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IAP-UNICRI Webinar: The Prosecution of Chemical and Biological Crimes

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2024 - Tuesday 11 June 2024


All organisational and individual members of the IAP are invited to join us for a webinar organised jointly by the International Association of Prosecutors Global Training Academy and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). 
Webinar:             The Prosecution of Chemical and Biological Crimes
Date / time:       14:00-15:15 hrs Central European Summer Time (CEST), Tuesday 11 June 2024
Speakers and presentation titles:
1.  Francesco Marelli, Head of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Unit, UNICRI
Title:  Introduction and outline of UNICRI’s activities
2.  Talgat Toleubayev, Regional Coordinator, UNICRI
Title:  Prosecution of CBRN Crimes:  Guidebooks and training package
3.  Mitchell Stern, Attorney at Law
Title:  AMERITHRAX:  Prosecution challenges in the US 2001 Anthrax case
4.  Simon Minks, National Coordinating Advocate-General contra terrorism, extremism and international crimes, Netherlands
Title:  Prosecuting chemical and biological crimes:  the next frontier?
The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) has a broad mandate to design and implement improved policies and actions in the field of crime prevention and control.  In 2006, UNICRI established the CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Unit to assist Member States to anticipate, assess and mitigate CBRN threats.  In 2022 UNICRI, in cooperation with international partners including the IAP, developed a Prosecutors Guide to Chemical and Biological Crimes.  It was fully funded by the European Union with the framework of its CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative.  A second guide, the Prosecutors Guide to Radiological and Nuclear Crimes, has also been developed and will be published in May 2024. 
Using operational case examples, this webinar will consider some of the challenges involved in investigating and prosecuting chemical and biological crimes, and also best practice mechanisms that may be used by prosecutors to successfully prosecute these grave offences.  It will also review resources that are available to assist prosecutors, particularly the Prosecutors Guide to Chemical and Biological Crimes which has been developed by UNICRI.
This webinar will be held in English and no interpretation will be provided.  All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.  The webinar is open to all IAP organisational and individual members.
This webinar is the first in a series of two webinars which have been developed jointly between the IAP Global Training Academy and UNICRI.  The second webinar, on the prosecution of radiological and nuclear crimes, will take place on 18 July at 11:00 hrs CEST.  More details will be circulated shortly in relation to the speakers for the second webinar.
For more details, please contact Ms. Irina Beridze, Executive Programme Manager of the IAP, at epm@iap-association.org
We look forward to welcoming you at the webinar!