innovative and sustainable training to
implement the counter-terrorism-related, rule of law-based GCTF good practices. The Group of 8 (G8) welcomed the proposed establishment
of the IIJ at its June 2013 Summit. A range of governments and international, regional and non-governmental organisations then collaborated
to develop the IIJ’s mandate and structure. The IIJ was formally inaugurated in June 2014.
Ministerial Meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)
GCTF ministers and senior officials announced strong support for the establishment of the IIJ as a key platform to deliver innovative and sustainable training to implement the counter-terrorism-related, rule of law-based good practices being developed by the GCTF and other international and regional fora.
G8 Leaders welcome the establishment of the IIJ in their statement at the June 2013 G8 Summit. A range of governments and international, regional and non-governmental organisations collaborated on developing the IIJ’s mandate, mission, structure, legal foundation and curriculum.
The IIJ was formally inaugurated on 18 June 2014, at a ceremony in Valletta, Malta, and held its first programme on terrorist networks the following day.
The IIJ & University of Malta sign MoU
The IIJ and the University of Malta secured a future 15-year lease
for the IIJ’s headquarters at the University’s Valletta campus.