On 7 and 8 October 2014, EUCAP Nestor, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice andPenitentiary affairs of Djibouti, organized a workshop for legal drafters in the region in the particular field of maritime security.
The conference was opened by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, Abdi Hersi, and EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins. Ali Mirah, Director of Maritime Affairs co-chaired the two-day conference as an expert on maritime safety in Djibouti, together with the head of EUCAP Nestor legal program, Nathalia Berkowitz.
This regional legal workshop is the first of its kind organized by EUCAP Nestor for legal drafters,and follows two other regional workshops for judges and prosecutors. It includes the legal drafters of Djibouti, Somalia and its regions, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius and Kenya and gives them the opportunity to exchange best practices and share information aims.
During the workshop, various issues were addressed and discussed by the group as existing on piracy and maritime crime laws in the countries represented. Group work focused on theexchange of good practice looking at the organization and the challenges of writing legislation inthis area and allowed the participants to discuss each topic and share their knowledge.
“The goal of this two-day workshop is to bring to the table the experts responsible for draftinglegislation in the countries of the region,” said the secretary general of the Ministry of Justice,Abdi Hersi at his opening speech. “This meeting will provide an opportunity to share experiences, identify potential legal problems you may face and the solutions that you could findin each country to facilitate the resolution of these issues. Workshop is also an opportunity foryou to know each other and strengthen our ties with neighboring countries to face the same types of crime. This is also an opportunity to learn from each other. ”
“As a regional mission, workshops like this are the heart of our mandate,” said the EUCAPNestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins. ”The exchange and discussion between expertsfrom the countries of the region on issues related to maritime security, such as piracy, illegal fishing or any violation occurring in the marine environment makes finding regional solutionstailored to the local situation. ”
The regional mission EUCAP Nestor, headquartered in Djibouti has the mandate to support the maritime capacities of States in the region, and so offers training, mentoring, and guidance inthree areas of expertise: legal, maritime, Police. Its Role : Assisting host countries to develop an autonomous capacity to strengthen, continuously, their maritime security, including the fightagainst piracy and maritime governance.
It operates in Djibouti, Somalia and its regions, Seychelles and Tanzania.