Malta reiterates its commitment to support the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law

Reference Number: 30032021, Press Release Issue Date: Mar 30, 2021
On 29th and 30th March 2021, the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, Mr Christopher Cutajar, represented the Republic of Malta as the newly appointed Administrator for the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) biannual Governing Board of Administrators Meeting.

During this meeting, the Permanent Secretary commended the IIJ for its growth and its remarkable adaptability that it undertook to keep delivering its mandate during the COVID-19 unprecedented times. The Permanent Secretary also re-stated Malta’s financial support towards the IIJ, correspondingly reflecting that Malta, as the host country to the IIJ, remains committed to keep supporting the IIJ to ensure that the Institute has the right environment to operate in successfully and at its fullest. The GBA meeting was successfully concluded by a reflected approval and agreement among the Board members present, resulting in the unanimous adoption of the written Board Resolution.

The IIJ was formally inaugurated on 18 June 2014, in Valletta, Malta, and is one of the three Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) inspired institutions. The IIJ was established as a domestic foundation with an international Governing Board of Administrators (GBA) comprising of fourteen GBA members representing Algeria, the European Union, France, Italy, Jordan, Malta, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey, Kuwait, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In just six years, the IIJ undertook significant efforts to launch a strong repertoire of programmes that established itself as a key regional hub for sustainable criminal justice practitioner capacity-building in the field of global counter-terrorism. To date, the IIJ has delivered 171 capacity-building courses and workshops, and trained 6373 practitioners from around 123 different countries.