The official closing ceremony of JRR’s 30th and 31st training courses on International Criminal Investigations and on Investigating Cases of Gender-Based Violence as International Crimes was held on Thursday, 20 August 2015, in Amman, Jordan.
The closing ceremony was opened by the honorable Judge Al Adwan, Director of the Judicial Institute of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Honorable Judge Ahmad Jamaliah, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, provided the keynote remarks, and Mr. Sadiq Syed, Head of the UN Women Country Office in Iraq, presented perspectives from the field. Participants were then thanked and the course was officially closed by Mr. Andras Vamos-Goldman, Executive Director of JRR and Mr. Gabriel Oosthuizen, Programme Director of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations.
H.E. Mr. Bruno Saccomani, Ambassador of Canada to Jordan; and H.E. Mr. Paul Van den Ijssel, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Jordan, as well as representatives from the General Command of the Jordanian / Arab Army of the Armed Forces and the of the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior and a number of ministries and representatives of international and local bodies were also in attendance.
The first training course, International Criminal Investigations, lasting 10 days from the 2nd to 12th of August 2015 and the second course, Investigating Cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as International Crimes, lasting 6 days from the 15th to the 20th August, were held in Amman, Jordan, at the kind invitation of the Judicial Institute of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The training courses are a collaboration of Justice Rapid Response (JRR), UN Women, and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI). They were made possible thanks to the generous contributions of the government of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg, as well as in-kind contributions from the Judicial Institute of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
These two international criminal investigations courses were tailored for experienced professionals, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and have a special focus on addressing conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence. Fifty highly qualified experts from all regions of the world participated in the two back-to-back training courses in Amman. The courses prepared these professionals for investigations involving multi-disciplinary, diverse investigative teams that would be deployed rapidly and that most likely would have to report within a short period of time. Successful course participants from the training course on International Criminal Investigations are eligible for certification on the JRR roster and successful participants from the course on Investigating Cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as International Crimes are also eligible for certification onto the JRR – UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster. All certified experts will become available to assist States, as well as the United Nations and other international institutions with the jurisdiction to carry out international criminal investigations.
The Investigating Cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as International Crimes course is the sixth JRR – UN Women course tailored specifically for the investigations of sexual and gender-based violence, with previous courses held in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2012 and in 2014; in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2013; in Doha, Qatar, also in 2013 and in Bogota, Colombia in 2014.
Further information about JRR, IICI, UN Women and the Judicial Institute of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan may be found on the following websites:
JRR – www.justicerapidresponse.org; IICI – www.iici.info; UN Women – www.unwomen.org;
JIJ – http://www.jij.gov.jo/