Pretoria, South Africa – In a first for prosecutors worldwide, the Counter Terrorism Prosecutors Network (CTPN) was launched on 14 September. Terrorism is a global problem that requires a globalised response, including through cooperation between states and their criminal justice agencies. ‘CTPN will help combat terrorism by providing avenues for collaboration between states in the prosecution of terrorism cases,’ said André Vandoren, CTPN board member and Deputy Prosecutor General of Belgium.
A virtual network of prosecutors working on terrorism cases, CTPN provides a valuable forum in which prosecutors from around the world can exchange experiences and identify common challenges and how to address them.
‘Eurojust is committed to providing the support to CTPN necessary for the network to share best practices in dealing with the effective prosecution of terrorism cases,’ said Michèle Coninsx, CTPN board member and President of Eurojust.
The network was launched at the 20th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) in Zurich, Switzerland. It has been established under the auspices of the IAP in partnership with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).