Amicus Legal Consultants was engaged by the Global Center for Cooperative Security (US) in 2015 to develop a detailed manual on ‘Using and Protecting Intelligence Information in Criminal Justice Sector-Led Investigations and Prosecutions for Trainers’.

Based on the manual, Martin Polaine and Arvinder Sambei designed & delivered a workshop for criminal justice stakeholders held in Malta in partnership with the IIJ. The participants attending included representatives from training institutes, intelligence agencies, investigators, and prosecutors/investigating magistrates from a number of Francophone countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Niger and Tunisia.

Based on the success of the Solve methodology (Solve: Immersive & Solve: Interactive) at the November 2015 workshop the participants were engaged in a 5 day immersive exercise, which was created and designed by Amicus Legal Consultants to draw out the issues relevant to the course.

During the course of the immersive exercise, participants were introduced to the role of intelligence and international good practice developed through national systems and Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) on intelligence gathering, handling of intelligence and developing intelligence into evidence. As the use of covert means is central to intelligence gathering, human rights principles (legality, necessity & proportionality) need to be taken into account when applying for, or authorising, the deployment of special investigative means (SIMs). The discussions focussed on the practical application of these principles and the questions those authorising should ask in order to satisfy themselves that the request for SIMs is both necessary & proportionate.

In addition to the substantive topics, participants were also given a briefing on various training methodologies (immersive exercises, case studies, role play and presentations), the importance of recording decisions and rationale to enhance transparency and accountability, the need for a single lead in conducting complex investigations and creation of service wide templates to ensure consistency in approach.

The IIJ summary of the event can be viewed here, while the Global Center for Coorperative Security's  is here.

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