The Antonio Cassese Initiative, the Asser Institute, the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, and the African Institute of International Law (AIIL) are jointly organising a one-week seminar on the prosecution and adjudication of international and transnational crimes from 17 to 21 February 2020, in Arusha, Tanzania. This high-level seminar will be attended by participants carefully selected among prosecutors and judges from French speaking African countries. The seminar will be held in French.
National prosecutors and judges are the main bearers of the responsibility to prosecute and try international crimes, such as crimes against humanity. Their role is fundamental for combatting impunity and providing access to justice for victims, for preventing crimes, promoting the rule of law for societies, and for securing lasting peace. This primary responsibility of national courts is enshrined in international legal instruments, and reiterated in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
About the project
This seminar is part of the Asser Institute, Cassese Initiative, International Nuremberg Principles Academy’ s training programme on international criminal law (ICL) and transnational criminal law (TCL). The goal of the programme is to support countries with a fragile or weak justice sector, ICC situation countries and countries facing challenges in prosecuting international and transnational crimes. In short, the training programme’s aim is to assist judges and prosecutors to: strengthen their capacity to prosecute and try international and transnational crimes; enhance their ability to protect human rights; ensure effective cooperation with the ICC and other international criminal tribunals; and increase cooperation among national judiciaries.
The first round of seminars took place during 2018-2019 and consisted of four-parts: one-week face-to-face trainings in The Hague, e-streaming sessions, and a follow-up training in The Hague followed by e-streaming sessions.
Sponsors of this training include the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Peace and Justice Initiative.