Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, with the support of the OSCE Mission in Serbia, held on the 2nd of December 2016, last out of four trainings “Monitoring, research and specifics of criminal trials for criminal offences with elements of corruption” in the renovated facilities of the House of Human Rights in Belgrade.Training was aimed at students of the final year at the Faculty of Law and students of master studies. It was organized as part of the project “Empowering students of law clinics to follow corruption trials”. The aim is to enpower students of legal clinics in law schools, and other interested law students, with the goal to strengthen independent monitoring of trials for criminal offenses with corruption element.
First part of the training was opened by Milan Antonijević, YUCOM’s director, who spoke about the goals of the project and previous YUCOM experiences in this area, and also about the legal nature of these trials. In the second part of the training, Milan Filipović, legal adviser at YUCOM, talked to students about the significance and the guidelines for monitoring trials for criminal acts with elements of corruption. Following this was a group workshop, where students analysed individual cases and the reports that stemmed from them.
Danijela Jokanović, Deputy Public Prosecutor at the First Basic Prosecutor’s Office, talked to students about the experiences and challenges public prosecutors face in prosecuting criminal acts with elements of corruption. The concluding lecture was held by Biljana Sinanović, Judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation, who familiarized students with the nature of criminal acts with elements of corruption and the specifics of presiding over court proceedings for these criminal acts. She also directed students towards things they should pay special attention to during the monitoring process.
The training was attended by 22 law students, who have observed trials for criminal offences with elements of corruption at the High Court in Belgrade.