In 2014 The Siracusa Institute initiated a three-year technical assistance project to support the Egyptian justice sector in the protection of human rights in the administration of criminal justice, financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The technical assistance project was divided into five phases:
- 1) Training Needs Assessment and Development of Curricula/Materials;
- 2) Training of Trainers;
- 3) National Trainings;
- 4) Technical Assistance to the Office of the Legislature under the Ministry of Justice and the Secretariat of Parliament; and
- 5) an Assessment of the Application of Human Rights Law in Egyptian Courts.
Training activities trained a total of 810 judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, including the training of 60 new trainers from each of these professional backgrounds to conduct future trainings. In addition, the program involved the development of a training curricula and materials to be used in the program and in future trainings. The program trained also 30 professionals operating in legislative offices, in a unique pilot training program.