Workshops

The programme of the PROVICTIMS Conference includes two sessions of three simultaneous workshop each.

The workshops focus on specific matters related to victims’ rights and the role of Public Prosecutors in ensuring such rights. The workshops will offer practical and methodological training on the issue at hand but also opportunities for professional and personal growth.

The workshops will be moderated by experts who will briefly present the subject matter and then encourage the participants to share their knowledge and experiences as well as the challenges they face in their daily practice.

The Conference’s participants can choose one of the three workshops in each day of the event at the time of registration. Choose your workshops here.

 

Workshops’
topics & moderators


Day 1

Workshop #1
Risk assessment

The aim of this workshop is to allow participants to debate the importance of performing a risk assessment as well as listing the positives consequences this assessment can have in what concerns the protection of victims during criminal investigations and criminal proceedings.

The aim of this workshop is to allow participants to debate the importance of performing a risk assessment as well as listing the positives consequences this assessment can have in what concerns the protection of victims during criminal investigations and criminal proceedings.

Rui do Carmo

Facilitator

Rui do Carmo was born on January 25, 1952 in Coimbra. Rui has a degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra and has worked as a Public Prosecutor in Alvaiázere, Anadia, Coimbra, Pombal and Tondela, with a special focus on criminal and family and minors matters, as well as the District Attorney-General of Coimbra.

Between 1989 and 1992 he was a member of the Superior Council of the Public Ministry. From 2001 to 2004 and from 2010 to 2011 he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Judicial Studies.

He was a professor at the Centre for Judicial Studies from 1997 to 2001, in the area of ​​criminal law and criminal procedure.

Between 2005 and 2010 he was Director of the Public Prosecution Jounral (Revista do Ministério Público) and, in 2004, Executive Director of the Journal of the Centre for Judicial Studies (“Revista do CEJ”).

He is a Professor of postgraduate courses at the Centre for Family Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra (since 2013) and Professor of the Masters in Judicial Law (since 2007) and in Family, Children and Succession Law (since 2013) at the Law School of the University of Minho.

He was the coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Technical Commission for the Improvement of the Prevention and Combat of Domestic Violence, created by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers nº 52/2019, published on June 3rd 2019.

He was part of the team of the Permanent Observatory of Portuguese Justice of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, which prepared the Portuguese contribution to the Fundamental Rights Report -2020, of the European Agency for Fundamental Rigths – FRA.

He served as a consultant for research projects at the Permanent Observatory of Portuguese Justice of the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, namely: “The Geography of Justice. Towards a new judicial map” (2006); “Penal Reform Monitoring” (2008); "Domestic violence. Evaluative study of judicial decisions” (2014). He integrated missions of the Council of Europe to support the organization of training of magistrates in Armenia, Bulgaria and Romania; and he has also participated in training projects for magistrates in Angola, Mozambique and Timor-Leste.

He has published several studies in the field of criminal law and criminal procedure, family and child law and judicial communication and language.

He currently holds the position of Coordinator of the Retrospective Analysis Team on Homicide in Domestic Violence, having been appointed by the Superior Council of the Public Ministry.

Workshop #2
Providing support to victims of crime: how to reach more victims

In this workshop focused on the provision of support to victims of crime it is intended that participants discuss the different ways and methods which can be used to support victims before, during and after criminal proceedings. Starting from the idea that one size does not fit all, in this workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss the need to adapt the way victims access and receive support according to their personal circumstances and needs.

Levent Altan

Facilitator

Levant Altan is the Executive Director at Victim Support Europe since November 2014.

Before joining Victim Support Europe, he worked as Principal Legal Adviser at Milieu Ltd, a multi-disciplinary consultancy, where he led a team running various multi-country projects on justice and home affairs.

Levant worked twice for the European Commission (DG Justice) as a national expert. During that time he was responsible for drafting and negotiating the EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.

Prior to this, Levent had been working for around 10 years as a UK civil servant in the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Cabinet Office.


Day 2

Workshop #3
The Role of Prosecutors in the
Promotion of Victims' Rights

In this workshop, the facilitator will share the experience of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in developing and implementing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on victims’ rights and the Irish legislation for all practitioners who are responsible for implementing the Victims’ Directive. After this introductory presentation, the purpose of this workshop is to consider and debate the importance of Public Prosecutors’ training on victims’ rights and needs as a vehicle for increasing their knowledge on these matters and for ensuring they are aware of victims’ rights and guarantee they are effectively respected during criminal proceedings.

To be determined

Facilitator

Workshop #4
Restorative Justice

This workshop aims at promoting a discussion on restorative justice practices as a path to victims’ recovery with a focus on Public Prosecutors role in this practices. Participants will have the chance to share details on the national legal regimes and practice in what concerns restorative justice and will be encouraged to pinpoint practical challenges.

José Ignacio Martinez Ruiz

Facilitator

Sónia Moreira Reis

Facilitator