Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

Capacity building in international law for the Rwandan judiciary

Transfer cases dealing with the Rwandan genocide have been adjudicated in Rwanda since 2012, and the number of cases extradited from other countries continues to increase. The procedure in transfer cases is guided in significant part by the practice and substantive precedents set by international tribunals and international criminal jurisprudence. However, international criminal law is a complex and evolving field, and it is critical that Rwandan judges know how to research and apply the latest judicial precedents correctly and effectively.

IDLO is implementing a project to strengthen the capacity of the Rwandan judiciary in international criminal law. The project will cover substantive and procedural international criminal law, including the latest jurisprudential developments. Training sessions will address topics on substantive crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence crimes to enhance the capacity of judges dealing with such cases.