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2011

05.12.2011 - EUJUST LEX-Iraq hosts the Rule of Law International policy Committee

Lasz Laszlo Huszar EUJUST LEX – Iraq Head of Mission chairing RIPC meeting

The European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq, EUJUST LEX – Iraq, hosted and chaired on December 4th the monthly Rule of Law International Policy Committee, RIPC meeting aiming to coordinate Iraqi and International Rule of Law Policies.

The representative of the Deputy Prime Minister Office and secretary general of the Iraqi Partnership Committee Dr. Hadi H. Ali pointed out “the importance of a coordinated work between RIPCI and Iraq Partnership Committee in order to provide the Iraqi Government with a shared and more coordinated policy for Rule of Law”.

The EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission, Mr Laszlo Huszar, underlined “how much the prospects of a more effective action in the establishment of Rule of Law in Iraq are depending on the ability to formulate a strategic framework with the Government of Iraq” when addressing the attendants.

The meeting, which takes place on monthly basis, was attended by representatives of Iraqi authorities, international community and civil society.


28.11.2011 - Best Practices on Anticorruption

Anti-Corruption course organizers

The European Union Integrated Rule of Law for Iraq and the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council have organized first time in Baghdad, Iraq, two courses on “Investigation of petty corruption and minor financial crimes”.

All thirty-six attendants from the Commission of Integrity, the Ministry of Interior Office of the Inspector General and Judicial Investigators from various Courts in Baghdad, had the possibility to learn new approaches on financial crime investigations and exchange best practices on anti-corruption. Law enforcement and judiciary officers had an opportunity to interact and reflect about their daily activities Trough lecturing sessions, practical exercises and debates a better inter-institutional cooperation was promoted.

Judge Mr Abdulsatar Alberqdar, Spokesman of the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council, considers  “the two trainings have been an innovation in terms of practical focus and training techniques. It is important to highlight the interaction between trainers and trainees.”

EUJUST LEX – Iraq has planned to follow up these training activities and will organize a follow up course on “Investigation of high level corruption.” in 2012.


27.11.2011 - Crime Scene management Course

Course participants receiving their certificates

Between 27.11 and 1.12, EUJUST LEX- Iraq  and the French Embassy organized and implemented a one-week training in the Training and Qualification Institute of the Minister of Interior (TQI). TQI has very recently set up a Federal Investigation Training Centre in which the Iraqi Police intends to train all its investigators in modern investigation techniques. This EUJUST LEX – Iraq  course inaugurated this new Centre. The course topic was the post blast Crime Scene Management. The activity was conducted by two experts from the French Gendarmerie Nationale, in charge of explosive and ballistic units in the Gendarmerie Criminal Research Institute (IRCGN).

The Iraqi audience was composed of 19 police officers and sergeants, all specialists in forensics. They were told about protocol and techniques used in France to isolate a crime scene, collect and exploit the clues found in it, and the importance of the material evidence for the validation of the investigation.  The closing ceremony took place with the participation of the Deputy Head of TQI and the First Councillor of the French embassy; at this occasion the parties have expressed their wishes to duplicate this action in 2012 and organized additional ones on different topics related to investigation techniques and police work.


24.10.2011 - Inauguration Ceremony of Sulaimaniya Adults Prison

Invited by the Kurdish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA), responsible for the Kurdistan Region Government prisons, the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq (EUJUST LEX – Iraq) penitentiary expert Johan Molinder participates in the inauguration ceremony of the new Sulaimaniya Adults Prison on 20 October 2011. The ceremony started at 10am with a brief about the project given by the senior Minister of Labour and Social Affairs engineer. After the brief the host said: “Ladies and gentlemen, it is blasphemous to be here, to inaugurate a prison, to talk about prison rehabilitation without mentioning the role of EUJUST LEX – Iraq building up the prison staff for this new prison”. Immediately after, he invited Mr. Johan Molinder, from Sweden to address the public.

After the EUJUST LEX – Iraq Rule of Law expert speech, Kurdistan Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Ms. Asos Najeeb Abdulla started her speech saying: “A new facility does not make any sense if the staffs are not qualified enough to fulfil the rehabilitation process according to the international standards, we are grateful that EUJUST LEX – Iraq has been very professionally filling this very big gap for us. We are the only body who knows how much efforts EUJUST LEX – Iraq has taken for a better rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners, that is why we were no able to make today without their help and support”. The Minister continued: “ladies and gentlemen we have a lot more to do for our people beside this project; our next project is together with EUJUST LEX – Iraq Mission to open a center for rehabilitation of drug abusers”.

With a 42 and a half million USD budget, the prison would be ready in 20 months. New Sulaimaniya Adults Prison will have capacity for 1200 inmates and it will have all requested facilities for a modern prison.

EUJUST LEX – Iraq has been working closely with the Kurdish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, up until now EUJUST LEX – Iraq has trained 1681 prison staff members. Out of them 1235 have been trained in Iraq it and the others in different Member States. From this number 788 prison staff are from the Kurdistan-region. Upon Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs request two Dutch visiting experts from the Dutch prison service conducted a preparatory advising mission in September. In a report already handle to the Minister; the experts concluded the Kurdistan Region needs to improve the quality and quantity of the electronic measures, among them: closed Circuit TV systems, electronic detection cables and surveillance equipment, in the existing Kurdish prisons in Erbil, Dohuk and Sulymaniyah.

In most European Union prisons, part of the outer perimeter protection against escapes from inmates consists of electronic detection equipment designed to alert prison guards in the early stages of escape attempts. The same equipment also serves to guard against unwanted entry of people trying to assist in these possible escapes. As modern equipment is used efficiently, more staff can be assigned to other duties, more directly related to the rehabilitation of inmates


04.10.2011 - EUJUST LEX – Iraq and Higher Judicial Council organise a Pre – Trial Symposium

View of the Symposium

The European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq and the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council held the First Symposium on Pre-Trial Detention Aspects of Criminal Law. 

The Symposium was aimed at a comparative analysis of the Iraqi Criminal Procedure System with some EU civil law countries’ criminal procedure codes. 

The event was chaired by the Chief Justice, H.E. Medhat Al-Mahmoud, who pointed out “the relevance for the safeguard of fundamental rights of a criminal procedure strictly adhering to the principle of presumption of innocence till the last stage of the trial”. In this framework the detention has to be meant not as an ordinary remedy but as an exception tool. The EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission, Mr Carl Tornell, underlined “his satisfaction of the prospects of further support to the development of Iraqi criminal procedure” in interviews with Iraqi television.

Around 100 Iraqi and international legal practitioners as well as representatives of the Iraqi relevant institutions animated the lecturing sessions and the successive debate. 

The design of a joint Iraq and international road map for a possible legislative reform process of the Iraqi criminal procedure code came up as a final recommendation of the Symposium.


03.10.2011 - Pre- Trial Detention Symposium

The European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq and the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council held the First Symposium on Pre-Trial Detention Aspects of Criminal Law.

The Symposium was aimed at a comparative analysis of the Iraqi Criminal Procedure System with some EU civil law countries’ criminal procedure codes.

The event was chaired by the Chief Justice, H.E. Medhat Al-Mahmoud, who pointed out “the relevance for the safeguard of fundamental rights of a criminal procedure strictly adhering to the principle of presumption of innocence till the last stage of the trial”. In this framework the detention has to be meant not as an ordinary remedy but as an exception tool.

A team of four European judges headed by the former Italian Chief Justice, Mr Giuseppe di Gennaro, drew the attention of the audience “on the value of the criminal procedure for a stable development of a society in which Rule of Law plays a founding role”.

The EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission, Mr Carl Tornell, underlined “his satisfaction of the prospects of further support to the development of Iraqi criminal procedure” in interviews with Iraqi television.

Around 100 Iraqi and international legal practitioners as well as representatives of the Iraqi relevant institutions animated the lecturing sessions and the successive debate.

The design of a joint Iraq and international road map for a possible legislative reform process of the Iraqi criminal procedure code came up as a final recommendation of the Symposium.


02.10.2011 - Combating the Recruitment of Terrorists within Prisons

The two visiting experts during their lectures

The course was conducted in Erbil by two Penitentiary experts from Holland and Czech Rep and took place from 02-05 October.

A presentation on the Human Rights issues gave few new insights, without exception all participants adhered to the upholding of International Minimum Standards even to the most hardened terrorist inmates.

A total of nine participants received certification. All of them were extremely happy with the knowledge they got from the course.


26.09.2011 - Advance Course in Consequence Pedagogic

Course participant in Erbil

This course was the first basic course in Consequence Pedagogic offered in Arabic. The course was planned for 25 participants, but eventually, and due the interest on the topic 32 attended the course held at Susi Federal prison.

The lectures were given by EUJUST LEX  - Iraq expert on penitentiary Sonja Kurtén-Vartio from Erbil office.

The purpose of the course is to give an idea what is meant with the Consequence Pedagogical learning and working method and to make visible the differences between this learning and working methods and methods that have been used earlier in prison environment.

A team of four European judges headed by the former Italian Chief Justice, Mr Giuseppe di Gennaro, drew the attention of the audience “on the value of the criminal procedure for a stable development of a society in which Rule of Law plays a founding role”.

The EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission, Mr Carl Tornell, underlined “his satisfaction of the prospects of further support to the development of Iraqi criminal procedure” in interviews with Iraqi television.

Around 100 Iraqi and international legal practitioners as well as representatives of the Iraqi relevant institutions animated the lecturing sessions and the successive debate.

The design of a joint Iraq and international road map for a possible legislative reform process of the Iraqi criminal procedure code came up as a final recommendation of the Symposium.


25.09.2011 - Counter terrorism and Radicalization in Prisons

Twelve senior members of the Iraqi Correctional Services attended last EUJUST LEX – Iraq training in radicalization in prisons held in Baghdad. The course directed by Mission Rule of Law Penitentiary expert and two European visiting experts, aimed to teach participants how to handle radicalized inmates. The training covered different aspects of such an important issue in Iraq as: how to recognise a terrorist suspect, or the staff and facility requirements to be able to handle radical inmates. Discussions about EU best practices on the efforts to rehabilitate convicted terrorists were followed with extraordinary interest.

A session was devoted to analyze on the current imminent problems facing the Iraqi Prison Service on the terrorist issue with external interference from political parties and dead threats to staff being the most difficult ones to tackle.

18.09.2011 - Advisory mission to Kurdistan Region prisons

Rule of Law experts assessing the camera needs in the Erbil female and juvenile prison

During 18-25 September two Dutch visiting experts from the Dutch prison service have been conducting a preparatory advising mission to the Kurdish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA), responsible for the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) prisons.

Upon MoLSA request the two Dutch experts conducted a fact finding mission on the Kurdistan Region needs to improve the quality and quantity of the electronic measures, among them: closed Circuit TV systems, electronic detection cables and surveillance equipment, in the existing Kurdish prisons in Erbil, Dohuk and Sulymaniyah. With all necessary information gathered from meetings and prisons visits, the European experts will produce an advice to the MoLSA Director General of prisons to prioritize the installation of said equipment and the required training for the staff operating these detection tools.

A detailed plan on the optimal use of camera's has already been handed to the Kurdish Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.


21.08.2011 - Interview of Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights with Al Hura TV Channel

Dr. Ibtehal Al-Zaidy (female), Minister of State Ministry of Woman Rights

In an interview in Al Hura TV  Channel Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights stated:

“EJL- I was the first organizing a course in Domestic Violence in Iraq”


20.06.2011 - International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters

Course session

The course organised by EUJUST LEX-Iraq in Basra is considered as an introduction to the possibilities offered by international judicial cooperation instruments set out in some international conventions, mainly UN Convention on Trans-national Organised Crimes and the UN Convention on Corruption, to which Iraq is party.  The use of these instruments depends very much on an adequate reception of them at the Iraqi national legislation as well as on their knowledge by the Iraqi judiciary and the law enforcement agencies. In this way, the course aims to spread awareness of these tools among the relevant actors.  Two French visiting experts, one judge and one prosecutor lectured in the course.

From July 2011 till June 2012, EUJUST LEX – Iraq has planned to support this training course with a mentoring component aimed at advicing the concerned Iraqi authorities on legislation reform in the area of international judicial cooperation.


16.06.2011 - Planning Seminar at Brussels

Several MS representatives attended the Planning Seminar

The Member States Training Planning Seminar held in Brussels aimed for the Mission to present an update on the Iraqi training needs for the different branches of the Iraqi criminal justice system, based on a prepared list of programs, projects and activities for the period of July 2011 to June 2012 derived from close consultations with EUJUST LEX - Iraq, local and international counterparts; and how the Mission intends to address those needs.

For Member States the Planning Seminars serves to provide details of possible contributions to support Mission activities for July 2011 to June 2012. This implies in particular the specifics of course types or Work Experience Secondments, and whether MS can contribute to Mission activities in Iraq by deploying Visiting Experts.

14.06.2011 - European Union Day in Iraq

The EU Delegation and EUJUST LEX-Iraq, with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized the 1st European Union Day in country at the Ministry  of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad.

At the event, which was attended by a large high level representation from the Iraqi Government, Iraqi Civil Society and Diplomatic Corp The Head of Mission of EUJUST LEX-Iraq, Mr. Francisco Diaz Alcantud, note that 'the EU strongly supports an Iraq that is committed to guaranty equal rights for all Iraqis and upholding the Rule of Law.

We are looking forward to deepening our cooperation with our Iraqi counterparts in the judiciary, the police and the penitentiary sectors. The presence of our Mission here is an excellent example of the EU's commitment to Iraq.'All the other speakers emphasized the importance of strengthening Iraq's relationship with the European Union.

They also underlined the importance of the EU continuing to provide support to actions aimed at the restoration of security, democracy and rule of law in Iraq, taking Iraqi ownership fully into account.


05.06.2011 - Tactical Investigation Course

Certificates given to participants

The two week course held at the British Consulate in Basra aimed to train the police investigators in interview techniques and make them aware of the importance of physical evidences and confession only as well as professional ethics.

The theoretical lectures were followed by practical exercises, role play for them use those techniques. One day was also dedicated to a lecture by an Iraqi specialist on forensics from the Basra Police laboratory who had attended a previous Mission course. Another topic of the training was the relation between police investigator and investigative judge. This is the third Tactical Investigation Course organised by EUJUST LEX – Iraq in Basra.


02.06.2011 - Train the Trainers Course

Train of trainers: learning by doing

Thirteen police officers and one investigative judge participated in the EUJUST-LEX – Iraq “Train the trainer course” held in Basra. The course can be considered a success and an example of integration, for the first time an Iraqi judge participated in a EUJUST LEX – Iraq training program designed for police officers in Basra.

As an example the lessons given by Iraqi investigative judges about “how to present a criminal case to the court” is always one of the highlights in the “tactical investigation training course”. The EUJUST LEX – Iraq initiative increases the cooperation between the police and the judiciary in Basra.


01.06.2011 - Evaluation Workshop in Baghdad

Discussion in how to improve training courses

Three Evaluation Workshops have been conducted in Baghdad during the month of June. Two of them for Police alumni at Baghdad Police College, and one for Judiciaryold pupils, at the Judicial Development Institute.

The aim of these workshops is to collect information in order to assess EUJUST LEX –Iraq training impact and to identify further training needs. Most of the Police participants already attended a “Managing Murder Investigations’ course in Germany. Alumni were satisfied with the course curricula; highlighting  what they learned about international human rights standards to treat suspects and European best practice while organizing the police work.

The Head of External Training Department at Baghdad Police College did open the Police Workshops stating that the evaluation is very important both to Minister of Interior and to EUJUST LEX -Iraq. He congratulated the Mission for this initiative and encourages the participants to give their feedback on EUJUST LEX – Iraq training.


25.05.2011 - Combating terrorism in prisons

Lecture provided by visiting experts

EUJUST LEX - Iraq held a 4 day penitentiary course on 'Combating terrorism in prisons' in Baghdad for 25 Iraqi Correctional Service staff. Two visiting experts from the Netherlands and the Czech Republic assisted in delivering lectures on the Iraqi anti-terrorism law, recognition of radicalised inmates, treatment of terrorist detainees and convicts in relation to international minimum prison standards and de-radicalisation programmes to prison wardens, heads of security and senior social workers. The Deputy Head of Mission Carl Tornell and the Iraqi Correctional Service (ICS) Deputy addressed the course participants during the closing ceremony on Wednesday 25th. Four similar courses will be held in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra in the coming months.


24.05.2011 - Meeting with Swedish authorities

Meeting with Swedish authorities at the EUJUST LEX – Iraq office in Baghdad

The Head of EUJUST LEX - Iraq, Francisco Díaz Alcantud, and the Deputy Head of mission, Carl Tornell, met with the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Robert Rydberg, and the Swedish Ambassador to Iraq, Carl Magnus Nesser. Ambassador Rydberg discussed with the Head of mission about the current status, the future and the needs of the Iraqi criminal justice system.


17.05.2011 - Erbil Judiciary meeting

Judicial discussions in progress

EUJUST LEX – Iraq Erbil Office host a meeting with the major players from the Judiciary in the Kurdistan Region Government to discuss proposals for EUJUST LEX - Iraq to provide possible support to the future.


07.05.2011 - EUJUST LEX - Iraq participates in the EU Open Day

Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council visiting EUJUST LEX – Iraq stand

As every year, EUJUST LEX – Iraq participated in the Open Day event of the EU institutions in Brussels. This day offers the perfect opportunity to come in contact with thousands of visitors and to inform them about mission’s activities.


01.05.2011 - Educational system in prisons

Course lecture ongoing

In May, a Dutch visiting expert gave training on how to develop educational system in prisons. This was a follow-up to the training in August 2010 and forms part of the mission’s programme on rehabilitation of juveniles in prisons.


24.04.2011 - Tactical investigation

The "Tactical investigation" course participants and trainers

For the first time since EUJUST LEX - Iraq provides in country trainings for police, an Iraqi police officer contributed to a EUJUST LEX - Iraq “Tactical investigation training course” in Basra as a guest trainer. Inviting Iraqi police trainers to act as trainers for Iraqi police officers in EUJUST LEX - Iraq training courses builds capacity and increases sustainability. The Iraqi Lieutenant lecturing atttended the mission’s “Tactical investigation training” and “Train the Trainer”  courses as a participant earlier this year.

The “Tactical investigation training course” was held in the contingency operating base in Basra. The nine participants in the course work as Police officers in Basra district, at the Police Academy and at the Police College. Two participants work as Juridical Investigators in the Palace of Justice, Basra.

17.04.2011 - Social researchers in prisons

A student receiving her certificate.

In April two 'Social researches in prisons' training courses took place in penal institutions in Kurdistan. The courses were aimed at effective issues of rehabilitation methodologies of juvenile and female offenders. Both courses were attended by staff members of the juvenile and female units of penal institutions in Erbil and Sulaimaniyya.

In an earlier stage, in the summer of 2010, a number of students had already attended a training in which these issues were introduced. Now the training was focused on the implementation in penal practice. In Erbil the training group mainly consisted of social researchers, in Sulaimaniyya the group was more heterogeneous: some social researchers as well as a number of care takers and guards. The attendees in both training courses were enthusiastic and eager to learn.

At the end of the course, certificates were presented to the participants by the Director General of Social Reformatory of the Kurdish Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Najmaddin Ahmed and the Head of the EUJUST LEX mission in Erbil, Mr. Tomas Seven.

30.03.2011 - EUJUST LEX–Iraq in charge of the Rule of Law International Policy Committee (RIPC) Secretariat

Rule of Law International Policy Committee monthly meeting in Baghdad

As the international community moves forward with several rule of law initiatives in Iraq, the Rule of Law International Policy Committee (RIPC), is holding monthly meetings in Baghdad with the participation of representatives of 14 countries, EUJUST LEX-Iraq, the United Nations, and the World Bank.

Mr. Carl Tornell EUJUST LEX–Iraq Deputy Head of Mission has been in charge of the RIPC Secretariat since November 2010. Mr. Tornell stressed the increasing activities of the working groups associated with the RIPC as “It is particularly promising that Iraqis are involved in some of the institutions as it goes”.

Last RIPC meeting took place on 30 March 2011 allowing for a review of three of its working groups dealing with: trafficking in persons and juvenile justice; international judicial cooperation; and rule of law and judiciary reform/legislation and parliamentary oversight.


28.03.2011 - US Flag presented to EUJUST LEX-Iraq

Col Charles Huguelet presenting US flag to Head of Mission

In a ceremony held at EUJUST LEX–Iraq Headquarters in Baghdad, the flag of the United States of America was presented by the Law & Order Task Force ITAM/LAOTF to Head of Mission in appreciation for EUJUST LEX–Iraq support of the United States military.


28.03.2011 - Head of Mission meeting with Iraqi Minister of Justice

Francisco Diaz Alcantud with Iraqi Minister of Justice

On March 28, EUJUST LEX-Iraq Head of Mission held an introductory meeting with the newly appointed Minister of Justice Mr. Hassan Al Shammari. Francisco Diaz Alcantud briefed the Minister about EUJUST LEX-Iraq activities, in particular on the move of Mission to Iraq and implications for training and other activities.

The Minister of Justice welcomed the move in-country. Head of Mission explained that only certain trainings should continue in EU due to specific needs such as equipment or generally for Iraqis to see European systems in action.

The Minister of Justice provided input on their needs. Some fields mentioned include training for guards who work in high-security environment, prisoner registration and computer based systems and prison management.

20.03.2011 - Kurdish New Year Newroz

EUJUST LEX-Iraq RoL expert with KRG President Masoud Barzani and Foreign Relations Minister Falah Bakir
The Kurdistan Regional Government in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Relations organized the celebration of their New Year, Newroz inviting diplomatic missions and other international organizations and agencies to visit the city of Erbil. Miguel Casan Llopis EUJUST LEX–Iraq Rule of Law expert attended the celebrations.
The Newroz is celebrated on the day of the spring equinox, which occurs on March 21, representing hope, unity and renewal. The large fires that Kurds light at their New Year‘s Eve celebrations symbolize the triumph of good over evil and freedom from oppression. In February 2010, the UN recognized NEWROZ, as an international holiday, celebrated by over 300 million people in Iraq, Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin and the Caucasus.

15.03.2011 - Head of Mission visit to Basra

Course participant receiving his certificate

During his second visit to Basra, Francisco Diaz Alcantud attended the closing ceremony of the  Train-the-trainers course at the COB Basra.  Thirteen students received their certificates. Guests of honor were the UK Deputy Consul General  Jonathan Knight, the Dean of the Basra Police College General Hamid and the Dean of the Basra Police Academy Brigadier Sabha. The international military forces were represented by Richard Osborn for the UK and Lt. Gen. Gordy for the US Forces.

Francisco Diaz Alcantud also held a meeting with President of Basra Federal Appellate Court Judge Hikmat Adil Hasan.   HoM provided a general introduction of the Mission, explaining its migration process of staff to Iraq and the central importance given to responding to Iraqi needs in the new phase of EUJUST LEX–Iraq increased presence in Iraq.


13.03.2011 - Protocolary visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Francisco Diaz Alcantud and Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs

Francisco Diaz Alcantud informed Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.  Hoshyar Zebariabout his permanent deployment to Iraq and the new Mission structure in country. Minister Zebari thanked all the efforts undertaken to increase the Mission’s presence in Iraq, and stated that Eujust Lex - Iraq is a “visible demonstration of the EU’s commitment to building democracy in Iraq”.

Mr. Zebari acknowledged that Iraq “needs to do a better job in the respect and protection of human rights”, and expressed that in such context “what the EU does to improve standards is very healthy for Iraq”.

Website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Iraq


08.03.2011 - International Women’s Day – 100th celebration

International Women’s Day panel discussion

On the occasion of the 100th year of celebrating International Women’s Day, hosted jointly by the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq (EUJUST LEX-Iraq), the Government of Iraq, and the United Nations, all keynote speakers spoke on the importance of educating girls as the corner stone of development in any country, especially in a post conflict country like Iraq.

The event brought together a total of 150 participants, mainly representatives of the Iraqi Government and civil society. Mr. Francisco Diaz Alcantud, EUJUST LEX–Iraq Head of Mission, spoke of education as a way to achieve equal partnerships between men and women.

Mr. Ad Melkert, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) to Iraq, noted that the 100th celebration coincides with the first year of existence for UN-Women. Following the key note address, the event convened a panel discussion featuring representatives from the Iraqi civil society, academia, youth leaders, and the State Ministry for Women’s Affairs.


07.03.2011 - Evaluation Workshops

Evaluation officers with workshop participants

EUJUST LEX – Iraq Evaluation Officer organised two Evaluation Workshops, one in Erbil on 7 March and other in Soran on 8 March for police officers that had participated the EUJUST LEX-Iraq Domestic Violence course in October 2010. The Evaluation Workshops focussed on the relevance and the applicability of EUJUST LEX-Iraq training and on assessing further training needs.

The Mission received structured feedback from the alumni who considered their training most relevant. Learning about European best practices was helping the alumni to revise their working methodology especially in regard the treatment of Domestic Violence victims. The Workshops were organised in the working place which gave an added value to the feedback.


06.03.2011 - HoM meeting with European representatives in Baghdad

Francisco Diaz Alcantud with EU MS representatives.

Following Head of Mission’s permanent deployment to Iraq the mission organized a meeting with EU MS representatives aiming to brief them on recent developments and EUJUST LEX–Iraq activities.

After HoM’s presentation, the Member States representatives had the possibility to inquire about specific issues and exchange views about the Mission’s latest developments and future plans.

In parallel to this meeting, HoM has started a round of bilateral meetings with EU MS representatives.


03.03.2011 - Visit to Al-Rusafa Female Prison

Aiming to study the living conditions of inmates, a visit to Rusafa prison was organized by EUJUST LEX–Iraq Baghdad Field Office.  During the past month and a half, mission staff  have been collecting toys and toiletries to be donated to the  imprisoned mothers and their children.

Currently there are 365 inmates at the prison – 212 of them awaiting trial. The crimes are various: terrorism, prostitution, theft, kidnapping, fraud and murder. The Children are allowed to stay with their mother until they reach the age of 3 years. After this they will be sent to a family member or to orphanages. The oldest child at the prison is 9 years of age, due to a lack of orphanages in general at the moment.


24.02.2011 - Training on different methods to convict criminals

Suspect interviewing – practical training

Thirteen  police investigators attended the first EUJUST-LEX - Iraq ‘’Tactical investigation training course“ in Basra, South Iraq. The ten day course is seen as a success for the cooperation between the Basra police service and the EU mission. A Basra based forensic expert and two investigative judges from the Basra Justice Palace contributed with their lectures.

One goal of the course is to change an investigation and judicial system currently using solely confessions to convict suspects. In the course the participants learned in a very practical way to put evidences in logical order and use them for interviewing the suspects. Witness interviews were also practised.
An important impact on the acceptance of the training is the Iraqi involvement. The participants highly appreciated the lessons conducted by Iraqi trainers. In these lessons the link to their daily work was well received.
“I will teach my colleagues what I have learned in the course”, stated most of the participants in the evaluation forms handed out at the end of the training. That spirit will help to raise the investigation practise in Basra to an internationally recognised standard. More tactical investigation courses will be held throughout the year. They become a keystone in the efforts for a change to the improvement of Iraqi police investigation practises.

24.02.2011 - Combating Terrorism in Prisons

Putting forward Iraqi experiences during the debates

On behalf of the Kurdistan Region Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs a seminar was held on Combating Terrorism in Prisons. This event was attended by representatives from the three adult prisons run by Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs and senior staff from the Minister headquarters, all together 13 participants.

The aim of the seminar was to gain an understanding of the current situation of the activities linked with the recruitment of prisoners into radical organizations inside prisons at Sulaymaniyah, Dohuk and Erbil adult facilities as well as to describe what methods and procedures are currently used to deter or stop such activities taking place. Another aim of the seminar was to identify future training needs to support existing programmes.

16.02.2011 - Consequence Pedagogic

Training organizer and students
The Mission organised training for prison staff in the adult prison in Erbil on the topic ‘Consequence Pedagogic’. The event took place on 16-17 February and was attended by 31 prison officials.

15.02.2011 - First Meeting of the Committee on Pre-Trial Detention

The first meeting of the Committee on Pre-Trial Detention, comprised of representatives of the Ministries of Justice and of the Interior in Baghdad on one side and experts of the European Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq (EUJUST LEX - Iraq) on the other, was held between 14 and 17 February 2011.

The members of the Committee discussed overcrowding of detention facilities with pre-trail detainees and compared the Iraqi administration of pre-trail detention with that of European systems.

At the conclusion of four days of open and productive discussions the Committee agreed to continue discussions in further meetings to explore possible measures of the Government of Iraq in addressing the overcrowding problem in pre-trial detention facilities.

The members of the Committee are confident that recommendations will provide assistance to the Government of Iraq in its efforts fully to realise best practices and achieve international standards in the pre-trial detention system.


13.02.2011 - Training different methods to convict criminals

Iraqi forensic trainer explained his daily work

Thirteen  police investigators have successfully attended the first EUJUST-LEX- Iraq, “Tactical Investigation Training Course“. The ten days course is seen as a success for the cooperation between the Basra police service and the EU mission. A Basra based forensics expert and two investigation judges from the Basra Justice Palace contributed with their lectures to the success of the course.

One goal of the course is to change an investigation and judicial system using solely confessions to convict suspects. In the course the participants learned in a very practical way to put evidences in logical order and use them for interviewing of suspects. Witness interviews were also practised.

A huge impact on the acceptance of the training is the Iraqi involvement. The participants highly appreciated the lessons conducted by Iraqi trainers. In these lessons the link to their daily work was very well received.


10.02.2011 - Evaluation Workshop

Evaluation Officer presentation

The Mission organised a workshop in Brussels on evaluation of EUJUST LEX-Iraq courses and activities. Several course organisers from different EU MS participated in the event together with Mission staff in order to exchange lessons learned and new ideas concerning measuring participant’s performance, standardising course evaluation and ways to link evaluation with the alumni follow-up.


2010

16.12.2010 - Seminar on Iraqi Criminal Procedure and Best Practices in Erbil

On 16 and 17 December 2010, EUJUST LEX – Iraq conducted a seminar for Kurdish judges, prosecutors and judicial investigators under the heading “Iraqi Criminal Procedure – its Compliance with International Obligations and Standards”. Altogether 17 Kurdish justice officials participated, among them the Deputy Head of the Kurdish Judicial Council and the Prosecutor General who both acted as guest speakers describing the situation and challenges of the justice system in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Mission experts gave lectures on main international obligations on criminal procedure and conducted a number of practical case studies on rules of evidence and the duty of impartiality of trial judges. The case studies gave the Kurdish participants the opportunity to describe how they, as judges or prosecutors, would react in such situations thereby also providing a critical analysis of the capacity of the judiciary in the Kurdish Region. During the seminar, the participants stated that they wished to learn more about European judicial practices.


16.12.2010 - Iraq at the University

EUJUST LEX – Iraq Judiciary Expert lecturing at Bologna University
On 16 December, Valerie Wahl, EUJUST LEX – Iraq Rule of Law Expert, gave a lecture at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna. She was invited in her capacity as Judiciary Expert to speak about her work experience in post conflict areas. Valerie Wahl analyzed the various challenges of field work in Common Security and Defence Policy missions of the European Union and provided examples from her work for EUJUST LEX- Iraq and EUPM.

11.12.2010 - Domestic Violence Seminar in Baghdad

Domestic Violence Seminar participants
This two-day seminar on Domestic Violence is the first ever held in cooperation with UNDP, the International Rescue Committee, the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission (ITAM-Police) and the UK Embassy Forensics Team. The seminar which was mainly addressed to the staff working at the Iraqi Family Justice Centres and staff working at the Baghdad Community Policing Unit, constitutes an example for implemented cooperation and coordination.

10.12.2010 - Head of Mission in Iraq

EUJUSTLEX - Iraq Head of Mission Francisco Diaz Alcantud, conducted one of his regular visits to Iraq in December 2010.  In Baghdad HoM met with the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General Ad Melkert who emphasized the importance of the UN, EU and US discussing common ways how to best train Iraqi officials and build institutions, highlighting the important role of the EU in Iraq.  As usual, Francisco Diaz Alcantud, held a meeting with EU MS representatives in order to inform them on the latest state of affairs in the Mission. Special attention was paid to the preparations of the upcoming move of the Mission’s headquarters to Iraq.

During his stay in Erbil HoM met with Kurdistan Region Minister of Interior, Minister of Justice  and KR Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. An Erbil-based member of the Penitentiary Team provides mentoring and advice to the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, and she expressed her gratitude for the Mission’s assistance and assured HoM of the positive impact of Mission’s courses and other activities. Francisco Diaz Alcantud also met in Erbil with KR Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice. 


06.12.2010 - Follow up Lectures in Dohuk Prison in Erbil

Iraq alumni continuing their education at Dohuk Prison
EUJUST LEX–Iraq organised a seminar in Dohuk Prison on the use of “Consequence Pedagogic as a Tool in Rehabilitation” in order to follow–up with former course participants who attended a course in “Rehabilitation of Juveniles’” in October 2010. All participants had made use of “consequence pedagogic” in their work and already noticed a positive change in prisoner’s behaviour. All of them suggested to further develop their skills in this working method.

04.12.2010 - Work experience secondment in Hungary

Iraqi attendants to the Hungarian Work Experience Secondment with EUJUST LEX-Iraq team
This Work Experience Secondment was attended by two senior penitentiary officers, one of them being the Prison Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of the Kurdistan Region and the other the Regional Prison Director of Baghdad. The aim of this training was to give best practises to participants focusing on the senior management and leadership within prisons.

03.12.2010 - Head of Mission at the University

Francisco Diaz Alcantud lecturing at IES
Francisco Diaz Alcantud, gave a presentation about EUJUST LEX – Iraq activities during a seminar on European Foreign and Security Policy after the Lisbon Treaty. The one day seminar was organised by the Institute for European Studies and attended by 40 students from different European Universities. After the presentation, HoM answered different questions about mission mandate and Iraqi situation.

29.11.2010 - Work Experience Secondment in Germany

This Work Experience Secondment held in Germany, was attended by six female penitentiary officers from Iraq. Its goal was to provide first hand information about prison management to the participants. Part of the experience was dedicated to discussing action plans and intentions and ideas for further developing the Iraqi penitentiary system as a whole as well as implementing improvements in their day-to-day work managing prisons.

28.11.2010 - First brick in Erbil’s prison

First brick in Erbil's prison
EUJUST LEX–Iraq Rule of Law expert, laying the first brick of the new adult prison in Erbil. The new penitentiary facility will be ready within 20 months and will meet the standards of a modern prison with facilities for physical activities, workshops and vocational training for prisoners. At the opening ceremony, three KRG ministers were present. In the picture, EUJUST LEX–Iraq Rule of Law expert with KRG Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

26.11.2010 - Major and Critical Incident Management Course in Spain

The course in Major and Critical Incident Management has been attended by 19 participants holding ranks from Major General to Colonel, all of them brought the necessary expertise due to their experience from working in police command centres and disaster capability units in Iraq. This course offered specialized training to senior police officers in handling major incidents including terrorist attacks. During these days, the students got the opportunity to visit the historical city of Segovia. At the course closing ceremony there were representatives from Spain’s Minister of Interior, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, Guardia Civil, National Police, Iraqi Ambassador and the new Spanish Ambassador to Iraq.

24.11.2010 - Management of Investigation course in Belgium and Luxemburg

This course, with a focus on anti-terrorism, was hosted by Belgium and Luxemburg. The course was attended by 15 police officers, among them three female police officers. It is first time Iraqi female police officers participated in a course in a member state and provided them the opportunity to enhance their policing skills and to exchange best practices and lessons learned with their European female colleagues. 
The purpose of this course is to enhance knowledge and skills in each of their respective areas of responsibility and to improve their understanding, and practical application, of joint working procedures in the field of criminal investigation as it currently pertains in Iraq with a special focus on terrorism crimes. 
Both organisers & participants were very satisfied with the training, Iraqi participants were well selected for the subject of the course and followed regularly and with interest the lectures on: the role of senior investigating officer, investigating theory, m

21.11.2010 - Managing Murder Investigations course in Germany

Practical exercise during the Work Experience Secondment
This course in Managing Murder Investigation was attended by 20 Iraqi police officers who manage and oversee the investigation of homicides. It aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of police officers who are responsible for murder investigations in police departments. The German Police training course focuses on practical investigations skills and new developments in the field of murder investigations and the deployment and use of new equipment. Participants experienced and explored modern police techniques and the participants were challenged to investigate to what extent and how German Police best-practices can be applied in Iraq. 
The course was concluded with a closing ceremony that was attended by the General Consul of the Iraqi Consulate in Frankfurt/Main and senior officials from the German Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs, as well the Federal Criminal Police Office. 


09.11.2010 - EUJUST LEX -Iraq Open day on women's rights

The European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq organized on 9 November in Erbil a seminar to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security. Resolution 1325 was the first United Nations Security Council resolution to address the impact of armed conflict specifically on women.
It stressed the importance of women´s equal and full participation as active agents in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in post-conflict reconstruction. It called on United Nations member states to ensure women´s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
Ms. Leslie Wilmart Angelo, EUJUST LEX-Iraq Rule of Law Human Rights Expert, highlighted that ”this Open Day will enable EUJUST LEX-Iraq to recognise the issues that surround women in Iraq and to network between organisations to coordinate aims and objectives in this field. EUJUST LEX-Iraq welcomes this wonderful opportunity to understand, improve, and work as a collective group to provide the synergy for all organisations to work for the greater cause of women in Iraq.”
The conference was attended by more than 150 people, among them KRG authorities, Iraqi and international NGO´s working on Human Rights and EU representatives.
EUJUST LEX was established in Baghdad in 2005 to strengthen the rule of law and promote a culture of respect for Human Rights’ in Iraq. It addresses the criminal justice system (CJS) in an integrated, comprehensive way focusing on police, prosecutors, judges and prison managers. Erbil office and Basra satellite office were open in September 2009.

18.10.2010 - Kurdish Minister of Social and Labor Affairs in Finland

Kurdish Minister of Social and Labor Affairs in Finland

In a visit organized by EUJUST LEX – Iraq, the Kurdish Minister of Social and Labor Affairs visited Finland as part of a mentorship program.

The delegation visited a number of penitentiary institutions, in which they learned about rehabilitation programs for drug abusers, possibilities for education and professional training. They visited units for mothers and children in a closed prison and in an open prison.  They attended different workshops giving the visitors ideas about working opportunities that can be offered inside a prison. The Kurdish delegation paid attention to activities, structures and solutions to further their ambitions to reform the Kurdistan Region penitentiary system. The delegation was particularly interested in the open prison system in which prisoners can study and work \ while serving their sentences. This modality improves the prisoner’s integration in society while providing economical opportunities. Valuable support in the visit’s practical arrangements was offered by the Finnish Ministry of Justice.


14.10.2010 - Course in Domestic Violence in Erbil

Course participants with EUJUST LEX-Iraq Rule of Law expert
In cooperation with Iraqi trainers and a visiting expert from Czech Republic, the Mission organised a four-day seminar in Erbil on Domestic Violence in order to address the needs of Iraqi police officers in dealing with this topic. The seminar was attended by 20 police officers, including 10 female officers and focused on procedures, techniques and principles for the handling of cases of domestic violence or shame crime, their social and psychological context: professional standards of human rights and police ethics as well as cross-sector cooperation with social service agencies. The event made it clear that, while participants understand basic human rights concepts, they find it challenging to apply these in their everyday work. The training therefore focused in particular on practical tools for implementing human rights strategy towards domestic violence. 
During these days EUJUST LEX-Iraq Rule of Law experts met with the Head of Domestic Violence Unit of the KRG Police who request

13.10.2010 - Work Experience Secondment in Germany

EUJUST LEX–Iraq organised its second work experience secondment (WES) for the Iraqi judiciary. The delegation consisted of  seven judicial authorities from the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) involved in the development and management of the KRG judicial system. As an example of EU best practices, the WES provided the judges with in-depth knowledge of the German procedural system and the basic principles and different stages of its criminal system procedure. The group was introduced to education programs for German lawyers, judges and prosecutors, as well as issues related to the development of training curricula, modern learning methods and management techniques. In the scope of the criminal procedure course, the participants had the opportunity to visit institutions and meet experts from the entire criminal procedural chain, from police up to the penitentiary system. The course thereby combined theoretical lectures and selected topic related discussions with practical elements.


05.10.2010 - Rehabilitation of Juvenile Prisoners in Erbil

EUJUST LEX–Iraq organised a five-day penitentiary event that focused on rehabilitation of juvenile prisoners. The event was attended by 14 senior social researchers from the Ministry of Justice and was organized in cooperation with two visiting experts from Finland and the Netherlands. The main focus of the seminar was exposing Iraqis to new concepts of juvenile rehabilitation using drama, storytelling and other modern teaching methods. The KRG Deputy Director General for Prisoner Care delivered a number of lectures as part of the Mission’s integration policy to involve Iraqi experts in training interventions to ensure Iraqi ownership and long term-sustainability.

05.10.2010 - Head of Mission Fifth visit to Iraq

Briefing with EU representatives in Baghdad
From 03 to 08 October 2010, the EUJUSTLEX-Iraq Head of Mission, conducted his fifth visit to Iraq. With particular regard to the Mission’s future in-country plans, Francisco Díaz Alcantud had meetings scheduled in Baghdad with the Minister of Interior and with the ambassadors and representatives of EU Member States among others. As it has become a regular event, Head of Mission provided updated information on the state of affairs of the Mission with particular focus on the Mission’s progressive shift in country. 

In the North Region, Head of Mission briefed the Kurdistan Region Head of the Department for International Relations during a meeting which took place upon the request of the Minister. He stated that, with the Mission having commenced its increased deployment to Iraq and the KR, he intends to personally follow developments and progress.

09.07.2010 - Iraqi judges and prosecutors attend training on fair trial standards and human rights

German senior judges, prosecutors and defence counsels gave lectures and conducted other training sessions for 16 Iraqi judges and prosecutors on fair trial standards and human rights between 20 June and 2 July 2010 in the North German city of  Lübeck. During the two-week course the participants discussed the implementation of international fair trial obligations in national systems, the cooperation between the police, prosecution and courts during the investigative phase, rules of evidence, the rights of the defence, reasons for appeals on points of law, anti-corruption strategies. The participants also monitored a trial in a district court and visited a prison. The Head of the mission EUJUST LEX Francisco Diaz Alcantud attended the closing session where he took the opportunity to discuss with the Iraqi participants the situation in their home country and future needs of the Iraqi criminal justice system.  All Iraqi participants emphasised the inspiration they had received on how to strengthen the judiciary in their home country.


28.06.2010 - The Head of Mission met the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs

The EUJUST LEX Head of Mission Francisco Díaz Alcantud meets the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Hoshyar Zebari
The EUJUST LEX Head of Mission Francisco Díaz Alcantud visited Baghdad from 18 to 22 June 2010. It was the Head of Mission’s third visit to Iraq since taking up office in January 2010. The purpose of the visit was to meet the mission’s senior Iraqi counterparts, to continue cooperation and coordination efforts with the international community as well to meet and to brief EU ambassadors.
The most notable event during his visit was a meeting with the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Hoshyar Zebari, on 20 June. The Head of Mission briefed the minister on the mission’s extended mandate and its in-country plans, including opening new offices in Arbil and in Basra. Minister Zebari, who had followed the mission’s development since its beginnings, was as supportive as ever, encouraging the mission to identify further suitable training needs in the field of human rights and the Iraqi criminal justice system. In particular he welcomed EUJUST LEX’s move towards more presence and visibility inside Iraq.
During his continued programme Francisco Díaz addressed participants of an EUJUST LEX Integrated Seminar on Police - Judiciary Interaction in Major Crime Cases. The seminar was attended by 8 investigative judges, 2 prosecutors, 2 judicial investigators, and 8 crime police Investigators. Among other issues, he briefed the participants on the mission’s current state of affairs, i.e. the mission’s extended mandate until June 2012 as well as the planned progressive shift of the mission to Iraq.  He also highlighted the mission’s continued principle of Iraqi involvement, best demonstrated by the fact that the seminar was co-chaired by a EUJUST LEX Rule of Law - Judiciary Expert and the Iraqi Chief Investigative Judge. Speeches were also delivered by other high-ranking representatives of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, the High Judicial Council, and, for the current EU Presidency, by the Spanish ambassador.

27.06.2010 - Iraqi students attend Major and critical incident management course in France

In France, a course on “Major and Critical Incident Management” and a course on “Forensic Science Focused on Serious Crime and Modern Techniques of Investigation” has been held in July. The investigative judges and the judicial investigators that participated in the course welcomed the training very much, in particular the practical approach that was used.

16.06.2010 - EUJUST LEX Iraq is extended for two years

Head of EUJUST LEX, Francisco Díaz Alcantud, briefing the press

The EU's integrated rule of law mission in Iraq (EUJUST LEX Iraq) will be extended from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2012. During this additional period, the mission will progressively shift its activities and relevant structures to Iraq, focusing on specialised training, while maintaining out-off-country activities. Taking into account further developments in the security conditions in Iraq and the outcome of the mission's activities in Iraq, the Council will examine the results of the new mandate and decide on the future of the mission after 30 June 2012.

On 15 June, the Civilian Operations Commander, Kees Klompenhouwer, and the Head of EUJUST LEX Iraq, Francisco Díaz Alcantud, briefed the press on the achievements of the mission and the new priorities for the next two years.

07.06.2010 - EUJUST LEX contributes to fighting domestic violence in the Kurdistan region in Iraq

An EUJUST LEX training seminar on domestic violence ended in Arbil, Kurdistan Region (KR), on 5 June 2010. The 5-day seminar was attended by 20 participants from the KR police, 4 of them women. It was the first EUJUST LEX seminar at which both, EUJUST LEX experts and Kurdish trainers from the Kurdistan Region delivered training and lectures. Fighting domestic violence is one of the key areas of EUJUST LEX’s training and mentoring activities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, in cooperation with the KR Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) and the police authorities. Also, in federal Iraq the EUJUST LEX mission delivers training on the same subject. Additional presentations were provided by visiting experts from the Danish CIVPOL contingent in Baghdad, the US State Department and the International Rescue Committee. The seminar finished with a closing ceremony attended by senior officials from the KR Ministry of Interior, the Chief of the Kurdistan Region Police, the dean of the Police Academy, senior MoLSA staff and diplomatic representatives from the UK, Germany, Greece and Sweden.


04.06.2010 - Participants from Iraq attended the Train the Trainers course in Madrid

EUJUST LEX organised a Train the Trainers course in Madrid, Spain, from 10 to 28 May 2010. The course was attended by 15 participants from various parts of Iraq, all of whom hold trainer positions at the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. Under the auspices of the Spanish authorities, participants were given the opportunity to enhance their training skills in line with latest European standards. The closing ceremony was attended by the EUJUST LEX's Head of Mission, Francisco Diaz Alcantud, as well as representatives of the Spanish Ministry of Interior and AECID, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.


03.06.2010 - EUJUST LEX provides training on ‘Leading Change in Prison’

The EUJUST LEX Penitentiary Team organised an in-country event in Basra, South Iraq, from 24 to 28 May 2010. The theme of the training course was ‘Leading Change in Prison’ and consisted of a number of modules focusing on empowering managers to plan, coordinate and implement changes in the prisons belonging to the Iraqi Correctional Service (ICS).

The event was attended by 13 senior correctional staff, including 4 females and 6 members of the ICS technical committee.  Also the ICS Deputy Director General participated in the delivery of a number of  presentations during the course.

The course objectives were achieved and culminated in all Iraqi participants creating a workable Individual Action Plan (IAP) to implement change in their work environment. In turn, the progress of participants’ Action Plans will be monitored, supported and evaluated by EUJUST LEX throughout this process.

The closing ceremony was attended by the EUJUST LEX Head of Training, the UK Consul General, the Regional Director of Prisons for the South, and the Deputy Director General of the ICS.


10.05.2010 - The Head of mission, Francisco Díaz Alcantud, met with Iraqi journalists in Brussels

On 5 May 2010 the Head of the mission EUJUST LEX Francisco Diaz Alcantud met in the mission’s Brussels office with a delegation of 15 journalists from Iraq. The meeting took place within the context of a one week visit to the EU institutions in Brussels organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Journalism Centre. The journalists invited represent some of the most prominent media institutions in Iraq including TV, radio and press. The Head of mission gave a presentation on EUJUST LEX’s history, mandate, principles, structure and current activities as well as on future plans following the expected extension of the mission’s mandate after 30 June 2010. The presentation was followed by a vivid round of questions and discussion. The Head of mission emphasised in particular and repeatedly the principle of Iraqi involvement and ownership. He explained that the mission bases all of its activities on needs identified by its Iraqi counterparts rather than imposing its own programmes and ideas. Moreover, the Head of mission stated that EUJUSTLEX’s activities are to be seen in context of the support provided to the Iraqi criminal justice system by other international players. Coordinating with these actors is of paramount importance to the mission and to the EU member states. This avoids duplication and brings and EU added value to all ongoing efforts.  The Head of mission  finally expressed the importance of maintaining dialogue with journalists and relevant civil society organisations in Iraq in order to learn from Iraqi experience and to explain to the population the mission’s engagement in country.


04.05.2010 - Iraqi investigating judges and prosecutors participated in a seminar held by EUJUST LEX

Judicial and police experts of the EUJUST LEX Mission, together with a judge from Germany as a visiting expert, held a seminar for 18 Iraqi investigating judges and prosecutors in Arbil, Kurdistan Region, on 29 and 30 April 2010. The seminar was co-chaired by the senior investigating judge of Baghdad.

Topics of presentations and discussions were the division of responsibilities for leading investigations between the police and investigating judges, undercover investigations including the use of technical equipment, crime scene management, and the role of investigating judges in criminal investigations and for safeguarding the fundamental rights of suspects. The discussions between the European experts and the Iraqi investigating judges and prosecutors focused on case examples taken from European countries and equivalent practices in Iraq. Seminar participants in particular expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to learn about European approaches and to compare how the law is applied in actual case scenarios in Iraq and in European countries.

The closing of the seminar was attended by the Deputy Chief Justice of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 


20.04.2010 - EUJUSTLEX penitentiary team held a training seminar

The EUJUSTLEX penitentiary team held a training seminar in Sulaymaniyah (Kurdistan Region, Iraq) from 12 to 15 April.  This course was for 20 female staff from the Kurdistan Region (KR) Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA), responsible for prisoner care.

Prior to the course the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs had agreed that the top student would be selected to take part in a suitable EUJUST LEX course in one of the EU member states in the future. An examination had been designed to test the knowledge, understanding and attitudes in the following areas;

  • Human Rights
  • International Penitentiary Standards
  • Juvenile Awareness Training
  • Females in detention

The closing ceremony on 15  April was attended by senior representatives of the KR Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as well as the Ministry of Justice as well as senior mission staff.

The event was televised and was broadcast on both KR TV & radio the same evening.


30.03.2010 - Judges from the Kurdistan region in Iraq participated in a Work Experience Secondment in London

Between 22 and 26 March 2010 six participants from the Kurdistan Region in Iraq participated in a Work Experience Secondment (WES) in the United Kingdom. The delegation consisted of six senior judges (including the Vice President of the Kurdistan Region Cassation Court, the President of the Criminal Court of Sulaymanyia and four senior investigative judges from different areas in the Kurdistan Region. The purpose of the course was to introduce the judges to the UK criminal justice system and to provide an insight into modern EU standards in criminal investigation and court proceedings.

Among other activities, participants spent a day with a senior criminal judge and a defense Queens’ Council at the Old Bailey in London City (UK Central Criminal Court dealing with murder and other serious crimes). Also, the judges visited the London forensic laboratory of the Forensic Science Service which is  well known for its DNA expertise. The participants had the opportunity to gain detailed insight into various modern forensic techniques and procedures.
During a day at Lewisham Police Station (largest police station in London area including the homicide command), the participants visited detention facilities and were led through the different departments and units dealing with the different stages of the criminal investigation – from the arrest up to the criminal charge submitted to the crown prosecution. Within the homicide command they were provided an overview on modern techniques of telecommunication surveillance.
Further, participants had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the work of the Crown Prosecution Service by meeting senior representatives from various levels. An additional day was dedicated to a visit at the City Magistrates Court, where the participants witnessed proceedings conducted before the magistrates, including remand court hearings. The course was concluded by a visit at the Human Rights Bar Council and the Kurdish Human Rights Project.

29.03.2010 - EUJUST LEX and the Iraqi Correctional Service held their 1st Annual Evaluation Conference

Between 24 and 25 March 2010 the EUJUSTLEX Penitentiary Team and the Iraqi Correctional Service held their 1st Annual Evaluation Conference in Arbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. The aim of the conference was to evaluate EU courses, discuss lessons learned and identify future training needs in Europe and Iraq on behalf of the Iraqi Correctional Service (ICS).

The event was attended by 15 senior correctional staff from both federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, including the Director General of the ICS,  prison directors and senior social researchers.
The first day consisted of two plenary sessions relating to lessons learned and practical experiences in EU member states, culminating in a number of significant recommendations and establishing new protocols between the mission and the ICS.  This was followed by two workshops run by the mission penitentiary staff focusing on rehabilitation, operations and management.
The second day dealt with EU courses concentrating on contents, training methods and topics for future courses. Three workshops enabling delegates to define in depth their needs for future training were carried out in the afternoon session, followed by presentations from participants. The latter also presented a number of examples of the impact of training they received in Europe resulting from Action Plans developed during EU member states courses.
The day finished with a closing ceremony attended by the EUJUSTLEX Head of Mission Francisco Diaz Alcantud,  the UK Consul General and the Director General of the ICS.

27.03.2010 - EUJUST LEX police course in Harperley Hall (UK) in cooperation with the UK National Policing Improvement Agency

From 15 to 26 March EUJUST LEX held a police course in North-East England in cooperation with the British authorities. Twelve police officers from the Kurdistan Region in Iraq attended the event which addressed topics revolving around the crime of arson. Participants acquired specific skills and knowledge to investigate suspected arson-related crime scenes with particular focus on explosives and firearms.The closing ceremony was attended by the EUJUST LEX Head of Training as well as head and senior staff of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) International Academy Bramshill.


12.03.2010 - EUJUST LEX held a judiciary course in Madrid in cooperation with the Spanish authorities

From 1 to 12 March EUJUST LEX held a judiciary course in Madrid, Spain in cooperation with the Spanish authorities. 20 Iraqi judges and prosecutors attended the event which addressed topics relating to organised crime and terrorism. The closing ceremony was attended by the EUJUST LEX Head of Mission Francisco Díaz Alcantud, representatives of AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Center for Legal Studies (CEJ), the Embassy of Iraq, as well as Spanish judges and prosecutors who served as lecturers during the course.


26.02.2010 - EUJUST LEX Iraq held a workshop for Iraqi penitentiary officials

From 23 to 26 February 2010 EUJUST LEX Iraq held a workshop for Iraqi penitentiary officials in the Southern Iraqi city of Basra. The workshop was focused on past EUJUST LEX course participants to present their progress in implementing their action plans and to identify future training needs. In addition, mission staff offered group and individual sessions to discuss any penitentiary related issues participants wished to address. Also, mission experts gave presentations on their skills and experiences, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of situations in conflict and post-conflict countries. The workshop was attended by 11 Iraqi participants including a senior representative of the Iraqi penitentiary system.


23.02.2010 - Seminar on Crime Scene Management in Basra from 16 to 18 February

From 16 to 18 February EUJUST-LEX Iraq organized a seminar on Crime Scene Management in the Southern Iraqi city of Basra. 27 mid-rank and senior Iraqi police officers participated in the course with four of them from Iraq’s  Kurdistan Region.

Subjects covered during the training include crime-scene handling and evidence collection, evidence handling and international cooperation as well as judicial aspects of the investigation.

In accordance with its sustainability principle, the Mission will conduct follow-up activities with participants in the future.


22.01.2010 - EUJUST LEX nominated for the ICPA’s President’s Award for 2009

The International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) has recognized EUJUST LEX and the Mission’s work in “promoting and sharing ethical and effective correctional practices to enhance public safety and healthier communities worldwide”. The Mission has been nominated for the ICPA’s President’s Award for 2009, further demonstrating the impact of CSDP-activities and the EU’s commitment to the protection of human rights on a global scale.


01.01.2010 - Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,congratulates Francisco DÍAZ ALCANTUD on taking office as Head of Mission

Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, today congratulated Francisco DÍAZ ALCANTUD, a colonel in the Spanish Guardia Civil, on taking office as the new Head of Mission of EUJUST LEX (Iraq). He succeeds Stephen WHITE from the United Kingdom. The High Representative made the following comments:

"I would like to congratulate Francisco Díaz on taking office as the new Head of the EU Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq, EUJUST  LEX.

His excellent background, his management skills and the extensive experience he acquired both in Spain and in international positions make him most suitable for taking on the challenges facing the mission.


2009

17.12.2009 - Stephen White, Head of Mission EUJUST LEX, met the press on 17 December 2009


08.12.2009 - Third pilot in-country policing seminar in Erbil, Iraq on domestic violence

On the 2nd and 3rd of December 2009 EUJUST LEX, in close cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, Kurdistan Region officials and EU Member States experts, held its third pilot in-country policing seminar in Erbil, Iraq. The topic of the intervention was Domestic Violence.

The closing ceremony was attended by the Kurdish Region Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Ms. Asos Najib Abdullah, officials from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Government, EU diplomatic representatives and Major Dr. Tariq, General Director of Ministry of Interior Kurdish Region.

01.12.2009 - Second in-country police seminar in Erbil, Iraq on crime scene management

On 25th and 26th of November 2009 EUJUST LEX, in close cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, Kurdistan Region officials, EU Member States and EU-experts, held its second in-country police seminar in Erbil, Iraq. The topic of the intervention was Crime Scene Management.

The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency Jalal Kareem, Deputy Minister of Interior, Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Major General Abdulla Khaylani, General Director of Kurdistan Region Police and the closing ceremony attended by His Excellency Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari; Mr. Stephen White, Head of EUJUST LEX Mission; Mr. Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of Department of Foreign Relations;
Mr. Tariq Rasheed, General Director of the Dewan governance; MG Abdullah M.S. Khaylari, General Director of Police; Mr. Bakhtyar Baban, Advisor of Minister;
Mr. Jabar M. Sharif, Head of CID in Kurdistan Region of Iraq; Mr. Dr. Frederic Tissot, French Consul; Mr. Jeremy McCadie, British Consul; Mr. Nikolas Doukas, Greek attaché.

22.11.2009 - First pilot in-country police seminar in Baghdad, on crime scene management

On 18th and 19th of November 2009 EUJUST LEX, in close cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, EU Member States and EU-experts, held its first pilot in-country police seminar in Baghdad, on the subject of Crime Scene Management.

The opening ceremony was attended by Head of EUJUST LEX Mission Stephen White, the Swedish Ambassador to Iraq Niclas Trouvé, and Major General Ezzat, Baghdad Police Centre, Chief of Foreign Police Training in Iraq.

04.11.2009 - High-Level Summit on the Iraqi Judicial Development Strategy Five Year Plan 2009-2013 in Erbil, Iraq

On the 28th and 29th of November 2009, a High-Level Summit on the Iraqi Judicial Development Strategy Five Year Plan 2009-2013 was held in Erbil, Iraq. The Chief Justice of Iraq, 22 Iraqi senior judicial representatives and several EUJUST LEX senior representatives and Rule of Law Experts participated in the event.

On the basis of international and EU best practices, discussions were held on selected aspects related to the Iraqi Judicial Strategy. These included judicial independence, judicial and legislative reform, the role of the media and corruption. Concrete conclusions agreed upon will form a basis for future joint Iraqi-EUJUST LEX activities.
The event was attended by the British Consul General Jeremy Mc Cadie and the Greek Attache for Economic and Commercial Affairs Nikolaos Doukas and a representative of the UN Development Program. An official dinner finalizing the event was also attended by the Chief Justice of the Kurdish Region.

03.11.2009 - Two-day penitentiary evaluation workshop in Erbil

Between the 19th and the 20th of October EUJUST LEX held a two-day penitentiary evaluation workshop in Erbil involving 12 former participants of EU courses. The aim of the workshop was to access the progress challenges and outcomes of individual action plans of 12 Wardens and Deputies. The outcomes achieved the identification of individual mentoring and training for these staff. This was the first of the mission’s in-country event that marks the start of the pilot phase of activities in Iraq.

This was followed by the second in-country event designed specifically for female prison officials. This three-day course covered Human rights, International Minimum Standard, prisoner care for females and juveniles and women n the workplace. 19 Senior Females attended the course and the closing ceremony was attended by the Minister of Labour and social affairs. H.E Adnan Qadier.
Between 5-7 December a evaluation workshop was held for senior wardens and deputies from the MoJ-ICS this was in the Contingency Operation Base for the coalition forces in Barsah, Southern Iraq. Nine past participants for EU courses attended the workshop that culminated in further training needs being identified at strategic, management and individual mentoring opportunities. The closing ceremony was attended by the Consulate General of from the UK. The Honary Miss, Alice Warpole.

03.07.2009 - On 3 July 2009 Head of Mission Stephen White was re-appointed for six months

01.07.2009 - Extension of the mission for one more year

HoM Stephen White meets Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki

On 1 July the Mission commenced its fourth phase (as per the PSC decision of 24 March 2009 and the new Council Joint Action 2009/475/CFSP of 11 June 2009,  EUJUST LEX was formally extended for one more year, specifically mandating the Mission to pilot in-country training interventions). In the run-up to phase IV, three preliminary in-country activities to support the Iraqi Criminal Justice System were held in various locations throughout Iraq. These activities are currently being evaluated and the lessons learned will form the basis for the next 12-month period.


30.06.2009 - Mission's phase III concluded

The Mission's phase III concluded successfully on 30 June 2009. All Mission objectives were achieved and in some cases were exceeded.


22.06.2009 - 100th EUJUST LEX course

During June, the Mission reached the important milestone of coordinating the 100th EUJUST LEX course. This was an integrated course for 10 senior Iraqi Police Officers and 10 Iraqi Judges on the "Management of Investigations" and was hosted by the BENELUX countries. Celebrations to mark the occasion were held and a number of dignitaries attended (see also Press page for articles published for the occasion).


18.05.2009 - Council conclusions on EUJUST LEX

At the 2943rd External Relations Council meeting, the Council underlined the strong commitment of the European Union to the support of the area of rule of law in Iraq, more specifically to the police, the penitentiary and the judiciary. The Council welcomed that EUJUST LEX will be extended for one year and that the Mission is preparing the first pilot activities on Iraqi territory to provide training, strategic advice and mentoring to senior officials of the Iraqi Criminal Justice Sector, as the security conditions allow.


26.04.2009 - Lecture by Stephen White at the European Executive Policing Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police

Head of Mission Stephen White gave a lecture at the European Executive Policing Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police on "Looking to the Future - the Key to Success". He has been asked to use the ESDP/EUJUST LEX Mission as a case study to demonstrate the important role police training and leadership development plays in post-conflict reconstruction.


20.04.2009 - HoM Stephen White meets Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki

02.04.2009 - Deputy Head of Mission, Simon van der Schenk at the Rule of Law Stakeholders' meeting in Erbil

Deputy Head of Mission, Simon van der Schenk attended the Rule of Law Stakeholders' meeting in Erbil, Iraq, in the framework of drafting a Kurdish Region 10 year Rule of Law  plan. This is an initiative of the US Embassy Erbil Regional Reconstruction Team (RRT), UNDP and the Regional Legislative Observatory (RLO). The specific aim of this meeting was to discuss international community involvement in the future of Rule of Law in the Kurdish Region. The meeting was attended by a large number of Kurdish stakeholders and international actors. Deputy Head of Mission gave a presentation on the Mission and its programmes.


01.04.2009 - Head of Mission Stephen White at a conference in Washington D.C. organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation on new US-European collaboration in Iraq

Head of Mission Stephen White attended a conference in Washington D.C. organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation on new US-European collaboration in Iraq. Head of Mission gave a presentation on EUJUST LEX, highlighting the latest achievements, current and future Mission activities. At the conference, representatives of the Brookings Institute, the German and Czech Embassies, the German Green Party, Boston College, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the European Council on Foreign Relations as well as the US Institute of Peace were participating.


27.03.2009 - 2000th student

Head of Mission is pleased to announce that the Mission celebrated its 2000th student, an Iraqi judge, who attended a "Fair Trial & Human Rights course Focused on Juvenile Justice".


10.03.2009 - EUJUST 4th annuversary

EUJUST LEX Mission celebrated its 4th Anniversary and held a Medal Award Ceremony for 14 former and current Mission staff; this was attended by the Deputy Ambassador of the Iraqi Embassy to the EU as well as by several Member States representatives.


02.03.2009 - First Regional Police Thematic Seminar

The first Regional Police Thematic Seminar took place in Cairo, Egypt on the topic of 'Community Policing'. The event was attended by 16 senior Iraqi police officials, EU Member States Experts (from Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) and a senior Egyptian police officer. The Seminar was very successful and explored different aspects of Community


18.02.2009 - Deputy Head of Mission, Simon van der Schenk to Iraq

Deputy Head of Mission, Simon van der Schenk travelled to Iraq where he attended the US Rule of Law conference in Baghdad and met with high level Iraqi and international experts in the Rule of Law sector


16.02.2009 - First Thematic Seminar on 'Rehabilitation of Prisoners'

In Jordan, the Mission Penitentiary Team held its first Thematic Seminar which addressed 'Rehabilitation of Prisoners'. The Iraqi participants and EU Experts shared and discussed best practices and practical approaches to establishing and implementing rehabilitative programmes in Iraq. The Seminar was successful due to the process of interactive debates, presentations and workshops where all 14 Iraqi participants, the EU experts (from Austria, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and EUJUST LEX staff were fully engaged.


28.01.2009 - Planning Seminar

On 27 January the Mission held a Planning Seminar with the aim of discussing with Member States training developments, new training curricula, plans and timetables for EUJUST LEX operations. The Seminar was attended by a large number of Member States' representatives and course organisers who positively endorsed the Mission and offered more than 30 EUJUST LEX training activities for 2009.


15.01.2009 - Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the CFSP, meets the EU Heads of mission of civilian ESDP missions

Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), met the European Union Heads of civilian ESDP missions for a working lunch on 15 January 2009.

The High Representative and the nine Heads of Mission (HoMs) reviewed the areas in which the ESDP missions are engaged and the challenges facing the EU in 2009 - in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Georgia and the Balkans. The security challenges are increasingly complex and continue to be a major priority for the EU.

Since the last meeting in October 2007, ESDP has a new mission - EUMM Georgia - and five new HoMs:  Kai Vittrup for EUPOL Afghanistan; Stefan Feller for EUPM BiH; Paul Kernaghan for EUPOL COPPS; Hansjörg Haber for EUMM Georgia and Alain Faugeras for EUBAM Rafah.


2008

31.12.2008 - News in brief for 2008

  • (2-6 December 2008) His Excellency Madhat Al-Mahmoud, Chief of Justice and President of the Higher Judicial Council of Iraq, visited the EUJUST LEX course on "Financial Crime focused on Money Laundering" in Spain and participated in the Closing Ceremony, accompanied by Deputy Head of Mission Simon van der Schenk. Chief of Justice held meetings with Spanish authorities and Mission Staff, expressing his satisfaction and continued support for the Mission's activities.
  • (2-6 December 2008) Following an invitation of EUJUST LEX, His Excellency, Dr. Safaaldeen Al-Safi, the Acting Minister of Justice for Iraq paid an official visit to the Senior Penitentiary Leadership Course in Italy. He was accompanied by the Acting Director General of the Iraqi Correctional Service, Mr. Sharef Al-Bakaa. During the visit, the delegation attended the course for social researchers and held a series of meetings with Head of Mission, Stephen White and the Mission Penitentiary Team. The visit and its outcomes exemplified the good working relationship this Mission continues to have with its Iraqi partners.
  • (24 November 2008) Deputy Head of Mission and Mission staff visited the Kurdish Region of Iraq, 20-23 November 2008, in order to liaise with representatives of the regional judiciary, including the President of the recently established Kurdish Judicial Council, the Presidents of the Courts of Appeal in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah and the UNAMI Human Rights Office in Erbil. Among the subjects discussed were the training needs of the Kurdish regional judiciary and the participation of Kurdish judges and prosecutors in EUJUST LEX courses. The Mission welcomes this development and will continue to aim for a fair geographical, ethnic, religious and gender representation in EUJUST LEX courses.
  • (20 November 2008) The Mission held its first Regional Judicial Thematic Seminar on Juvenile Justice, 15-18 November in the Middle East. The seminar was supported and personally attended by Chief Justice, Medhat Al-Mahmood, and several Iraqi experts. In addition, EU Member States provided senior experts in the field of juvenile justice for the event. The seminar was successful in achieving its objectives and in particular, the topic of juvenile justice has been identified as a strategic priority of the Iraqi Criminal Justice System. Based on the conclusions of the seminar, the Mission's Judicial Team will continue to plan future training interventions for Iraqi professionals in this field.
  • (10 November 2008) At the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference in San Diego, California, Head of Mission, Stephen White on behalf of the EU's Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq, received the Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement (see Press page for more information). The President of the IACP described the award as "the world's most prestigious policing award for excellence in law enforcement and leadership." Over 150 projects and programmes were nominated for the award and the ceremony was attended by hundreds of Police Chiefs and criminal justice experts from around the world.
    Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, congratulated Stephen White and his team: "the rule of law, the protection of human rights and the delivery of professional, accountable, effective policing are key to the future of a secure, stable, democratic, prosperous and unified Iraq. This award is a recognition of the EU's commitment to the rule of law in Iraq and of EUJUST LEX's consistent efforts and achievements, in close cooperation with the Iraqi authorities and with EU member states, over the last three years."
    In addition to receiving the award, Head of Mission participated in a panel debate with the IMPACT group (International Managers of Police Academy and College Training), highlighting experiences from EUJUST LEX and sharing best practices and lessons learned.
  • (29 October 2008) Head of Mission Stephen White is pleased to announce that the Mission has reached the milestone of training the 250th penitentiary student from the Iraqi Correctional Service who participated in an EUJUST LEX course on Senior Prison Leadership, targeting social researchers, with focus on rehabilitation, human rights and cross-sector cooperation.
  • (24 October 2008) Deputy Head of Mission Simon van der Schenk and Mission staff recently had a series of meetings in Baghdad with senior Iraqi partners to maintain close collaboration on Mission activities and to receive firsthand accounts of developments in rule of law. Iraqi interlocutors confirmed their support for future Mission activities and that Mission activities are complementary to other international efforts.


  • (15 October 2008) Head of Mission received a delegation from the Security and Defence Committee of the Iraqi Parliament. The Committee which represents a wide range of Iraqi ethnic and political backgrounds informed the Head of Mission, through its Chairman, that the Mission had already made a significant contribution to important improvements in the leadership of the police and other criminal justice services which are now being witnessed in Iraq. The delegation provided excellent information on recent developments in Iraq and was briefed by Head of Mission on current Mission developments.
  • (10 October 2008) Head of Mission, Stephen White and Human Rights Expert of the Mission, Leslie Wilmart Angelo, attended the conference co-organised by the French Presidency and UNIFEM on "From Commitment  to Action, the EU Delivering to women in conflict and post-conflict. Implementing SCR 1325 and 1820 in EU Missions: improving immediate and long-term security for women". The conference was opened by the French Minister of State, Responsible for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights. The Minister of State highlighted the important role women have to play in peace processes and the need for the EU to protect women against violence and sexual violence. The Minister called on the EU to take further action in the promotion of the role of women in EU Missions and the protection of women in war.
    Mr White introduced the EUJUST LEX Mission and emphasised the importance of the role of leadership and taking a proactive approach to enabling women to achieve leadership positions within ESDP Missions and in the host nation's Criminal Justice System. He described the successful strategy adopted by EUJUST LEX which has resulted in almost 40% of EUJUST LEX Mission Staff positions being held by women, ranging from administration to political advisor and rule of law experts. As a result of the Mission's gender strategy, the number of Iraqi female participants on EUJUST LEX training interventions has significantly increased in the current operational phase of the Mission.
  • (19-21 August 2008) Stephen White visited the EUPOL COPPS Mission in Ramallah to exchange, with its Head of Mission, information on each other's mission's current activities, training curricula, best practices and achievements.


  • (14-18 August 2008) Head of Mission held very productive meetings in Northern Iraq with the Kurdish Regional Government's Prime Minister, Head of Department of Foreign Relations, Minister of Interior, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Minister of Justice and Vice President of the Judicial Council. The aim of the meetings was to strengthen existing relationships, provide an update on current Mission achievements, receive firsthand information on recent developments in the Kurdish Criminal Justice System and discuss possible Mission activities in the future. Mr White also met with senior penitentiary officials, visited several prison facilities in Sulaymaniyah and held discussions with former course participants from the Kurdish Correctional Service.


  • (11-12 August 2008) In Baghdad, Head of Mission Stephen White had fruitful meetings with the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Interior, Deputy Minister of Justice, and Chief Justice to strengthen relationships, to receive firsthand accounts of rule of law and security developments and discuss possible future Mission interventions. Head of Mission briefed EU Ambassadors and the European Commission on Mission developments. He also visited the Ministry of Interior Higher Institute and the Baghdad Police Academy to build on previous Mission involvement and support to those institutions.


    (15-19 July 2008) Following an invitation by Head of Mission, the Iraqi acting Minister of Justice, Safa Aldeen M. Al-Safi attended an EUJUST LEX penitentiary course. The visit provided an invaluable opportunity for the Minister to interact with EUJUST LEX Mission staff and penitentiary experts from the Member State. During the visit the Minister expressed his gratitude to the Member State course organisers and his support for the Mission programme for the Iraqi Correctional Service, desiring it to be continued after June 2009.
  • (10 July 2008) Head of Mission Stephen White is pleased to announce that the Mission has reached the milestone of training the 500th judicial student. The 500th representative of the Iraqi Judiciary participated in an EUJUST LEX course on Forensic Science (Serious Crime & Modern Techniques of Investigation.)
  • (20 June) Head of Mission received the visit of the Iraqi Minister of Interior Jawad Al-Bolani. During the visit Mission staff had the opportunity to discuss the ongoing reform in the Iraqi Police Service, and identify Iraqi needs and cooperation with EUJUST LEX. The meeting strengthened existing relationships and ensured Iraqi involvement in future planning.
  • (12 June) Head of Mission and senior staff observed police training methods during a UK led Iraqi Police Leadership Training Programme, and had an exchange of information and best practices with the programme organisers.
  • (30 May) The Head of Mission is delighted to mark the important milestone of the 1500th Iraqi student participating in EUJUST LEX courses. This achievement was celebrated at the closing ceremony of the EUJUST LEX specialist police course in Spain which was attended by Deputy Head of Mission.
  • (21 May) Deputy Head of Mission attended an International Rule of Law Conference, where he presented the practical aspects and lessons learned on the EUJUST LEX Mission to an international audience.
  • (12-16 May 2008) Head of Mission Stephen White participated in the 15th Annual Meeting on "Police Without Borders: The Fading Distinction Between Local & Global," held by the International Police Executive Symposium in Ohio, the USA. Mr White gave a lecture on "Democratic Policing in an Emerging Democracy" and promoted the EUJUST LEX Mission.
  • (10-12 May 2008) Deputy Head of Mission Simon van der Schenk participated in a workshop on organised crime, held by ISISC - the Italian based International Institute for Higher Studies in Criminal Science. The workshop was attended by a group of senior Iraqi criminal justice professionals and included several international experts. Deputy Head of Mission gave a presentation on the EUJUST LEX Mission and on 'Integrated Efforts to Combating Organised Crime'.
  • (16 April 2008) During a visit to the Council of the European Union, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and a high profile delegation were hosted to a working lunch by the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union Javier Solana. Head of Mission Stephen White accompanied Dr. Solana to the lunch where the Prime Minister praised the work of EUJUST LEX. The Prime Minister said that before coming to Brussels, he was briefed on the Mission by Chief Justice Madhat Al-Mahmood who said that Iraq needs a strong and independent judiciary and that the European Union is strongly supporting this process through EUJUST LEX. The Prime Minister expressed his hopes that EUJUST LEX will be continued. SGHR Javier Solana agreed that this would be the case.
  • (6-8 April 2008) Head of Mission Stephen White participated in the IACP (International Association of Chief of Police) annual European conference held in Istanbul and hosted by the Turkish National Police. The theme of the conference was "Responding to Trans-National Crime Through Inter-Organizational Cooperation"; during the conference Head of Mission was able to explain the Mission's aims and raise its visibility.
  • (1-3 April 2008) During the period 1-3 April 2008, EUJUST LEX Mission held a successful Judicial Planning Seminar in Brussels, with the participation of Mission Judicial Experts, Course Organisers and representatives from several Member States. The Seminar was attended by his Excellency Madhat Al-Mahmood, Chief of Justice and President of the Higher Judicial Council. The aim of the Seminar was to review future judiciary courses addressing the needs of the Iraqi Criminal Justice System. Conclusions and recommendations from the Seminar included the following new topics for the course programmes:
    J1- Human Rights and Fair Trial: Juvenile Justice
    J2- Financial Crime: Money Laundering
    J3- Forensic Science: Serious Crime and Modern Techniques of Investigation
  • (29 February 2008) Head of Mission held a series of meetings and briefings with senior Iraqi stakeholders to present the outline programme of Mission activities for 2008-2009. He received strong endorsement for the Mission's future plans, and new ideas and requests for the Mission and Member States to consider. Iraqi interlocutors unanimously expressed appreciation for Member States' future contributions to the third phase. The meetings strengthened existing relationships ensuring closer collaboration between the Mission and the Iraqi authorities. To ensure coordination of efforts he also met international actors in the field of Criminal Justice support to the Republic of Iraq.
  • (1 February 2008) On 31 January, 2008 the Mission held a Planning Seminar with the aim of discussing with Member States training developments, new training curricula, plans and timetables for the third operational phase. The Seminar was attended by a large number of Member States' representatives and course organisers who positively endorsed the Mission and offered more than 50 EUJUST LEX courses and Work Experience Secondments for 2008-2009.
  • (14 January 2008) On 1 January 2008 the EUJUST LEX Mission entered into its third operational phase (18 months up to 30 June 2009). Head of Mission welcomed some new staff members, expanding Member State representation to 14 European nationalities among Mission staff.

2007

31.12.2007 - News in brief for 2007

  • (5 December 2007) Head of Mission met with the Director of the Czech Judicial Academy, who had provided independent evaluation of EUJUST LEX judicial courses.
  • (4 December 2007) Head of Mission presented EUJUST LEX as a case study of ESDP in action to an international audience of participants at the High Level Course in the European Security and Defence College of Brno, Czech Republic.
  • (21 November 2007) An ESDP Medal Award Ceremony was held in recognition of current and former staff for their personal contribution to the success of the EUJUST LEX Mission. The Iraqi Ambassador to the EU, Mohammed Al-Doreky, attended the ceremony where he made a speech appreciating the Missions efforts, and SG/HR Javier Solana met with medal recipients.
  • (21 November 2007) Head of Mission received a letter from the Iraqi Government recording their agreement and pleasure that the Mission is extended to June 2009.
  • (20 November 2007) Head of Mission accompanied SG/HR in a meeting with the Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari, during which EUJUST LEX's work was complimented.
  • (19 November 2007) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, Hoshyar Zebari, addressed the GAERC on 19 November and in his speech made specific mention of the EUJUST LEX Mission and "its tremendous ongoing efforts" and thanked the EU for its extension.
  • (9 November 2007) In Iraq Head of Mission and Mission staff held a series of successful meetings with Iraqi Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Interior, the European Commission delegation, and members of the International Community. The visit succeeded in further strengthening existing relationships with the Iraqi Government, receiving valuable feedback and new ideas on courses and promoting complementarity in rule of law activities.
  • (30 October 2007) Head of Mission met with high representatives of the Czech Police, the National Security Authority, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Justice as well as experts involved in the evaluation process of EUJUST LEX judicial courses. He also opened the meeting of the Committee for Coordination of Foreign Security Policy. The Czech representatives reassured Head of Mission that EUJUST LEX remains among the priorities of Czech foreign policy and that the Czech Republic will continue to support the Mission during the extended mandate, including the contribution of seconded national experts, both in Brussels and Baghdad, crucial to the success of the Mission.
  • (29 October 2007) Head of Mission and Mission staff met a senior delegation from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and the Higher Institute and discussed Iraqi needs and cooperation with EUJUST LEX. The meeting strengthened existing relationships and ensured Iraqi involvement in future planning.
  • (23 October 2007) A penitentiary evaluation seminar, involving senior staff from the Iraqi Correctional Service who participated in past EUJUST LEX training initiatives from June 2006 through June 2007, was conducted successfully. Thanks to the presence and cooperation of the Iraqi Ministry of Justice and several European penitentiary experts, the Mission gathered valuable feedback on its training interventions and has a good understanding of future training needs and priorities of the Iraqi Correctional Service. This information will assist the Mission and Member States in planning for the next 18 months of penitentiary training initiatives. This seminar was the third and final part of the evaluation activities of recent months, culminating in a report that will be presented to the EU Member States.
  • (18 October 2007) Head of Mission attended the Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, held 13-16 October 2007 in the USA, where he has been invited to give a presentation on the Mission to senior police officers from all over the world, including Europe and the Middle East.
  • (25 September 2007) The Political and Security Committee of the Council of the EU decided that the EUJUST LEX Mission will be extended beyond December 2007. After presentations from the Head of Mission, discussions in the EU's Civilan Crisis management Committee, analysis of the Mission's achievements to date, and considerations on Iraq's future needs, the decison was announced to extend the Mission by a further 18 months. This extension to the Mission's mandate takes its operational phase up to 30 June 2009. Head of Mission, Stephen White, expressed his satisfaction with the decison stating, "It proves that EUJUST LEX is playing a significant role in supporting necessary reforms in Iraq's criminal justice system. Importantly it is doing so in full partnership with the Iraqi Government, its ministries and its institutions. I am delighted that the EU Member States are fully engaged in this process and support the continuance of the programme of  activities beyond 2007".
  • (14 September 2007) Over the course of summer 2007, the Mission successfully conducted two evaluation seminars that involved former police and judicial EUJUST LEX course participants, their superiors and international experts. Both seminars produced a substantial amount of data and feedback, which the Mission will compile, analyse and present to EU Member States. All aspects of the feedback will guide the future developments of the Mission and its interventions.
  • (10 September 2007) Head of Mission is pleased to announce that to date 25 out of 27 EU Member States are/have been involved in the EUJUST LEX Mission.
  • (7 September 2007) The Report of the Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq, released and presented by General Jones before US Congress on the 6th September, makes reference to EUJUST LEX on page 107. "A new focus on developing the rule of law in Iraq could build on ongoing Coalition initiatives, such as the relatively new rule of law compound that establishes a "safe zone" for members of the judiciary and their families, as well as the European Union rule of law mission in Iraq (EUJUST LEX) that has trained almost 1,500 senior Iraqi criminal justice officials."
  • (7 September 2007) Head of Mission is delighted to announce that the Mission reached the important milestone of having facilitated 50 EUJUST LEX courses and three "work-experience secondments", bringing the total number of Iraqi students to 1244.
  • (30 July 2007) The Head of Mission held meetings with the Iraqi Government and criminal justice authorities, international police and rule of law advisors, and the UN Human Rights Office. The visit succeeded in further strengthening existing relationships with the Iraqi Government, receiving valuable feedback and new ideas on courses and promoting complementarity in rule of law activities.
  • (16 July 2007) On the 13th, 14th and 15th of July Head of Mission attended a conference on the future of EU CFSP Common Foreign Security Policy. He presented to an international audience the practical aspects and lessons learned on the EUJUST LEX Mission.
  • (9 July 2007) The very first single discipline Forensic Science Course was successfully held in July. 11 Iraqi investigative judges and 1 prosecutor were exposed to European best practices and new developments in the area of Forensic Science. The Iraqis appreciated the special emphasis placed on practical skills and case studies. This enabled the Iraqi judiciary to better understand the role and importance of Forensic Science in an effective criminal justice system.
  • (20 April) The Head of Mission is delighted to mark the important milestone of the 1000th Iraqi student participating in EUJUST LEX courses. This achievement was celebrated at the closing ceremony of the EUJUST LEX specialist police course in Germany which was attended by HoM and the Deputy Ambassador of Iraq to Germany.
  • (15 March 2007) The final "Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Rule of Law and Justice in Iraq" has been adopted by key representatives of the Iraqi Criminal Justice System. It is hoped that this plan will guide current and future assistance to Iraq's CJS. Head of Mission and Political Adviser participated in the ISISC-facilitated conference that included the Iraqi Minister of Justice, the Chief Justice, and representatives of the Ministry of Interior, Prime MInister and President.
  • (23 January 2007) The Head of Mission is delighted that both newly acceding countries to the EU, i.e. Romania and Bulgaria, have already indicated interest to hold courses. He welcomes the Romanian decision to second a national expert to the EUJUST LEX team.

2006

31.12.2006 - News in brief for 2006

  • (19 December 2006) Following continued Mission consultations with the Iraqi Government, it is clear that support for the Mission remains unanimous. The Head of Mission is reassured that the Mission continues to add value to rule of law reforms and that its contributions are compliementing overall Iraqi and International Community efforts.
  • (10 December 2006) The first ever Penitentiary Work Experience Secondment and the first single discipline Penitentiary Course of the extended Mission have been successfully concluded. In total 26 senior penitentiary officials from the Iraqi Correctional Services were trained in European best practice, and, all students have since safely returned to Iraq.
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