The Programme Director of The Kukah Centre, Rev. Fr. Dr. Atta Barkindo, has been tapped as one of the leading experts to facilitate a training programme on the adjudication of terrorism cases for trial judges from the Sahel region scheduled from May 8-12, 2017 in Dakar, Senegal.

Organized by the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, the five-day course will bring together trial judges from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal with the goal of providing them technical and specialized training to effectively handle terrorism related cases in their countries.

The workshop which will be based on the GCT’s The Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Cases will address topics like juvenile justice in a counterterrorism context, access to accusatorial evidence and right of accused to challenge evidence, psychology of terrorism, radicalization and de-radicalization as well as evaluating the role of intelligence in relation to evidence.

Fr. Barkindo will speak on the topic Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Terrorists with a focus on Nigeria experience of developing a prison-based de-radicalization programme. He wrote his doctoral dissertation at the School of Oriental and Africa Studies (SOAS), University of London on the Boko Haram sect and has been involved in major projects on the rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorists in northern Nigeria.

A similar training programme for trial judges will be held in Benin, Nigeria in early July 2017.

The Kukah Centre is a Nigeria-based policy research institute that aspires towards the attainment of a more humane, democratic and free society where citizens can live in true freedom unencumbered by any structures of exclusion on the basis of ethnic, religious, economic or gender differences. The Centre’s core programme areas include interfaith dialogue, good governance, leadership development, memory preservation and knowledge promotion among others.

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