Bratislava, Slovakia - 26 to 27 June 2012

The workshop served to improve prosecutors’ understanding of the Basel Convention provisions relating to the illegal traffic of hazardous wastes and other wastes, promote information exchange between prosecutors on environmental cases, and increase prosecutors’ awareness of existing networks of prosecutors, or stimulating the formation of new networks of prosecutors dealing with environmental matters, in particular the illegal traffic of hazardous wastes and other wastes.

Participants participated in interactive sessions dealing with case studies illustrating the range of issues a prosecutor may be confronted to when prosecuting a case of illegal traffic in hazardous or other wastes. They also discussed the institutional challenges in prosecuting cases of illegal traffic of hazardous and other wastes under the Basel Convention and possible ways to overcome these challenges.

The workshop was organized by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention with support from with the Basel Convention Regional Centre in Bratislava, Slovakia.


Prosecutors play a key role in ensuring that any criminal proceedings pertaining to alleged cases of illegal traffic are successfully brought forward and handled. Ultimately, proper prosecution will ensure that the rule of law is upheld, that justice is served and that communities and the environment are protected against the harmful consequences of improperly managed transboundary movement and disposal of hazardous and other wastes. With this in mind, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention mandated the development of an instruction manual on the prosecution of illegal traffic in hazardous wastes and other wastes, a manual that was approved during its tenth meeting in October 2011. At that time, the Conference of the Parties also requested the Secretariat of the Basel Convention to organize training activities for prosecutors, based on the manual.

The workshop for Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Countries on the Prosecution of Illegal Traffic of Hazardous Wastes and Other wastes under the Basel Convention, Bratislava, is the first of a series of two workshops that will be organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions over the period 2012-2013, with the financial support from the European Union.

Meeting report

Download the report of the meeting.


Items: 12 
Outcome of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability1.3 MB
Experiences from the Montreal Protocol: prosecutors as one element of the enforcement chain2.44 MB
Successes and challenges in prosecuting illegal trade: Experience gained under the Montreal Protocol5.06 MB
Introduction to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the role of prosecutors networks in combating environmental crimes814.52 K
Engaging prosecutors in combating environmental crime: the Spanish experience183.61 K
The control procedure for transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes, and illegal traffic of hazardous wastes and other wastes252.55 K
The Waste Shipment Regulation and the legal framework in the United Kingdom1.24 MB
Serbia's example of the national legal framework87.84 K
Prosecuting a suspected case of illegal traffic209.11 K
Experiences and lessons learned in the United Kingdom4.91 MB
The role and value of enforcement networks124.36 K
The European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law transfrontier shipment of waste (IMPEL TFS) network of prosecutors143.97 K

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Background reading

  • Text of the Basel Convention (English, Russian)
  • Basel Convention Training Manual on Illegal Traffic for Customs and Enforcement Agencies (English, Russian)
  • Instruction manual for the legal profession on the prosecution of illegal traffic (English, Russian)
  • Illegal traffic under the Basel Convention - leaflet (English, Russian)
  • Controlling transboundary movements of hazardous wastes - leaflet (English, Russian)