A description of the project for which we seek funding
The Capacity Building project is an all-year round continuous weekly expert panel discourse, short-term training programme, virtual online lectures and courses on International Criminal Law and procedure, lasting stipulated periods, at a time, for participants from all over the world. The programmes will be conducted by top university professors of law, legal experts, scholars, jurists, respected legal academics and specialist trial counsel, within the realm of international criminal law.
The project entails the purchase of real property, and state of the art technological broadcast equipment, to facilitate the establishment of the first ever, permanent Center for training in International Criminal Law. The cardinal goals being:
- capacity building by training workshops of political and administrative leaders, heads of state, investigators, private and state counsel, judiciary (judges, magistrates and other officials) so as to empower African states to own the international criminal justice process by effectively investigating and prosecuting international crimes within their national jurisdictions. This is against the background that majority of the cases and situations currently before the ICC have emanated from Africa; and
- to promote awareness and education among the key players in the role of international criminal justice system within the national jurisdiction, in collaboration with network and coalition of international civil society, to promote a stable peaceful world, promoting respect for international human rights, and the restoration of the rule of law in traumatized communities in the developing world, and the world as a whole.
Location of the project and description of the target population
The Center is located in the upmarket suburb of Beverley, Sandton, South Africa, with branches in the 5 continents.
Our capacity building project targets training officials in the following groups: Political and administrative leaders in government, heads of state, state investigators (i.e. police officers), private lawyers, state counsel, members of the judiciary (judges, magistrates, paralegal, etc), civil society activists, etc.
Support services in form of counseling, and material support targets: victims of heinous international crimes, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), widows, orphans, the youth and elderly persons, in traumatized communities in the developing nations, and the world in general.
Support and counsel for the protection of potential and actual witnesses and victims of such egregious international crimes.