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The Siracusa International Institute’s 3RD Specialisation Course for Junior Prosecutors (SCJP) on International Criminal Justice and International Cooperation in Criminal Matters opened today in the presence of more than 40 participants from 25 countries across the world, from Brazil to Kenya and Australia to the United States.

The course is co-organised with the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), and it is also supported by the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), the US Department of State International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau, and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI)

The SCJP is designed to highlight the most important synergies between international criminal law and the domestic prosecution of international crimes, including transnational crimes. Over the course of two week-long modules (A and B), the SCJP prepares domestic prosecutors to work on cases involving core international crimes and transnational crimes, while also giving specialised training on international legal cooperation in criminal matters. The course employs a wide variety of interactive, practice-oriented, and experiential methods.

The opening ceremony of the course was held this morning, when participants were welcomed by Judge Jean-François Thony, Prosecutor General of the Court of Appeal of Rennes and President of the Siracusa International Institute (through a video-message); Mr. Tobias Freeman, Senior Legal Officer; Ms Elizabeth Howe, President of the International Legal Assistance Consortium; Mr. Han Moral, Secretary General of the International Association of Prosecutors; and Ms Edith Van den Broeck, Senior Legal Advisor.

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