#KiaKaha

I received the devastating news about the terrorist attack in Christchurch whilst I was overseas, waking to headlines that I never expected to see from New Zealand. This appalling act has no place in a country that is the very definition of an open and democratic society. I am very proud of my kiwi links…

South Africa – E-Evidence Training

For the last three days I have been in Johannesburg for the UNODC/CTED/IAP/ComSec Meeting of Regional Cybercrime Focal Points and Central Authorities. This was an opportunity to present the UN/IAP Practical Guide for Requesting E-Evidence Across Borders and apply the tools in a real-time practical exercise. This participant led exercise tested the use of the…

Interpol Alerts – Post Brexit

The United Kingdom will rely more on Interpol Alerts if they leave the European Union without a deal, which a 2019 Study commissioned by the European Parliament found to be lacking in legal safeguards and accountability mechanisms. Interpol, the international police organization, is a necessary tool for trans-border police cooperation for terrorism and organized crime…

E-Evidence Training – Malaysia

As part of the UNODC, UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate and the International Association of Prosecutors, ‘Accessing Electronic Evidence Across Borders Project’, I attended Malaysia for a training workshop. Along with presentations from representatives from Facebook and Uber, I lectured on the CLOUD Act, the proposed EU Rules on E-Evidence and application of model forms for…

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…

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….