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International Criminal Law

January 18, 2017

17th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law

The International Criminal Court at Fifteen

Siracusa, Italy, May 21-31, 2017

The 2017 Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on ‘The International Criminal Court at Fifteen’ was held in Siracusa from May 21st until May 31th, 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 41 participants from all over the world, from Australia to Burkina faso, from Japan to Ukraine. 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-six different countries, as well as seventeen different Universities, were represented among the participants involved in the Specialization Course. The course was taught and attended by thirteen distinguished faculty members.

The Specialization Course consisted of two parts, which included all day lecture sessions that were followed by a moot court competition. At the end of the Course, all the participants attended 13 working sessions for a total of 39 actual academic contact hours. The lectures involved the following topics:

  • Can the Court Make it to Thirty?
  • Complementary and Gravity: Theory and Practice
  • Victims at the ICC
  • Africa and the International Criminal Court
  • The Crime of Aggression under the Rome Statute of the ICC
  • Subject Matter Jurisdiction of the Court
  • Procedure and Evidence
  • Participation in Crimes

The second part of the course involved a moot court competition. During this competition, the participants were divided into teams of three or four, and each team argued for either the Applicant or Respondent. The oral arguments took place before panels of 4 faculty member judges. The moot court competition culminated with a semi-final round, which involved the top four teams, and the final competition that included the two winning teams from the semi-final round. Moot court competition awards were given to the winning Applicant team, and to the Respondent runners up.

The winners of the competition were:

Mr. Emilio Pagliocchini (Canada)

Ms. Nneka Adaora Okechukwu (Nigeria)

Ms. Raihana Haidary (Australia)

Ms. Ligeia Quackelbeen (Belgium)

The second best team winners were:

Ms. Priya Urs (India)

Mr. Francis Sinsai (Cameroon)

Mr. Kosuke Onishi (Japan)

Ms. Marie-Laure Tapp (Canada)

At the conclusion of the Specialization Course, there was an awards ceremony. Ms. Priya Urs (India) and Ms. Nneka Adaora Okechukwu (Nigeria) were awarded with the Best Oralist award. Moreover, every participant in the Specialization Course received a certificate of attendance to the course.