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ICTY Holds Training Session for Montenegrin Legal Professionals

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The Hague, 22 February 2011

ICTY Holds Training Session for Montenegrin Legal Professional


The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today held a training session for legal professionals from the Higher Court in Podgorica and Bijelo Polje and the Basic and Special Prosecutors Offices in Podgorica, 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 took place at the OSCE Mission to Monetenegro in Podgorica.

Specifically, 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 Chamber Case Law Research Tool.  The participants learnt how to make 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 and Zagreb 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

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