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Specialisation Course for Junior Prosecutors


Fourth Specialisation Course for Junior Prosecutors on International Criminal Justice and International Cooperation in Criminal Matters




Betwewn June 30 and July 13, 2019, The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (Siracusa Institute) and International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) organized the 4th Specialisation Course for Junior Prosecutors (SCJP). This world-leading prosecutor training course was developed by the Siracusa International Institute in partnership with the IAP.

The SCJP is designed to highlight the most important synergies between international criminal justice and the domestic prosecution of international crimes. Over two weeks, the course prepared domestic prosecutors to work on cases involving core international crimes and transnational crimes, and also offer specialised training in international legal cooperation.

This course has been developed by leading prosecutors:

  • Judge Jean-François Thony, Prosecutor General, Court of Appeals of the Alsace Region and President, Siracusa Institute.


  • Baron Dr. Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor, UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.


  • Edith Van den Broeck, Senior Legal Advisor, International Association of Prosecutors.


  • Rasmus H.  Wandall, General  Counsel, International Association of Prosecutors.


  • Laurel Baig, Senior Appeals Counsel, UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.


  • Elizabeth Howe, President, International Legal Assistance Consortium.




In 2019, SCJP featured several new, cutting-edge topics to be covered by leading international experts:


  • Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and related technologies;


  • Attacks on critical infrastructure including critical information systems and soft targets;


  • Wildlife trafficking and related forms of illicit trade;


  • Environmental crime including illicit waste trafficking;


  • Cooperating with online service providers in gathering digital evidence.




The Specialisation Course  employed a wide variety of interactive, practice-oriented and experiential methods to equip participants with the knowledge, analytical tools, practical skills and proven techniques required to develop effective investigation and prosecution strategies relevant to their areas of practice and/or interest.

Over two weeks, the SCJP built on interactive lectures with practical exercises and simulations. The course culminated in a detailed case study-based exercise that draws on the advanced knowledge, practical skills and techniques that have been developed during the sessions.

For its fourth edition, SCJP 2019 brang together prosecutors from across the world. The past three courses were attended by 146 prosecutors from 51 countries.



Each year, SCJP brings together leading national and international prosecutors, as well as professors and law enforcement experts. Previous years of SCJP have included the following speakers among others:

  • Judge Kimberly Prost, Chef de Cabinet to the President of the International Criminal Court, former Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and former UN Ombudsperson to the ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions


  • Mr. Dan Suter, former Specialist Prosecutor, International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service and former UK Liaison Prosecutor to the US


  • Michael Lauber, Attorney General of Switzerland


  • Ms. Loide Lungameni, Chief, Organised Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs, UN Office on Drugs and Crime


  • Mr. Jan Kerkhofs,Federal Magistrate, Belgium Federal Prosecutor’s Office


  • Mr. Sabine Ouellet,Chief Prosecutor, Department of External Affairs, Security and Development, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Québec and President, International Association of Francophone Prosecutors


  • Mr Mariano Federici, President, Financial Information Unit of the Republic of Argentina


  • Nadim Kyriakos-Saad, Assistant General Counsel and Head, Financial Integrity Group, International Monetary Fund


  • Gail Kent, Global Public Policy Manager, Facebook


  • Alfredo Nunzi, Director, Department of Administration, European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPOL)


  • Frédéric Van Leeuw, Chief Crown Prosecutor, Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office


  • Mr Thomas Burrows, Associate Director for Europe and Senior Counsel for Multilateral Affairs, Office of International Affairs, US Department of Justice


  • Ms. Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office and former Chair, New York City Anti Human Trafficking Task Force

For further information, please visit the right side menu. Should you have questions on next edition, contact the Siracusa International Institute at info@siracusainstitute.org.