International Criminal Law Defence Seminar, Italy




The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) with the support of the Turin Bar Association and the International Association of Lawyers (Union Internationale des Avocats – UIA), will host a Seminar on International Criminal Law Defence at the Foundation of the Turin Bar Association (Fondazione dell’Avvocatura Torinese Fulvio Croce), located in the old town centre, from 22-25 April 2013.

The Seminar represents a unique opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of defence in the area of international criminal law, thanks to the participation of renowned experts.

The Seminar, delivered within the framework of the LL.M. in International Crime and Justice, jointly organized by UNICRI and University of Turin (UNITO), consists of lectures and practical exercises. Participants will attend an introductory session on International Criminal Law and procedure, the first day of the Seminar. They will then join the LL.M. students who come from 26 different countries for the remainder of the activities.

The Seminar is geared towards those interested in the practice of international criminal law whether in national or international courts, in addition to those who work with organizations involved in this area. More specifically, it is addressed to attorneys, legal and judicial personnel, law enforcement and governmental officers.

The Seminar will be held in English. Minimum entry requirements are a degree in law or equivalent qualifications, and a good command of both written and spoken English.

Course topics include:

•    Basic principles of International Criminal Law;
•    Introduction to the ICC Rules of Procedure and Evidence;
•    Introduction and overview of International Criminal Defence;
•    Defence Counsel qualifications and training – setting up a defence team;
•    Preparation of strategies for defence;
•    Defence investigations;
•    Purpose of disclosure and use of evidence;
•    Common challenges raised against the Prosecution’s case;
•    Sources of case law;
•    How to structure legal arguments;
•    Direct and cross-examination by the Defence;
•    Common grounds of appeal and how to preserve the record for appeal.

You can download the full programme here.

The trainers will be Ms. Colleen Rohan and Ms. Marie O’Leary, criminal defence attorneys practising before international tribunals.



1.    How to apply

Please complete and send the application form to [email protected] by 1 April 2013.
The results of the selection process will be communicated via e-mail, by 4 April 2013, while proof of payment should be sent to UNICRI by 9 April 2013.

Those requiring VISA and needing the Seminar Administrative Office assistance in facilitating its release are kindly requested to submit an early application and to notify the Seminar Administrative Office of this special need.
In this case, the application shall be submitted by 20 March 2013, and the full payment has to be finalized by 22 March 2013 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment by the same date).
Please consider that it usually takes at least 30 days to receive a VISA from Italian Embassies and Consulates.

2.    Fees and accommodation

•    General Registration fee: € 900
•    Fee for UIA Members and Turin Bar Members: € 800
The registration fee does not include meals and accommodation. The Seminar Administrative Office is available to provide assistance for those needing accommodation.
Complementary coffee breaks are included for the whole duration of the Seminar.

3.    Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available, covering registration fee, bed and breakfast for 5 nights in a single standard guest room.

4.    Certificate of participation

Lectures are held from Monday, 22 April, through Thursday, 25 April, from morning to afternoon.
Upon attendance of all the lectures and completion of the course, participants will receive a United Nations certificate of participation. Attendance is compulsory for the whole duration of the course.
Absence grounded on serious reasons may be considered at the Organizers discretion.

The Turin Bar Association releases 24 training credits to Italian Bar Members.

5.    Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of a participant cancellation, registration fees will not be refunded.

Contact Details

Further information can be requested from the Seminar Administrative Office:

Email: [email protected] (Please indicate “Defence Seminar” in the subject of the email)
Tel: (+39) 011 65 37 195 — (+39) 011 65 37 156 — (+39) 011 65 37 157

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