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The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights will organize the 22nd Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists ‘M. Cherif Bassiouni’ on ‘75 Years: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The Genocide Convention’ between Monday, June 12, and Saturday, June 17, 2023. The course will take place in presence at the headquarters of the Siracusa Institute, located in Siracusa, Italy; online participation will also be allowed. The final examination for the Diploma will take place exclusively online on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.

The course will consist of 12 daily sessions spread over six days, for a total of 32 contact hours. The daily sessions will consist of keynote lectures, panel discussions and small-group exercises, which aim to stimulate interaction among participants.

The daily sessions will be programmed approximately between h. 9.30 and 17.30 CET. Each session will be broadcast live on a dedicated digital platform. In addition, during the course and for one week after the broadcast, participants will have access to video recordings of all daily sessions.

In advance of the course, all registered participants must access the Institute’s e-learning platform, from which the faculty’s recommended course readings and other relevant documents can be downloaded. Each participant will have their own personal profile for accessing these materials. PowerPoint presentations and other course resources will be added to the platform at the beginning or end of each session.

Once the course is completed, participants will have to take an online examination to receive the Diploma of the Siracusa International Institute. The examination will have a written and an oral component. Successful participants will be among the Institute’s graduates and eligible for a prize to be awarded to the person who achieves the best examination result, and two runners-up.

For participants in person, attendance is required at all live sessions: failure to attend more than two live sessions will disqualify participants from receiving the Diploma. For participants online, watching the recorded video of the sessions will qualify for attendance, but at least 5 sessions should be attended live; in any case, attendance of all live sessions is encouraged.

The Institute has a library containing over 25,000 volumes in International Criminal Law and Comparative International Law which are open to the use of participants in person throughout the course.

If you have any questions, please contact the Siracusa Institute at icl-course@siracusainstitute.org


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