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CANCELLED: 5th Specialisation Course for Prosecutors

Date: Monday 26 October 2020 - Tuesday 3 November 2020

Location: Siracusa, Italy  

The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (Siracusa International Institute) and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) are co-organising the 5th Specialisation Course for Prosecutors on International Criminal Justice, Transnational Crime and International Cooperation in Criminal Matters.

This course is specifically designed for prosecutors to gain expertise from leading legal experts in matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of core international crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide as well as transnational crimes, including, among others, environmental crime, human trafficking and crimes involving new technologies. The course is also designed to provide participants with a solid foundation and expert insights into international legal cooperation frameworks and methods. In tis practice-oriented approach to those topics, the coure includes interactive lectures, and workshops and practical exercises.

The course will include, among others, the following topics:

  • Gathering, preserving & sharing digital evidence, led by Dan Suter, former Specialist Prosecutor, International Justice & Organised Crime Division, UK Crown Prosecution Service & former Liaison Prosecutor to the US.
  • Wildlife trafficking & related environmental crimes, led by Deborah L. Harris, Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, US Department of Justice and John M. Sellar, former Head of Enforcement, Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora (CITES).
  • Cooperating with online platforms & service providers to secure digital evidence, led by Dan Suter.
  • Tackling cyber-enabled criminality via online platforms, cryptomarkets & cryptocurrencies, led by Jan Kerkhofs, Federal Magistrate, Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Addressing the impunity gap during ongoing conflict: reflections from the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on Syria, led by Hanna Lemoine, Legal Officer, UN Mechanism on Syria & former Prosecutor, Swedish Prosecution Authority.
  • Prosecuting terrorism: lessons learned & best practices, led by Frederic Van Leeuw, Belgian Federal Prosecutor & David Cawthorne, Unit Head, UK Crown Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Innovative approaches to judicial cooperation: UNODC’s Liaison Magistrate Initiative between Nigeria, Italy and Spain, led by Hajara Yusuf, Liaison Prosecutor to Italy, Nigerian Ministry of Justice.
  • Engaging professionally with the media, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, led by Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Why participate?

  • You will benefit from lectures and practical exercises based on case studies, which will enhance your knowledge and skills to investigate international and transnational crimes and cooperate internationally.
  • As a Prosecutor, you will be offered an unique setting to networks and exchange experiences and good practice with your peers from all over the world.

How to apply?

  • Apply online at http://www.siracusainstitute.org. Applicants must upload their curriculum vitae and a short motivation letter as directed.
  • A sponsorship programme will be available for participants from certain countries.

Deadline for applicationis: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SCp 2020 in Siracusa, Italy has been cancelled.



Registration deadline: 31 March 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SCP 2020 in Siracusa, Italy, has been cancelled.