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EU Advisory Mission delivers advanced course in advocacy to the National Prosecution Academy of Ukraine

April 15, 2019

Last week, the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine (EUAM) delivered an advanced course in trial advocacy to the National Prosecution Academy of Ukraine (NPAU) and the country’s General Prosecutor’s Office (GPO).

The term “advocacy” is used in this sense to describe the skills needed by prosecutors to present evidence and cross-examine witnesses taking the stand during courtroom trials.

This advanced course in trial advocacy builds upon the pilot project implemented by the EUAM Regional Presence in Odesa last autumn.

The course was delivered together with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy, based in London, and senior legal experts from the United Kingdom.

Jonathan Ratel, the EUAM’s Senior Advisor on Prosecution, remarked: “The aim of this advocacy course is to provide solid foundation for novel approaches to the conduct of prosecutions in Ukraine, including a renewed focus on the vital importance of witnesses and viva voce evidence throughout the criminal trial process. The advocacy course provides prosecutors in Ukraine with a grounding in modern concepts of fair trial process, transparency and equality of arms in criminal procedure.”

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