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International Criminal Law

January 18, 2017

18th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law

 International and Transnational Crimes

Siracusa, Italy, May 27- June 4, 2018

dedicated to the memory of Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni (1937-2017)

The 2018 Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on ‘International and Transnational Crimes’ was held in Siracusa from May 27th until June 4th, 2018 and dedicated to the memory of prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni (1937-2017). The course was sponsored by the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP – France), the University of Palermo Department of Law (Italy), the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland (Galway, Ireland) and the Middlesex University Department of Law (London, UK).

The Specialization Course was attended by 39 participants from all over the world, from Afghanistan to Brazil, from Rwanda to Ethiopia. English was the official language of the course. These individuals are recent law graduates, practitioners, academics or students, currently pursuing higher education or careers in the fields of international criminal law and international relations. Twenty-four different countries, as well as twenty-two different Universities, were represented among the participants involved in the Specialization Course. The course was taught and attended by twelve distinguished faculty members.

The Specialization Course included all day lecture sessions as well as a Small Group Exercise and a Moot Court Competition. At the end of the Course, all the participants attended 14 working sessions for a total of 42 actual academic contact hours. The lectures involved the following topics:

  • Theorizing International Criminality

  • Historic Criminalization at the International Level: Piracy and Slavery

  • Screening of the Documentary Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity

  • Core Crimes of the International Criminal Tribunals

  • Gender Crimes, Including Trafficking and Sexual Violence

  • Cinema and International Justice: The Nuremberg Trial

  • Transnational Crimes: Illicit Trade and Drug Crimes

  • Crimes against Cultural Property

  • Cybercrime

  • Treaty Crimes and Human Rights Law: Torture, Apartheid and Enforced

  • Disappearance

  • Terrorism as an International Crime

  • Transitional Justice Systems in Colombia in relation to ICC-Rome Statute

  • Fighting against Illicit Trafficking in Protected Wildlife



During the moot court competition, the participants were divided into teams of two or three. The moot court competition culminated with a final round, which involved the top three teams from the preliminary rounds. The oral arguments took place before a panel of 4 faculty member judges. Moot court competition awards were given to the winning team, and to the runners up.

The winners of the competition were:

Ms. Elizabeth Paradis (Canada)

Ms. Isabel Haider (Austria)


The second and third best team winners were:

Mr. Nabil Orina (Kenya)

Ms. Margarita Yordanova (Bulgaria)

Ms. Kritika Sharma (India)

Ms. Lina Rodriguez Revilla (Colombia)

At the conclusion of the Specialization Course, there was an awards ceremony. Ms. Elizabeth Paradis (Canada) and Ms. Kritika Sharma (India) were awarded with the Best Oralist award. Moreover, every participant in the Specialization Course received a certificate of attendance to the course.