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Expert meeting on “Juvenile Justice in the context of Counterterrorism”

Filippo Musca, Deputy Director General of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, attended on January 20 in Valletta the expert meeting on “Juvenile Justice in the Context of Counterterrorism”, organized by the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ).

The overall purpose of the event was to ensure that criminal justice actors and institutions are active in their countries’ efforts to counter violent extremism.  Police and other law enforcement officers, defence lawyers, prosecutors and judges took part in the event by virtue of their importance for preventing and countering violent extremism. These are the main actors who play a crucial role by detecting and providing support to individuals who are at risk of violent radicalization.

The discussion was predominantly focused on how criminal justice actors and institutions can contribute to the prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of foreign terrorist fighters. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Robert Strang, IIJ Executive Secretary, Ms. Giulia Melotti, Justice for Children Expert, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Justice Section, Ms. Sophie Duroy, Policy Officer, International Juvenile Justice Observatory, Ms. Shawna Wilson, Senior Rule of Law Advisor, Counterterrorism and Counter Violent Extremism Bureau, US Department of State.

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