Strategic Planning

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…

Before Brexit…….

With Parliament focussed on Brexit – you may have missed the Conservative Chief Whip’s letter confirming the second reading of the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill on Monday 3 December 2018. The Bill applies to production of stored electronic data by an overseas service provider, once an International Agreement is in place between the U.K….

EuroMed Justice – Paris

“Qui n’avance pas, recule!” The Third CrimEx for EuroMed Justice IV was hosted by the French Ministry of Justice in Paris on 24-26 October. The purpose of the CrimEx was to hear presentations on the legal and gap analyses of laws, procedures and challenges to international cooperation in the Southern Partner Countries (SPCs) of Algeria,…

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….

It’s so important to say ….. አመሰግናለሁ āmeseginalehu

After completing my twentieth mission to the Greater Horn of Africa for the EU Law Enforcement Project – I have learnt it can be the smallest things that have the greatest impact. Communication and trust are vital in all walks of life and especially in international judicial cooperation. You can be the best lawyer –…

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….

Thin Edge of the Wedge

A minor change that begins a major development …… I was in Uganda this past week to review their Mutual Legal Assistance Fiches, Extradition Fiches, International Enquiries Manual and Extradition Guide – as part of a team of experts for the EU Law Enforcement Project in the Greater Horn of Africa. Moving forward, these tools…

Change of Environment

Illegal Mining Ghana is a country with a bountiful supply of minerals – the mining industry of Ghana accounted for 5.7% of the country’s GDP and generated an annual revenue of US$35 billion in 2014. This extraction of minerals comes with a significant environmental impact – predominantly from illegal small-scale miners – known as ‘galamseys’….

Mutual Legal Assistance – The Future

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. The paper outlines recommendations to reduce Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) delays – through better use of information communication technology and establishing stronger networks. Amongst other topics,…

Launch of iJust Europe

  Ahead of Romania taking the Presidency of the European Union in January 2019 we opened iJust Europe in Bucharest. We are excited to continue the collaboration with our European partners and extending our geographical reach.

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…

Tipping Point

With my Ethiopian friends in Uganda – በኡጋንዳ ከሚኖሩ ኢትዮጵያዊ ወዳጆቼ ጋር I have spent the last week in Uganda, working with twenty experts from the Greater Horn of Africa, to develop their international judicial cooperation skills. As well as preparing a roadmap for the future of the Greater Horn of Africa International Judicial Cooperation…

What We Do

iJust is a network of international justice consultants offering a range of services to enhance the rule of law around the world. The iJust team offer a range of expertise that includes legislative drafting, technical assistance to enhance the recovery of criminal assets, institutional capacity building, legal and gap analysis, advice to inter-governmental institutions and practical…

Publications

United Nations Global compendium for law enforcement, the judiciary and prosecutors to assist with requests to other States for electronic evidence and data from service providers in a joint project with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP): Practical…

Current Projects

UNODC  ‘Lawful Access to Digital Data (e-evidence) Across Borders’ Project Commonwealth Secretariat international electronic evidence consultant Council of Europe, CyberSouth Project International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, E-Evidence training in Cameroon EU funded Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Project (ARAP) in Ghana EU funded Regional Law Enforcement Project for the Greater…

San Francisco Service Provider Outreach

It was great to be back in San Francisco to meet Service Providers as part of the UN CTED/ UNODC and International Association of Prosecutors Global e-Evidence Project. The San Francisco outreach event provided a platform for the project to showcase how we can assist startups to respond to overseas requests for preservation, voluntary disclosure…

EuroMed Conference on Digital Evidence

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…

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…