Advanced Seminar on Investigation and Prosecution of International Crimes


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is partnering with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (the Mechanism) and the Prosecutor General's Office at the Abidjan Court of Appeal to jointly organize an advanced seminar on the topic of investigation and prosecution of international crimes. The seminar will take place in Abidjan, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, from 6 to 10 May 2019, and will be held in French.

The seminar aims to help national prosecutors and investigating judges in Central and West Africa to overcome the numerous challenges they are facing in their respective roles during prosecution of international crimes. The seminar will bring together 28 prosecutors and investigating judges from the Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Senegal. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss and examine, on a deeper level, the application of international criminal and international humanitarian law with experienced prosecutors from the Mechanism, the International Criminal Court and the Extraordinary African Chambers.

The seminar will be structured in five modules on international criminal law and international humanitarian law. A fictional case dealing with an armed conflict encompassing many of the real-life issues encountered in investigations and prosecutions for international crimes will serve as the main basis for the modules.

This event demonstrates the joint desire to strengthen justice and accountability in Western and Central Africa through capacity building, and the sharing of knowledge and expertise.