“We are the strongest supporter of training for Palestinian judges”

Yesterday, the Head of the EU Police and Rule of Law Mission for the Palestinian Territories, Kauko Aaltomaa met with the Director of the Palestinian Judicial Institute, Dr. Rasha Hammad.

The Head of Mission commended the excellent working relations between the Palestinian Judicial Institute and the Mission, and underlined the EU Member States increasing interest in the Palestinian justice sector. He emphasized the importance of continued enhancement of the Palestinian judge’s professional skills and reassured the Director, that the Mission is the strongest supporter of the Institute being the foremost training provider for judges, prosecutors and auxiliary judicial staff in Palestine.

“We aim to coordinate our trainings with the Palestinian Judicial Institute and, whenever possible, deliver them through the Palestinian Judicial Institute. And we ask other donors to do the same”, said the Head of Mission whilst advocating the principle of capacity enhancement being considered an integrated part of the judicial work sphere. “Professional training is in the best interest of the Palestinian judicial institutions and ultimately in the interest of the Palestinian people. To ensure that the skills of the judicial staff are up-to-date, it must be carefully considered to let professional training sessions take place within their regular working hours”, he said.

The meeting was also used to briefly discuss the Mission’s role in supporting the activities of the Institute in general and in particular complementing the undertakings and funding of other donors.

The Director expressed her gratitude for the Mission’s continuous support to the Institute as well as her appreciation of the cooperation with the Mission. She underlined the importance of the judges’ training, especially before they start hearing cases in the courts and underlined the need to continue these based on the needs of the institutions.

The Head of Mission was accompanied by the Deputy Head of the Rule of Law Section, Peter Stafverfeldt, and used the meeting to introduce the new Deputy Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, Dr. Katja Dominik, to the Director of the Palestinian Judicial Institute.

Top Photo: From Left: Director of the Palestinian Judicial Institute, Dr. Rasha Hammad; Head of the EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support, Kauko Aaltomaa; Deputy Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, Dr. Katja Dominik; Naila Younis, Acting General Director of the General Administration of training at the Palestinian Judicial Institute; and the Deputy Head of the Rule of Law Section, Peter Stafverfeldt.

Bottom Photo:  Director of the Palestinian Judicial Institute, Dr. Rasha Hammad preseted the newly refurbished training facilities of the Palestinian Judicial Institute to the Head and Deputy Head of Mission.