The 14th and 15th of May 2019 saw the AIRE Centre and Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) organise a regional event for judges and prosecutors on effective asset recovery. This event was part of a wider long-term project to support the fight against these problems in South East Europe which involves six countries from the region.

The two-day event was attended by over thirty participants, mostly senior judges and prosecutors, from over ten countries. Regional and international experts held training sessions on international standards of asset recovery and their practical application to the region. Speakers included academic specialists on criminology and security studies, a former judge on the European Court of Human Rights, and a judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Serbia. The event was also attended by AIRE Centre Programme Manager for the Western Balkans, Biljana Braithwaite, and the British Ambassador to Montenegro, Alison Kemp.

The event was only the first of three training events on the topic of effective asset recovery, held as part of the two-year regional project organised by the AIRE Centre and RAI entitled “Strengthening anti-corruption in South East Europe through improving asset seizure measures”. This regional project is funded by the UK Government, supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and will run from November 2018 until November 2020. The project is focussed on fostering regional cooperation through strengthening the capacities of prosecutors and courts to engage in effective asset recovery, developing international and regional cooperation in the asset recovery process, and addressing the strong negative public perception that surrounds the fight against corruption and organised crime throughout the region.

You can read the final agenda and press release below: