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Invitation to the launch of the Manual on International Criminal Defence

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The Hague, 1 February 2012
Invitation to the launch of the Manual on International Criminal Defence



The Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the ICTY (ADC-ICTY) will launch the Manual on International Criminal Defence on Monday, 6 February 2012 at 18:00 in the lobby of the Tribunal.  

Journalists are cordially invited to attend the launch and should email press [at] icty.org by Friday 3 February 16:00 to confirm their attendance.

The President of the ADC-ICTY, Jelena Nikolić, the Vice-President of the ADC-ICTY, Colleen Rohan, and Judge Roberto Bellelli, Legal Adviser to the Italian Embassy in The Hague and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), will address the guests on the occasion of the launch. The event will be attended by the Tribunal’s Principals and senior officials, Embassy representatives, officials from the International Criminal Court and the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

The Manual was produced as part of the War Crimes Justice Project, a four-million Euro project funded by the EU and co-ordinated by the OSCE/ODIHR in partnership with the ICTY and UNICRI. The objective of the project was to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and materials from the ICTY to legal professionals in the former Yugoslavia ahead of the completion of the Tribunal’s mandate. The Manual provides an overview of the most effective practices developed by defence counsel representing accused before the ICTY.

Commenting on the value of the Manual, Colleen Rohan, Vice-President of the ADC-ICTY, said: "The ADC-ICTY Manual on International Criminal Defence Developed Practices is unique.  Its authors are practicing defence attorneys with personal experience defending cases in the international courts.  It will be a significant, practical resource for lawyers defending war crimes cases in the region of the former Yugoslavia."

The Manual is intended as a reference tool for defence counsel defending war crimes cases in the region. It deals with several problematic issues, such as how to use and challenge ICTY-generated evidence and how to conduct an effective plea bargaining.

The Manual was produced by the ADC-ICTY together with UNICRI.

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