Prosecuting and judging core international crimes within the EU



“Prosecuting and judging core international crimes within the EU”

 Combating impunity

 The Hague 30 November- 02 December 2015

Event hosted by The Hague Institute for Global Justice


The crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (core international crimes) are “unimaginable atrocities that deeply shock the conscience of humanity” and are deemed to “threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world”. These crimes, perpetrators and their assets, victims and witnesses have real links with Member States. Investigations and prosecutions deal with highly complex cases which require the need to exchange knowledge among practitioners.

Furthermore, such investigations and prosecutions are legally and evidentially complex, often involving multiple jurisdictions, and to obtain evidence, identify, access victims and witnesses can be difficult. Trials of suspected perpetrators of core international crimes also require permanently a broad understanding of additional fields of expertise in addition to the applicable legal framework.

In the EU judicial training panorama, for the first time, a comprehensive program on core international crimes and its impact in the EU will be held from 30th November to 2nd December 2015 at The Hague within the framework of an enhanced cooperation between the European Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (The Genocide Network) and the European Judicial Training Network.

Furthermore, the JAI Council 15-16 June 2015 adopted conclusions on the fight against impunity for the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes within the European Union and its Member States. The Genocide Network Strategy (Council document 15584/2/14) foresees that the EU should furthermore ensure funding possibilities for trainings and capacity building. This could include possibilities for projects and training programmes for prosecutors and judges within the European Judicial Training Network.

The common program responds to that recommendation.

Aims of the common training program

Learning outcomes of the training programme on core international crimes relate to improved understanding of substantive international criminal law with definitions and elements of crimes with corresponding international and national jurisprudence.

Participants of the training programme would benefit of advanced comprehension of criminal liability in this crime area, the practical issues in building a case and the specific evidentiary challenges. A third aspect of learning objectives would relate to judicial cooperation, focusing on instruments within the EU and applicable international treaties as well as pertinent practical issues.


The common programme will combine lectures with 3 workshopsthe and plenary debriefings in order to improve practical skills of practitioners and will be a platform to exchange best practices while dealing with complex cases.  

An active participation should be required in accordance with EJTN methods “learn-by-doing”. Within this context, judges and prosecutors will learn about the practical questions that arise under their own legal system and moreover, under the systems of their colleagues in other Member States when dealing with core international crimes. Enhanced knowledge and a better understanding are the core of the program.

The seminar will be assisted by international and national experts, with a vast experience in this particular crime area. The working language will be English. 

Beneficiaries of the common training program

The seminar will address both experienced judges and prosecutors or with some knowledge of judicial cooperation. Number of available places: 45  

Please contact your national EJTN Member to apply for the selection procedure.

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