High-Level Seminar for Fostering Cooperation with Francophone African States in Benin
Technical Event to Enhance Cooperation |
Cotonou | Benin | African States
This seminar brought together 24 high-level State officials from seven francophone African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Togo), in addition to Norway and the Netherlands, for closed discussions on key cooperation topics, including agreements and arrangements on witness relocation, developing and strengthening regional networks, identifying national focal points, capacity building in the justice sector, implementing legislation, as well as improved practices for communication between States Parties and the Court. The seminar was made possible thanks to organizational support from Benin, the Netherlands, and Norway, with funding from the European Commission, the Netherlands and Norway.
ICC technical events focus on enhancing cooperation at operational levels amongst senior legal officials and other experts in Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Justice, Ministries of Interior, as well as regional and international organisations, so as to allow the Court to carry out its mandate in an efficient and effective manner. In this regard, the Court’s technical events are specific in nature, focusing in particular on technical issues such as victim and witness protection, cooperation agreements, investigations, freezing of assets, arrest and surrender, enforcement of sentences, implementing legislation, ratification of the Rome Statute, strategies and policies, and the role of national experts in international criminal justice matters.