As the ICC and Eurojust will move into their new permanent premises in the period 2015 - 2017, Eurojust hosted a meeting on 4 July 2014 to share the experience of Eurojust, the ICC and other major Hague-based organisations in the use of interpretation during videoconference meetings, with the goal of designing state-of-the-art videoconference interpreting facilities. Special attention was paid to the use of videoconferencing in cross-border cases, and the drafting of best practice and recommendations.
For the first time, over 30 subject matter experts from Eurojust, the ICC, the European Commission and Parliament, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and other institutions, as well as representatives from NATO, Member States and private industry, were gathered together for this purpose in one of the largest multi-point videoconferencing meetings ever held at Eurojust, with six remote parties.
Several factors make videoconference interpreting in international organisations challenging:
- the distance and remoteness of certain videoconferencing locations;
- stringent security requirements, which, for example, require the technology to be able to cope with adding image and sound distortion of a witness for the public, while at the same time providing the interpreters with a clear feed;
- high expectations for the videoconferencing interpretation output, as the transcription of the interpretation constitutes evidence at trials; and
- the human factor: how do interpreters cope with interpreting traumatic testimony under these conditions?
Jon Broughton, Head of the Information Management Unit at Eurojust, commented: 'We are very honoured to host today many international organisations to share their experience in videoconferencing. Each organisation has contributed to creating a more efficient videoconferencing tool with interpretation in some of the most challenging environments. All these organisations will benefit in the future from today’s discussions. In particular, the cost- and time-saving advantages of videoconferencing guarantee a bright future and demonstrate the clear need for further development'.
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