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ICTY Conducts Training Session for Bosnian Legal Professionals

Press Release
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)

The Hague, 24 February 2011

ICTY Conducts Training Session for Bosnian Legal Professionals

During the training session in Sarajevo

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today began a two-day training session of prosecutors and legal advisers from various cantonal offices of the prosecutor in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of the War Crimes Justice Project (WCJP).

The training is designed to enhance the capacity in the region to handle complex war crimes cases, and is one component of the War Crimes Justice Project’s comprehensive effort to assist with the transfer of the Tribunal’s institutional knowledge and specialised skills to jurisdictions in the region. The training is taking place at the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of the Federation of BiH (CEST ) in Sarajevo.

Prosecutors and legal advisers from Sarajevo, Mostar, Orašje, Široki Brijeg, Tuzla, Zenica and Bihać, who are working on war crimes cases in their own jurisdictions, are taking part in the training.

“This training is an ideal opportunity for all Prosecutor offices from Bosnia and Herzegovina to enhance their capacities in handling complex war crimes cases,” said Radoslav Marjanović, acting director of CEST. “The War Crimes Justice Project is very useful to us and we are delighted to work with OSCE/ODIHR, ICTY and UNICRI on this project.”

The training is intended to strengthen the ability of the Tribunal’s local counterparts to locate and seek ICTY information and materials relevant to their work and will cover the use of the website, the ICTY Court Records Database and the Appeals Chambers Case Law Research Tool.  It will also cover making requests to the ICTY for legal assistance and for variation of protective measures under the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence. 

Similar training has taken place in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Podgorica since the launch of the WCJP in July 2010. Further training sessions are scheduled to be held in the region in the coming months.

The War Crimes Justice Project is a 4-million euro regional project funded by the European Union and carried out by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODHIR) in partnership with the ICTY, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and OSCE field operations.

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For more information please call Ms. Sanela Tunović, War Crimes Justice Project Outreach Officer
at +387 61 539 535 or email at wcjp [at] odihr.pl
For more information on the War Crimes Justice Project please visit http://www.icty.org/sid/240

War Crimes Justice Project Partners

This project is funded by
the European Union
Implemented by: