On June 27, 2022, at the Auditório do Camões – Instituto da Cooperacao e da Língua, I.P., in Lisbon, at an event held on the sidelines of the Ocean Conference, the ceremony for the presentation of the translation into Portuguese of the Maritime Crime Manual took place: A Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners/ “Maritime Crime: Handbook for Criminal Justice Professionals” (3 ed.), prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
The translation into Portuguese of this manual was carried out within the scope of PACED – Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the PALOP and Timor-Leste, PALOP/TL, financed through the 10th European Development Fund of the European Union, co-financed and managed by Portuguese Cooperation through Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P., and will be available in digital format with free access on the UNODC website and here.
The public presentation of this work included the intervention of Fernando Loureiro Bastos, professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, scientific reviewer of this translation, who underlined its importance and the role it will play, not only in the academic training of professionals, but, essentially, as a practical aid tool for solving real cases.
For his part, Paulo Santos, Director of Services for European Political Affairs at the Directorate-General for Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomed the completion of an essential project for the strengthening of multilingualism in the United Nations system, and of the Portuguese language in particular, having also highlighted the usefulness of this translation for all actors of the judiciary in Portuguese-speaking countries.
Siri Njune, Head of UNODC’s Global Program Against Maritime Crime, valued the contribution of this translation to the success of training organized in Portuguese-speaking countries, also enhancing the future development of the tool itself, since the UNODC Manual does not substantiate a closed document.
Finally, the Vice-President of Camões, I.P., Cristina Moniz, highlighted this activity in the week in which the implementation of PACED is concluded, reinforcing the non-introverted essence that this project was able to adopt by establishing and enhancing the interception of results with other projects, international programs and organizations.
PACED aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in the PALOP and Timor-Leste, as well as the prevention and fight against corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular, drug trafficking.