Tunisian judges and prosecutors embark on major International Criminal Law training programme

Today, a new International Criminal Law (ICL) training programme aimed at furthering the understanding and strengthening the application of ICL principles in Tunisia’s domestic courts is being launched for judges and prosecutors in Tunisia by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

To consider ICL within the Tunisian context, Tunisian judges and prosecutors will undertake comparative legal analysis and case study exercises from 29 September – 1 October 2014 in Tunis, Tunisia, in the first of a series of five scheduled workshops. The three-day block of training of the first workshop will cover:

  • the historical development and establishment of international courts and tribunals;
  • international humanitarian law;
  • war crimes;
  • crimes against humanity;
  • genocide;
  • aggression;
  • torture and terrorism as an international crime;
  • individual criminal responsibility and grounds for contesting criminal responsibility;
  • prosecution before international courts and tribunals;
  • procedure for international criminal trials; and
  • the impact of international law on national legislation and prosecution.

The training is being delivered by international criminal law practitioners and experts, including:

  • Helen Brady, Senior Appeals Counsel and Head of the Appeals Section at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, The Netherlands;
  • Manoj Sachdeva, Trial Lawyer and Member of the Senior Legal Staff at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, The Netherlands;
  • Dr Mohammed Ayat, Professor of Law at the Mohammed V University Rabat-Souissi, Morocco; and
  • Dr Triestino Mariniello, Senior Lecturer in Law at the Department of Law and Criminology at Edge Hill University in England.

In advance of the commencement of the training session, IBAHRI Co-Chair Sternford Moyo said, ‘Tunisia became the first North African country to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in June 2011, following the abdication of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Under the Rome Statute, the primary responsibility of exercising jurisdiction over perpetrators of international crimes lies with the domestic legal system. In acceding to the Rome Statute, Tunisia must now promote the implementation of ICL principles and equip judges and prosecutors with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure accountability for past violations and justice for victims in line with international standards. Only then will Tunisia be in a position to bring to justice perpetrators of the institutional violence experienced during the Ben Ali regime and build its future.’

The IBAHRI will also launch the Arabic translation of its International Criminal Law Toolkit. Also available in English and French, the IBAHRI Toolkit aims to:

  • familiarise legal professionals with the principles of ICL;
  • promote understanding of how those responsible for international crimes should be tried;
  • strengthen the application of ICL principles in domestic and international legal practice; and
  • build the capacity of domestic institutions to fight impunity and ensure accountability for international crimes.

Click here to download the IBAHRI International Criminal Law Toolkit.

Editors Notes

  1. The IBAHRI ICL training programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is coordinated under the auspices of the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), within ILAC’s MENA Rule of Law Programme.
  2. The IBAHRI ICL training programme will run parallel to a major judicial training programme, led by the IBAHRI and the CEELI Institute, coordinated by ILAC, which aims to train all of Tunisia’s judges in the application of human rights in the administration of justice by 2015. Across 2012 and 2013, the IBAHRI and CEELI Institute workshops delivered training to more than 800 judges and prosecutors.
  3. The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. Through its global membership of individual lawyers, law firms, bar associations and law societies it influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

    The IBA’s administrative office is in London. Regional offices are located in: São Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington DC, US, while the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Programme (IBA ICC) is managed from an office in The Hague.

    The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law, and to preserve the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession worldwide.

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