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Fifth Specialization Course for Prosecutors (SCP)

on International Criminal Justice, Transnational Crime and International Cooperation in Criminal Matters

 Siracusa, Italy – 4-13 July 2022


The fifth Specialization Course for Prosecutors on International Criminal Justice, Transnational Crime and International Cooperation in Criminal Matters (SCP 2022) will be conducted in Siracusa, Italy, from 4 to 13 July 2022. SCP 2022 is co-organized by the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (Siracusa Institute) and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP).

SCP prepares domestic prosecutors to work on cases involving core international and transnational crimes, and also offers specialised training in international legal cooperation. The course places a strong focus on practicality through sessions and exercises led by a world-class faculty of international practitioners from around the world. In its past four editions, the course was attended by 179 prosecutors from more than fifty countries.

This year, the course includes sessions on the following topics, among others:

  • Evolution of international criminal law & justice;
  • Emerging technologies and related evidentiary challenges for national and international prosecutions;
  • War crimes, crimes against humanity & genocide;
  • Establishing individual criminal responsibility for atrocity crimes;
  • Domestic prosecutions of atrocity crimes;
  • Evolution of transnational organised crime in a globalised & increasingly digital world;
  • Cybercrime;
  • Tackling cyber-enabled criminality via online platforms, crypto markets & cryptocurrencies;
  • Wildlife trafficking & related environmental crimes;
  • Prosecuting human trafficking & migrant smuggling;
  • Gathering, preserving & sharing digital evidence.

To apply for the SCP Course, please fill out the Application Form. The deadline for registration is June 10, 2022.

UPDATE OF JUNE 7: The 5th SCP Course has been postponed to 2023.

If you have any questions regarding the program or registration, please contact the Siracusa Institute at scp@siracusainstitute.org.



Previous editions of the Specialisation Course for Prosecutors have featured leading practitioners as speakers, including:

Mr Frédéric Van Leeuw, Belgian Federal Prosecutor;

Ms Deborah L. Harris, Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice;

Mr Michael Lauber, Attorney General of Switzerland;

Mr Ahmed Seif El-Dawla, Section Chief, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate;

Ms Hanna Lemoine, Legal Officer, International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on Syria;

Mr Dan Suter, former Specialist Prosecutor, International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service and former UK Liaison Prosecutor to the US;

Ms. Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s  Office and former Chair, New York City Anti Human Trafficking Task Force;

Mr John M. Sellar, former Head of Enforcement, Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES);

Mr Thomas Burrows, Associate Director for Europe and Senior Counsel for Multilateral Affairs, Office of International Affairs, US Department of Justice;

Judge Sir Howard Morrison, Judge, Appeals Chamber, International Criminal Court;

Ms Gail Kent, Global Public Policy Manager, Facebook;

Judge Kimberly Prost, former Chef de Cabinet to the President of the International Criminal Court;

Ms. Loide Lungameni, Chief, Organised Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs,  UN Office on Drugs and Crime;

Mr Jan Kerkhofs, Federal Magistrate, Belgium Federal Prosecutor’s Office;

Mr. Sabin Ouellet, Chief Prosecutor, Department of External Affairs, Security and Development,  Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Québec and President, International Association of  Francophone Prosecutors;

Mr. Mariano Federici, President, Financial Information Unit of the Republic of Argentina;

Mr. Nadim Kyriakos-Saad, Assistant General Counsel and Head, Financial Integrity Group,  International Monetary Fund;

Dr. Alfredo Nunzi, Director, Department of Administration, Europol.



The course targets mainly prosecutors or professionals with an equivalent function. A limited number of auditors, who do not fulfill the eligibility criteria, might be accepted into the course and eligible to receive a certification of participation in this capacity. The working language will be English, therefore proficiency in English is required for both regular participants and auditors.



If a registered participant cancels his/her participation, the registration cost cannot be refunded.

However, given the current exceptional circumstances, if a registered participant cannot attend the course due to contracting Covid-19, the Institute will consider a full refund on presentation of a certified medical certificate.

The Institute will also consider a full refund in other cases of force majeure (e.g., unforeseeable change in travel restrictions rules).



The registration for the course is open to all interested applicants that fit the eligibility criteria. Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible filling out the Application Form. The deadline for registration is June 10, 2022. Scholarships are extremely limited and so applicants should consider applying as full-fee paying participants to assist in securing their place. All registered participants will receive an acceptance letter in due course, with further information on methods of payment and relevant deadlines.

The registration contribution for the Course is € 1,000 for IAP members (or € 1,050 for non-IAP members, including an additional sum for IAP membership).