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King Philip of Belgium has awarded Judge Christina van der Wyngaert, judge of the International Criminal Court, the title of baroness for her merits as an academic as well as an international judge. Judge Christina van der Wyngaert has been involved in the life and activities of ISISC since 1976, when she participated, as a PhD Candidate, in the International Seminar on “International Criminal Law”.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:35

Trafficking of Migrants: Sicily, Italy, Europe?

ISISC is holding, on 19-20 November 2014 in Palermo, an inter-dimensional meeting on "Trafficking of Migrants: Sicily, Italy, Europe?" in collaboration with the Department of Law of the University of Palermo. The meeting is part of the research project of the University of Palermo on "Transnational Crimes and the need for judicial cooperation" and was attended by about 30 distinguished speakers from the most prestigious Italian Universities, including Dr. Giovanni Pinto, Director of Immigration and Border Police at the Ministry of Interior, as well as Italian representative of Frontex. The topics discussed during the event were the following: Smuggling of migrants: problems and perspectives; The migrant as a holder of rights; The migrant as a victim of a crime; The migrant as offender; The international context and the filter of law.

ISISC ha organizzato dal 19 al 20 Novembre 2014 a Palermo, l'incontro di studio interdimensionale su “Traffico di Migranti: Sicilia, Italia, Europa?” in collaborazione con il Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche dell'Università di Palermo All'incontro, svolto nell'ambito del progetto di ricerca dell'Università di Palermo su “Reati transnazionali ed esigenze di cooperazione giudiziaria", hanno partecipato circa 30 autorevoli relatori provenienti dalle più prestigiose Università italiane, tra cui anche il Dott. Giovanni Pinto, Direttore centrale dell'immigrazione e della polizia delle frontiere presso il Ministero dell'Interno, nonchè rappresentante italiano di Frontex. I temi affrontati nel corso dell'evento sono stati i seguenti: Traffico di migranti: problemi e prospettive; Il migrante come soggetto di diritti; Il migrante come vittima del reato; Il migrante come autore del reato; Il contesto internazionale e il filtro giurisprudenziale.

ISISC today is attending the second meeting organized by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs with the International Legal Organizations based in Italy, as a follow up to the first meeting organized on May 6. In addition to ISISC, the meeting involved the following organizations: International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL); International Development Law Organization (IDLO); International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT); the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe; United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

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Between October 19 and November 8, ISISC, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted a "Technical Assistance Program on Human Rights, Refugees and Asylum Seekers for Justice Sector Actors (Judges, Prosecutors) and NGO/CSO Activists in Iraqi Kurdistan". This topic is of dramatic relevance because of the constant flow of refugees arriving daily from Turkey to Iraqi Kurdistan.
The program comprised two main phases: the first phase took place in Siracusa and consisted in 18 training sessions taught by internationally known experts, including the former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Fausto Pocar, currently President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, who provided Iraqi participants with a comprehensive overview of the protection of human rights. This first part also included a one-day visit to the local institutions working for the protection of refugees, victims of trafficking, and migrant workers.
The second, more practical phase, took place in Rome and Geneva, where the 14 participants visited, respectively: the Commission for Asylum Seekers of the Ministry of the Interior (see picture to the right), a Welcoming Center for Asylum Seekers (CARA) and had an institutional meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration (see picture to the left) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Between 3–7 November, ISISC, in cooperation with the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR), a part of the Basel Institute on Governance in Switzerland, is organizing a Workshop on “Mutual Legal Assistance and the Misuse of Offshore Structures”. The workshop addresses prosecutors and investigators from 5 MENA countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia).

The key objective of this training programme is to enhance the capacity of relevant law enforcement agencies in the MENA region in investigating and prosecuting international corruption cases and unraveling the beneficial ownership of criminal assets. Most importantly, the training will assist the authorities of countries in the MENA region in enhancing their staff’s ability to identify and initiate the key steps for addressing a successful request for foreign assistance to relevant foreign jurisdictions for a variety of investigative needs.

Offshore banking and structures remain a very lucrative investment and means for criminals to hide their illegal income and distance themselves from the beneficial ownership of stolen assets. Therefore, the workshop will focus on offshore corporations, trusts, ease of incorporation, secrecy, layering of trust and shell companies, ability to identify beneficial ownership and offshore banking.

The workshop involves the participation of two trainers and four international experts in the field of asset recovery and international co-operation from financial centres such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Lebanon. Their involvement will facilitate increased international co-operation with countries in the MENA region in the interests of solving transnational corruption and recovering illegal assets stashed abroad. It will also provide participants with insight into the domestic legal requirements for international co-operation of such jurisdictions and offshore structures such as trusts and international business corporations.

Read here the speech by Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Ambassador Inigo Lambertini during the 69th UN General Assembly - Third Commission Meeting on Item 68: Promotion and protection of human rights (October 21, 2014),  citing the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences' training programs against the capital punishment as a symbol of Italy's efforts to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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