A few days ago a goup of twelve selected Afghan judges started an intensive theoretical and practical training course at "Tor Vergata" University in Rome. The course will last until the 27th of May and has been promoted by the University's Department of Law, under the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As explained by the Italian Ministry, "the course at Tor Vergata is designed to give the 12 Afghan participants an in-depth view of the Italian legal system through 40 hours of teaching and practical modules. Topics covered include investigation techniques, personal freedoms, detention and arrest, the general principles of a fair trial, cross examination, crimes against the public administration, and comparative Italian experience".
The training programme is linked to the bilateral Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Afghanistan (2013), and is aimed at building capacity in the Afghan legal system, improving access to justice and promoting respect for human rights, including the rights of women and minorities.