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Tribunal and OSCE ODIHR Commence Capacity Building Legacy Project

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The Hague, 28 May 2008

Tribunal and OSCE ODIHR Commence Capacity Building Legacy Project

The President of the Tribunal, Judge Fausto Pocar, and Ambassador Christian Strohal of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), yesterday signed an exchange of letters on cooperation on a joint project to focus on support for national judicial authorities in the former Yugoslavia.

The project will identify the Tribunal’s best practices, as well as those of partner bodies such as the OSCE, when providing assistance to courts, judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals in building and strengthening their capacity to hold fair trials in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

The agreement signed in Vienna yesterday is part of a broad range of legacy projects that President Pocar has been promoting on behalf of the Tribunal. The project is intended to highlight the priorities of national authorities in the years to come and to provide a model for other international courts in determining how to support domestic institutions effectively.

President Pocar sees the preservation of the Tribunal’s legacy and its pioneering efforts in the development of international human rights law and practices as a key part of the Tribunal’s Completion Strategy.

Last month, President Pocar initiated a similar project with the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Yesterday’s event brings together the Tribunal, ODIHR and UNICRI in efforts to benefit legal practitioners across the globe and promote and aid international and domestic justice in years to come.

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