ATbar Benichou, David (The Honorable Judge)

Benichou, David (The Honorable Judge)

Senior Criminal Investigation Judge, Counter-terrorism Unit, Court of First Instance, Paris, France

Judge Benichou's judicial experience includes:

2012:  Court of First Instance of Paris, Counter-terrorism and Threats to National Security Unit (Senior Criminal Investigation Judge)

  • Radical Islam / international terrorism / PKK (separatist terrorist organization)

2011:  Court of First Instance of Paris, Interregional Serious Economic and Financial Crimes Unit (Senior Criminal Investigation Judge)

  • Organised crime, serious fraud, laundering, corruption
  • Cybercrime, counterfeiting

2008-2011: Court of First Instance of Nanterre, France, Senior Criminal Investigation Judge

  • General crimes (young offenders, serious crimes, drug trafficking)
  • Corporate criminal law (Fraudulent insolvency of a major French industrial group)

2006-2007     French Ministry of Justice (Advisor to the Secretary General)

  • Launched e-filing for criminal cases
  • Liaison in relation to the protection of individual liberties in computing matters

2004-2005 Court of First Instance of Paris, Financial Unit (Criminal Investigation Judge)

  • Trafficking / sectarian movements / electronic espionage

2001-2004 Central Prosecution Services of the Paris Court of Appeal (Deputy Secretary General)

  • Modernising of prosecution services within the District
  •  Interregional Advisor on Criminal Policy

1999-2001 Court of Appeal of Rennes (junior prosecutor)

  • Junior prosecutor in six prosecution offices within the District of Rennes (Nantes, Rennes, Quimper, Saint Brieuc, Saint Malo, Vannes)

Judge Benichou hold a Master in Law (arbitration and litigation) from the University of Paris II Panthéon Sorbonne (1996(, Law studies at the University of Cergy-Pontoise from 1991 to 1995, and A’levels / Baccalaureate (sciences) 1990.

Other activities include, Lecturer et head of various legal training sessions in France and abroad, and publications (Journal in Computer Virology, Dalloz, British Institute of International &Comparative Law), as well as several cooperation missions and assignments / training (Europe, Asia, Middle-East).

Judge Benichou speaks French, certified level of English: C1 BULATS in 2008 (fluent), as well as basic German and Hebrew.

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