The First Specialization Course for Junior Prosecutors (SCJP) in “International Criminal Law and International Cooperation in Penal Matters: Theoretical and Practical Questions” took place from July 4 to 14 in Siracusa (Italy). The course welcomed more than 50 prosecutors coming from 35 different countries - Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Maldives, Mauritius, Montenegro, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, and Uganda. The course was organized by the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP). The course was held thanks to the support of our partners the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), the International Institute of Research against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM), the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Bureau of the US State Department and UNDP Country Office in Central African Republic.
The course welcomed high level speakers - practitioners and academics. All through the first part of the course, speakers addressed International Criminal Law and specific topics including torture, smuggling of migrants, organized crime and corruption. The second part of the training course was dedicated to mutual legal assistance in penal matters. Speakers addressed international cooperation modalities and challenges in different areas such as extradition, execution of sentences abroad and seizing of assets and asset recovery. To conclude the course, a workshop was organized to allow participants to put in practice the knowledge and the methodology they developed during the course. Participants were divided into groups to reflect on a case study. During two weeks, the 52 participants were provided with the theoretical and practical tools to build efficient prosecution strategies. They also had the opportunity to develop an informal network that will strengthen international cooperation among prosecutors in the future. This training course was designed to support the new generations of prosecutors in facing international challenges during investigation and prosecution phases. Starting from this year, it will become a yearly meeting.