Bangladesh: Sensitizing Judges to International Norms

On November 20 and 27, 2018, NCSC held two training sessions on international norms to combat corruption, money laundering, and terrorism financing. Organized jointly with the Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI), the sessions were conducted by the Operational Head of the Bangladeshi Financial Intelligence Unit and attended by 53 District Judges. District Judges are the highest-ranking district-level judges and are competent to adjudicate terrorism cases and complex financial crimes in Districts where no special tribunal has been established. Through the training, NCSC and JATI sensitized judges to international conventions such as the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and how standards and mechanisms set by these conventions apply to Bangladeshi law. Judges also learned about regional and national AML-CTF bodies, including the Financial Intelligence Unit, and their roles and responsibilities. The sessions are part of the program’s efforts to create new training programs and best practice exchanges for judges to increase their capacity to adjudicate terrorism cases and complex financial crimes effectively and in line with international standards.

NCSC is present in Bangladesh as implementing partner for the U.S. Department of State’s Strengthening Rule of Law Program, funded by the Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CT).