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The Siracusa Institute’s International Defence Counsel Training Programme officially starts on May 15, with its first Course on “Fundamentals on Defence Rights Before International Courts”. The Course will last until May 19. The Fundamentals Course is designed for  lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists appointed to defend clients in cases before international courts and tribunals such as the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights and the so-called hybrid international criminal tribunals. The Fundamentals Course will also train professionals dealing with investigations and litigation related to transnational crimes, as well as those engaged in human rights protection through other legal processes, justice sector reform and technical assistance programmes.

At the opening ceremony, participants will be welcomed by by Mr. Jean-François Thony, President of the Siracusa Institute and Mr. Andrea Chmieliński Bigazzi, Programme Director, while Christine Van den Wyngaert, Judge at the International Criminal Court, will be the Guest of Honour.

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