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ICTY Conducts Training Session for Serbian Legal Professionals

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The Hague, 23 November 2010

ICTY Conducts Training Session for Serbian Legal Professionals

The ICTY yesterday began a training session for legal professionals from the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office and the Higher and Appellate Court, as part of the War Crimes Justice Project (WCJP).

The goal of the training is to transfer the Tribunal's institutional knowledge and specialised skills to jurisdictions in the region, thereby enhancing their capacity to handle complex war crimes cases.

This two-day training session at the Judicial Academy in Belgrade is targeting legal professionals of all levels, from legal assistants to judges, and selected individuals from various state courts who are engaged in war crimes proceedings in Serbia.

The training also targets eight support staff who recently joined the Higher and Appellate Courts as part of the WCJP to assist local judges in adjudicating war crimes cases. Earlier this year, 12 support staff also started working within the War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office under the WCJP.

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 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 sessions with staff from the local war crimes courts are scheduled to be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in the course of December 2010 and January 2011.

The WCJP is a 4-million euro regional project funded by the European Union and carried out by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in partnership with the ICTY, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, and OSCE field operations.

For more information on the project please contact Ms. Sanela Tunović, the Outreach Officer for the War Crimes Justice Project at +387 61 539 535 or wcjp [at] odihr.pl.

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For more information on the War Crimes Justice Project please visit http://www.icty.org/sid/240

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