On 26 October, the President of Eurojust, Ms Michèle Coninsx, hosted a delegation of 26 members of the International Action Learning Group (IALG) in the context of the first session of their annual seminar.
The theme of this year’s seminar was a discussion of the work and challenges of Eurojust in relation to the IALG mandate, particularly its involvement in fighting serious organised and cross-border crime, how international judicial cooperation is organised, in which areas improvements are to be made, and what kind of coordination mechanisms have proven to be most effective.
The programme began with a presentation on Eurojust’s casework by Ms Coninsx, followed by presentations from Mr Michael Olmsted, Liaison Prosecutor for the USA, and Mr Lodewijk van Zwieten, Eurojust Seconded National Expert for Cybercrime.
During the visit, Eurojust’s work in the areas of counterterrorism, illegal immigrant smuggling and cybercrime was highlighted. Developments in these crime areas go very fast, demanding much by way of innovation and cooperation from practitioners. Apart from its operational support, Eurojust facilitates the work of practitioners with network building and sharing of experience and best practice.
The IALG, which visits Eurojust every year, is a senior international leadership programme for the development of senior leaders within law enforcement, stressing the importance of criminal justice, especially the involvement of judicial authorities, in law enforcement. IALG members gather for three seminars per year to work on a research assignment given to them by Pearls in Policing, an international think-tank devoted to strategic and personal challenges in policing. The IALG programme is based on action learning: research, work and learning at the same time. The 2016 IALG assignment is A Shock-Proof Police Organisation.