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The Genocide Network

Training activities

The investigation and prosecution of core international crimes are legally and evidentially complex, often involving multiple jurisdictions; obtaining evidence, as well as identifying and reaching out to victims and witnesses, can be a difficult undertaking. Prosecuting alleged perpetrators of core international crimes also requires a broad understanding of many fields of expertise beyond the applicable legal framework. Therefore, the development of the necessary skills is of utmost importance in the fight against impunity of perpetrators of core international crimes.

However, many Member States still lack practitioners with specialised expertise in core international crimes. Specific training for people in charge of the investigation and prosecution of core international crimes is therefore crucial.

In light of these circumstances, the Genocide Network has included measures related to training and capacity building in its Strategy (Council document 15584/2/14) to combat impunity for the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes within the European Union and its Member States. The Genocide Network cooperates with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) and the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) in developing and facilitating the implementation of specialised training programmes for national practitioners involved in the fight against impunity.

For an overview of past and upcoming training programmes, please see below:

Following the great success of the previous trainings, the Genocide Network Secretariat (GNS) and the EJTN will hold a fourth training programme for practitioners, investigators and prosecutors in 2019. Further information will be available in due course on the EJTN website.