Monday, 17 May 2010 03:00

Iraqi lawyers Familiarize with International Criminal Justice

Erbil, 17 May 2010 – The Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) jointly with British based NGO Aegis Trust successfully conducted a specialized training on international criminal law and fair trial principles in Erbil, from 9 to 13 May. The training aimed at developing a broad and deeper understanding of what qualifies as international crimes along with the procedural and the evidence-based aspects of international criminal justice and the principles of a fair trial.


The eight Iraqi criminal lawyers who benefited from the training focused particularly on the principles of international humanitarian law, enforcement of international criminal law, the elements of core international crimes, standards of fair trial and guidelines for monitoring criminal trials.  

A senior trial judge of the Iraqi High Tribunal and the Head Prosecutor of the Halabja case were invited to share with the trainees experiences and challenges they faced at the various stages of cases they handled.   

The Iraqi lawyers viewed this as an excellent opportunity for their exposure to international law and human rights. “This training gave us the opportunity to learn and hear of experiences from other tribunals on accountability for serious crimes”, said a woman participant. 

The first of its kind, both UNAMI Human Rights Office and Aegis Trust plan to hold similar training in other parts of the country.

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