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21st Specialization Course in International Criminal Law

 “The Changing Landscape of International Justice”

May 23-28, 2022

The 21st Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on “The Changing Landscape of International Justice” was held in Siracusa and online from May 23 until May 28, 2022. The course was sponsored by the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, the Middlesex University Department of Law (UK), and the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) with the support of the Manríquez y Benavides Abogados Ltda (Chile).

 The Specialization Course was attended by 72 participants all over the world (38 of which online), from Afghanistan to Dominican Republic, from Qatar to Sierra Leone. These individuals were recent law graduates, practitioners, academics or students, currently pursuing higher education or careers in the fields of international criminal law and international relations. Twenty-nine different countries, as well as nineteen different Universities, were represented among the participants involved in the course.

The Specialization Course was taught and attended by thirteen distinguished faculty members (5 of which online), including Christine Van den Wyngaert, Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and former Judge of the International Criminal Court, Jan Wouters, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations and founding Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at KU Leuven, and Leila Sadat, Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor and James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at the School of Law of the Washington University in St Louis.

At the end of the Specialization Course, all the participants attended 11 daily sessions spread over six days, for a total of 29 contact hours. The daily sessions consisted of keynote lectures, panel discussions and small-group exercises, which aimed to stimulate interaction among participants. The lectures involved the following topics:

  • International crimes
  • New crimes, new phenomena
  • Cinema and International Justice: The Nuremberg Trial
  • Actors and processes
  • Human rights, armed conflict and international criminal law
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Transitional justice, victims and reparations
  • The future of international criminal law

Participants who wanted to receive the Diploma of the Siracusa International Institute took an online examination once the course was completed. Successful participants are among the Institute’s graduates; the best examination result, and the two runners-up were also awarded a prize:


Konstantina Desponia Stavrou


Ana Teresa Corzanego Khatounian

Sai Sathyanarayanan Venkatesh


Participants who choose not to take the final examination received a certification of participation in the course.


For further information on the 2022 ICL Course, please visit the sections below:

General Information

List of Topics


Course Director




Eligibility & Cancellation Policy


Registration Costs & Scholarships


Application Form