UAE Hosts Training on Victims’ Rights and Evidence Preservation

January 2011

In collaboration with the Ministry of Justice of the United Arab Emirates, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) provided training for nearly 50 judges and prosecutors on victims’ rights and the preservation of evidence.  A panel of international experts spent two days in Dubai addressing both topics. Professor Bennett Gershman of Pace University Law School spoke on victims and the criminal justice process and on the protection of victims’ rights during evidence collection. Jennifer Gentile Long of AEquitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women used her experience to present a sexual violence case file review and a victim-centered approach to evidence collection in sexual assault prosecutions. Finally, Marcel van Beest of the Netherlands Forensics Institute spoke on the collection of forensic evidence and on preserving a crime scene and protecting the dignity of all involved.  

The conference was funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and enjoyed substantial support and cooperation from the Emirati Ministry of Justice.  Following the request of the Ministry and participants, ABA ROLI will provide similar workshops in the coming months.

To learn more about our work in the United Arab Emirates, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@americanbar.org>.

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