Adjudication of Transnational Crimes: Environmental Law Crimes in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe

Adjudication of Transnational Crimes: Environmental Law Crimes in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe

CEELI Training 2022

15 August – 3 September 2022


This 3-week blended learning course is designed for judges handling cases involving transnational environmental crimes. We will use environmental crimes case studies that involve both domestic and international law. It will examine the challenges of adjudicating such crimes, including cross-border issues, determining individual and state responsibility, and the limitations of international law in addressing obligations of non-state actors such as businesses and transnational corporations.

Our faculty, comprised of European and African judges together with professional and academic experts, will explore the relevant law and issues for judges to consider when dealing with environmental cases.


  • Encourage regional dialogue between judges in Africa and Europe on the adjudication of environmental crimes.
  • Analyse the international standards in adjudicating crimes, and linkages between human rights law and the environment, obliging them to think strategically and pro-actively in the changing world of environmental crimes to promote trust and confidence in the judiciary.
  • Identify training and other resources needed by the judiciary when dealing with environmental crimes.



  • Enhance the overall competencies of judges to adjudicate environmental cases objectively.
  • Increase levels of understanding of the various types of environmental crimes that can be prosecuted.
  • Provide an overview of international and regional standards and specialized institutions on environmental crimes.
  • Examine the role of the judiciary in environmental crime cases and what further supports are necessary to strengthen capacity in this area.



  • What is an environmental crime?
  • What international standards apply?
  • Individual, state, and corporate responsibility.
  • How to prosecute crimes through the courts, including the role of the police and prosecution.
  • Sentencing options in environmental crimes.
  • Cross border challenges.
  • The role of the courts.



The blended course has two components: the first component which is online and the second component which is in-person and will take place in Prague at the CEELI Institute.

Online: 15 –31 August 2022:

 Using our dedicated learning platform CEELI online, we will propose a light-touch engagement two weeks before the Workshop. The purpose of this online component is to:

  • Enable participants to introduce each other and get to know their fellow participants’ backgrounds.
  • Gather basic information on the understanding and experiences of the participants of the issues in order to further assist Faculty in the preparation of the content of the workshop.
  • Identify areas of focus for the workshop.
  • Provide a platform through which the Faculty and participants can start to share resources and interact.
  • Invite participants to a live webinar panel session one week prior to the workshop, with key experts from Africa and Europe, to introduce the issues and provide a brief overview of key points.

In-person: 02 – 03 September 2022:

This two-day workshop will take place onsite at the CEELI Institute in Villa Grébovka, Prague, from Thursday evening to Saturday late afternoon. The teaching and learning methodology employed will consist of mini-talks and lectures, group discussion, presentations, role play, and panels, along with ample time for informal networking opportunities. A central goal of our approach is to facilitate regional and international knowledge and exchange. The workshop will enable judges to develop and export successful models for addressing issues related to judicial performance, ethics, and independence.



The workshop is open to judges from the African Judicial Exchange Network and the Central and Eastern European Judicial Exchange Network. Experience in environmental law or adjudicating environmental cases is a plus. The training will be conducted in English.

To apply, please complete the online course application form by 9:00 am CEST on 4 July 2022.



The international faculty will include judges, academics, researchers, and other subject matter experts.

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