Seminar on the Investigation and Prosecution of International Crimes for Magistrates from francophone Africa


The Nuremberg Academy, the Asser Institute and the Antonio Cassese Initiative held a five-day seminar for magistrates from francophone Africa on the investigation and prosecution of international crimes between 1 and 5 July 2024 at the Asser Institute, The Hague. It followed two days of online seminars, which took place on 4 and 6 June 2024. Fifteen magistrates from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Niger and Togo travelled for the occasion.

The programme combined theoretical and practical sessions. Training courses covered issues such as sexual and gender-based violence, the relationship between international humanitarian law and counter-terrorism and international cooperation. They were delivered by international experts, including academics and practitioners working at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The programme also encompassed a study visit at the ICC.

Senior Officer for Training and Capacity-Strengthening Darleen Seda and Project Officer Dr Pauline Martini represented the Nuremberg Academy. Ms Seda gave the opening speech and Dr Martini taught a case study session on crimes against humanity. (pm)