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ICTY Conducts Training Session of Croatian Legal Professionals

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

The Hague, 18 March 2011

ICTY Conducts Training Session of Croatian Legal Professionals

During the latest training in Zagreb, Croatia

The Tribunal yesterday began a two-day training session with judges and prosecutors from County Courts and Prosecutor Offices in Osijek, Slavonski Brod and Vukovar, in Croatia, as part of the War Crimes Justice Project (WCJP).

The goal of the training, which is taking place at the Judicial Academy in Osijek, is to share the Tribunal’s institutional knowledge and specialised skills with jurisdictions in the region, thereby enhancing their capacity to handle complex war crimes cases.

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 databases such as the website, the ICTY Court Records Database and the Appeals Chamber’s 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.

The training follows a similar session for legal professionals held in Zagreb on 13 and 14 January 2011. Since the launch of the WCJP in July 2010, similar training has taken place in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Podgorica. Further training sessions are scheduled in the region throughout the course of the project. 

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

A video on the War Crimes Justice Project can be viewed at:

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:         

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

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