The investigation and prosecution of core international crimes are legally and evidentially complex, often involving multiple jurisdictions; obtaining evidence, and identifying and accessing victims and witnesses, can be difficult. Prosecuting suspected perpetrators of core international crimes also requires a broad understanding of many additional fields of expertise in addition to the applicable legal framework.
Many Member States still experience difficulties due to a lack of practitioners with specialised expertise in core international crimes. Specialised training for persons dealing with the investigation and prosecution of core international crimes is therefore essential.
For these reasons, 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. Several partners, such as the European Judicial Training Network and the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training, have already been identified as possible contributors to 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: