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ICTY Launches Joint War Crimes Project in the Region

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

The Hague, 28 September 2010

ICTY Launches Joint War Crimes Project in the Region

ICTY Partners in Capacity Building
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European Commission

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and its partner organisations launched today a major regional project aimed at strengthening the capacity of judiciaries in the former Yugoslavia.

The Tribunal will implement this 18-month programme, titled “War Crimes Justice Project”, together with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), and OSCE field operations in the region.  The Project was made possible through the generous support of the European Union.

Speaking at the launch in Belgrade, the President of the Tribunal, Judge Patrick Robinson, underlined the importance of building the capacity of the national jurisdictions to achieve justice, peace and the rule of law in the former Yugoslavia. He said that the Tribunal will keep working together with partners in the region and elsewhere to help that process.

The purpose of the Project is to facilitate the transfer of the Tribunal’s unique institutional knowledge and specialised skills to jurisdictions in the region and ensure that those jurisdictions have access to the Tribunal’s relevant materials in a useable form.

The Project will be centred on a wide-range of activities designed to facilitate the professional development of national legal professionals, including peer-to-peer meetings with ICTY officials.

The first such meeting was held immediately after the launch of the Project between Judges from the region and Judge Patrick Robinson, Judge Carmel Agius, Judge Howard Morrison and Judge Fausto Pocar from the ICTY. 

Other activities will include the transcription of ICTY proceedings into local languages and translation of the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber Case Law Research Tool. The Project will also develop curricula on international criminal and humanitarian law, a manual for defence lawyers and other various research and analysis tools. The Project will also sponsor the hiring of support staff within domestic judicial institutions to provide expertise in areas such as prosecutorial analysis and legal research.

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For further information about this project, please go to:

Journalists can also contact Nerma Jelačić, Spokesperson for Registry and Chambers at jelacic [at] un.org and +31 6 53 57 8006

War Crimes Justice Project Partners

This project is funded by
the European Union
Implemented by: