Webinar – Participation of Hate Crime Victims in Criminal Proceedings

Monday 4 April 2022, 11:00 – 12:30 CET, online (Europe)


Hate crime victims who chose to participate in criminal or civil proceedings must feel safe and supported each step of the way. They should have the opportunity to present the harm they have suffered, receive compensation and have the confidence that their procedural rights will be safeguarded. Regardless if the prosecution leads to conviction, it is imperative that hate crime victims have meaningful access to justice and can participate in the criminal proceedings.

The webinar is organized as part of the Enhancing Stakeholder Awareness and Resources for Hate Crime Victim Support (EStAR) project. It will promote hate crime victims’ active participation and adequate support provision during the criminal proceedings. Leading experts and practitioners in the field will provide insights into victims’ participation rights in different types of jurisdictions, provision of legal aid in criminal proceedings and international litigation. It will look at how hate crime victims should be supported during these proceedings, as well as offer professional perspectives and experiences on navigating the criminal justice system.


Ms. Suzan van der Aa, Professor of Criminal law and Criminal Procedure, Department Criminal Law and Criminology of Maastricht University

Mr. Krešimir Kamber, Lawyer at European Court of Human Rights, Directorate of Jurisconsult, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights

Mr. Michal Zálešák, Legal Consultant, European Roma Rights Centre, Attorney-in-law at the Slovak Bar of Attorneys

Mr. Lars-Arne Raffel, Social worker, ZEBRA – Centre for Victims of Right-Wing Attacks


If you are a criminal justice professional working to enhance your national hate crime victim support structures, a civil society representative working on hate crime victim support or have interest in criminal justice, please join the webinar (passcode: 20466000).


Find out more information here: https://www.osce.org/odihr/514198

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