National authorities are represented in the Genocide Network through national contact points designated by each Member State of the European Union. These are prosecutors, investigators and mutual legal assistance authorities who deal with the investigation and prosecution of core international crimes at national level. Together, these practitioners provide the Genocide Network with an active and flexible structure.
In addition to national authorities from Member States of the European Union and their counterparts from Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America (Observer States), the Genocide Network also liaises closely with representatives of the European Commission, Eurojust, Europol, the ICC and ad hoc international criminal tribunals, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Interpol and civil society organisations.
Specialised War Crimes Units
Nine of the Member States of the European Union and all four of the Network Observer States have established War Crimes Units within their police and/or prosecution services, and several also have specialised units within their immigration or mutual legal assistance departments. Some other Member States of the European Union have specialised staff who work on the investigation and prosecution of international crimes, albeit not within a dedicated war crimes unit. In addition, some States have semi-specialised staff who, while not working solely on international crimes, nonetheless possess specialised knowledge.