How will COVID-19 affect prosecution services?

2020-08-05

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many countries have experienced significant changes in crime patterns, and criminal justice resources have been reallocated to deal with lockdown-related public order issues. Although the pandemic’s long-term consequences are difficult to predict, the implications for prosecution services will be far-reaching.

This seminar discusses the impact of COVID-19 on prosecutors and prosecution services. Speakers will consider: how prosecution services have tried to mitigate negative effects; the changing social, political and economic environments in which prosecutors work; and how the pandemic’s disruptions could accelerate prosecutorial reform and innovation.

Chair: Dr Martin Schönteich, Senior Advisor, Innovation & Policy Support Office, National Prosecuting Authority, SA

Speakers:

Bola Akinsete, Counsel, Ministry of Justice, Lagos State, Nigeria

Dr Marco Fabri, Research Director, National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

Daniela Cavallini, Associate Professor, Department of Political & Social Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

Dr Rasmus Wandall, Research Fellow, University of Lund, and previous General Counsel, International Association of Prosecutors

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