Supporting rule of law compliant investigations and prosecutions in the Maghreb region

Project Duration
2014 - 2018
€ 4 million
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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

Brief Description

This tripartite initiative among the EU, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) addresses the issue of how to pursue counter-terrorism investigations and prosecutions while respecting human rights and the rule of law. It aims to provide, as appropriate, technical advice and support for capacity-building measures, technical exchanges and the sharing of best practice with the EU.

Countries covered: Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia


The project seeks to increase the capacity of criminal justice and law enforcement officials to effectively investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorism cases in the Maghreb, in line with the relevant international legal instruments and human rights norms, standards and good practices.

The action’s more specific objectives are to:

1) strengthen regional capacity and implementation of long-term collaborative counter-terrorism measures in the Maghreb;

2) strengthen regional and national-level analysis, formulation of response measures and policy advocacy regarding human rights compliant investigation and prosecution of terrorist cases, to ensure that criminal justice responses to terrorism that fully integrate fully incorporate rule-of law-standards and are founded on an evidence-based system;

3) reinforce the capacity of the Maghreb countries for enhanced participation in regional and global counter-terrorism efforts.

Actions in brief

– Regional activities, including regional workshops targeting — but not limited to — the following topics: challenges posed by a criminal justice preventative response to terrorism; special investigative techniques used in the prosecution of complex terrorism-related offences; cross-border cooperation on counter-terrorism; moving from a confession-based to an evidence-based system of counter-terrorism investigations and prosecutions, in line with the rule of law and human rights.

– National specialised training and in-country technical assistance, and specially adapted online training courses aimed at supporting national and regional training institutions to integrate and deliver human rights-specific dimensions of counter-terrorism in their curriculum.

– Train-the-trainers workshops for criminal justice officials, based on the online courses and building upon the expertise acquired by the participants, in close conjunction with national magistrates’ schools and high judicial councils in the beneficiary countries.

Implementing partners : Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB), Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)

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