The CEELI Institute is delighted to renew our partnership with the National Judicial Academy (NJA) of India and the U.S. Federal Judicial Center (FJC) in an effort to promote judicial exchange and education. After piloting an extremely successful counterterrorism initiative over the past two years, we have now broadened our horizons to focus more broadly on the adjudication of complex transnational crimes. Building on the relationships forged between the Institute, the NJA, the FJC, and a core group of talented Indian High Court Justices, we look to duplicate the success of our previous project which included the development and rollout of an India-specific counterterrorism curriculum designed for trial court judges. That curriculum reflects Indian national legislation and judicial practice, while incorporating a modern pedagogical approach in lieu of more traditional lecture-based teaching methodology.
CEELI’s work in India has been so successful that it was highlighted at a panel at the 2019 biannual conference of the International Organization of Judicial Training’s (IOJT), held in Cape Town, South Africa. The panel, “Adjudicating Terrorism-Related Cases: A Curriculum Development Model,” highlighted CEELI’s multi-year partnership with the NJA and the FJC. The unique project model, which coupled training on modern pedagogy for judges with the creation of a national counterterrorism curriculum, drew wide praise from representatives from judicial training institutions from around the world, many of which struggle to incorporate modern teaching techniques into their systems.