Training for Rwandan criminal justice professionals

From 7 to 16 November 2017, 20 Rwandan professionals – working in different branches of the criminal justice sector – will visit VU University Amsterdam and CICJ for a comprehensive training on ‘Fair trials rights within the national and international legal framework and jurisprudence’.

The objective of this training is to ascertain that fair trial rights are reflected throughout the whole criminal justice chain in Rwanda (pre-trial, trial, and post-trial phase) and that there is a common understanding and application of these rights by all practitioners involved – i.e. investigators, defence lawyers, prosecutors, judges and correctional service officials. Topics that will be discussed include pre-trial detention, right to counsel, judicial independence, and rehabilitation.

CICJ fellows Barbora Hola and Marjolein Cupido will contribute to the training, together with leading practitioners, including Ms. Melinda Taylor (defence counsel at the ICC) and Professor Martin Kuijer (legal advisor of the Dutch Ministry of Justice on human rights issues).