Journey’s End….

After 20 days on the road, through six countries and with almost 20,000 miles covered, it was a joy to end my journey in Dresden – the “Florence of the Elbe” From the opulent Baroque style Zwinger, dubbed one of the greatest “complete works of art” ever created, to the Frauenkirche church, all but destroyed…

Extradition Workshop – Uganda

The EU Regional Law Enforcement Project in the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen returned to Uganda for the third round of international co-operation workshops – this time on extradition. In 2010, 74 people were killed and 71 others injured, whilst they watched the World Cup final in Kampala, in a terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab….

Strategic Planning – Ghana

For the last week I have been working with the DPP of Ghana, Chief State Attorneys, Principal State Attorneys and Judicial Police Officers, to draft a Strategy to Professionalize Police Prosecutors. Being “strategic” is a word often used – but how is a successful strategy planned? Richard Rumelt – one of the leading thinkers on…

First EuroMed Conference on Digital Evidence – Lisbon

The First EuroMed Conference for Digital Evidence was hosted in Lisbon, Portugal 23-25 April 2018. The meeting was timely with the passing into law of the U.S. Cloud Act and the EU Commission proposals for European Production and Preservation Orders. Since the Arab Spring use of social media platforms has significantly increased in the Southern…

Policy Advantage

It’s an age old problem – have a policy but it isn’t used. The 2016 Ghana Code for Prosecutors sets out the evidence on which a decision is taken to prosecute must be reliable, relevant, admissible and available (‘Evidence Test’) and in the public interest ( ‘Public Interest Test’). Application of the Evidence and Public…

International Cooperation Working Group – Romania

For the last three days I have co-chaired a working group of Romanian, German, Belgian and Italian Prosecutors as part of a project to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Romanian DIICOT (Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism). The focus has been judicial cooperation in the EU and the development of a practical Handbook…

Extradition Expert Working Group – Kenya

I was honoured to chair an EU funded Expert Working Group (EWG) to enhance extradition in the Greater Horn of Africa. The EWG, hosted in the stunning surrounds of the International Peace Support Training Centre, discussed the impact of procedural errors, how to manage urgent requests and sustainable reform to meet these and other challenges…

EuroMed Justice – Brussels

The Second EuroMed Conference was an opportunity to present and receive comments on the completed Legal and Gap Analyses on Cybercrime, Terrorist Financing and Special Investigation Techniques for the Southern Partner Countries (SPC) – Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. With each SPC, the European Commission, UNODC, IAP, UN-CTED, Eurojust and EJN…

The Future of Mutual Legal Assistance in the Commonwealth

I was honoured to present a background paper for the Commonwealth Secretariat at the First Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Central Authorities and the Commonwealth Network of Contact Persons – held in London on 15-16 February 2018. The paper outlines recommendations to reduce Mutual Legal Assistance delays – through better use of Information Communication Technology…

Lawful Access to Data Across Borders – UNODC/CTED/IAP Global Guide

Almost all organised crime and counter-terrorism investigations will require electronic evidence – often located in another State. Yet – to date – there is no single resource on how to secure this vital evidence from priority jurisdictions around the world. Over the last two days – UNODC hosted an Expert Group Meeting in Vienna to…

Networking in the Greater Horn of Africa

In a conference room in Uganda six months ago, the EU team contemplated the next step to establish the Greater Horn of Africa Mutual Legal Assistance Network. We decided upon an ambitious strategy to have an equivalent of the European Judicial Network – with a Fiches and Contact Points. To be proactive rather than reactive….