International Conference: Criminal Justice Organisation and Management to be debated in Dili

Rule of Law

The Support Project for the Consolidation of the Rule of Law and the Court of Appeal of East Timor put on the conference “Criminal Justice Governance and Organisation”, which took place on Tuesday, 6 March, at Hotel Novo Turismo, in Dili, with the support of the European Union and Camões – Instituto da Cooperation e da Língua, I.P.

The initiative, with the participation of Timorese speakers and international experts, reflected on the challenges that criminal police bodies and courts face in light of the growth of organised, complex, global and economic-financial crime.

In view of the need to find rapid, effective, concerted and economically sustainable responses to the way crimes are investigated and judged, the debate focused on strengthening the mechanisms and structures of governance, organisation and management of criminal justice, from the top level of government strategy and public policies, to investigatory, evidentiary and jurisdictional tasks.

The programme featured such names as José Lopes da Mota, a judge and advisor to the Supreme Court of Justice (Portugal), Jorge Graça, a jurist and former president of the defunct Commission for Legislative and Justice Sector Reform (East Timor), Conceição Gomes, Coordinator of the Permanent Observatory of Portuguese Justice of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal), João Carlos Trindade, judge and advisor to the Supreme Court (Mozambique), Marcelo Piragibe, Director of the National School of Magistracy (Brazil), Diogo Ravara, judge and José Mouraz Lopes, judge and Nuno Coelho, reporting judge, both PACED scientific advisors.

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