KAMPALA – Research Assistants at the International Crimes Division (ICD) were early this week awarded certificates of completion after completing a two-month online course in International Law from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Coursera.
In a ceremony presided over by the head of ICD, Justice David Wangutusi, and witnessed by Justice Duncan Gaswaga, the six research assistants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to expand their knowledge base.
Justice Wangutusi thanked Judge Gaswaga for securing the opportunity and the researchers for enduring and getting done with the task. He equally encouraged the group to dig into the international sphere by enrolling on other programmes to become experts.
Additionally, they were encouraged to share their new knowledge with the Judges.
On his part, Justice Gaswaga said he was motivated to lobby for capacity building sessions for the researchers because of the unique cases handled by the Division. “The researchers needed more knowledge about war crime cases so I approached Prof. Micheal P. Scharf the Dean of the University School of Law on Coursera for support…”.
He added that Prof Scharf is keen to work with ICD on issues regarding international criminal law.
To the researchers, Justice Gaswaga said they were lucky to acquire certificates from such a reputable university which will up their skills and positively impact their work at the Division.
Assistant Director of Prosecution, Charles Kaamuli applauded Justice Gaswaga for such an initiative and appealed that such initiatives be extended to prosecutors as well, to enhance their knowledge about international criminal cases.
The ICD Deputy Registrar, Beatrice Stella Atingu, was also in attendance.