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From the 16th to the 18th of October 2018 took place in Malta the EuroMed Justice Training of Trainers (ToT) activity dedicated to international judicial cooperation in criminal matters, organized in close collaboration with the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ).
The Malta ToT activity represents an important step in the transition process from the analytical phase, embodied notably by the CrimEx docs, towards the development of the South Partner Countries (SPC) capacities in judicial cooperation in criminal matters.
The participants, trainers from the SPCs in cross-border cooperation in criminal matters, were from the judicial schools of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine and Egypt, with representatives from the Euro-Arab Judicial Training Network (EAJTN), the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals Programme (HELP), the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), and the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights.
During this seminar – which was a follow-up of a previous work session of the EuroMed Justice Group of Experts in Criminal Matters (CrimEx 7th Session) held last June, where SPC and EU Member States Judicial Schools discussed the training needs in international judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the Euro-Mediterranean region – the EuroMed Justice training documents were presented: the Training Needs Analysis, the ToT methodology, the ToT Manual, and ToT Curricula. These documents were drafted by European and Mediterranean experts upon the information and needs provided by the SPCs. These documents reflect the content of the so-called CrimEx Documents (pioneer documents constituting major analytical, comparative, and practical tools for cross-regional cooperation in criminal matters) and the EuroMed Manual on Digital Evidence.
The objective of the seminar was to discuss with and train the SPCs judicial school representatives and trainers using the above-mentioned EuroMed Justice ToT documents. The ultimate objective is two-fold: 1) SPCs Judicial Schools will introduce modules of international cooperation in criminal matters in their curricula; and 2) the EU Judicial Schools and the EJTN will train judges and prosecutors taking into account the unique analytical content of the CrimEx Docs and the EuroMed Manual on Digital Evidence.
Finally, the ToT activity was closed by the Minister of Justice of Malta, who expressed the great interest of his country in the endeavor carried out by the EuroMed Justice Project, especially in cross-border cooperation in criminal matters. “Trust is at the basis of all our work in the fight against international crime in the Mediterranean and Europe” he said.
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