Doctoral Seminar on ICL, Int.l Human Rights and Int.l Humanitarian Law

PhD candidates from universities around the world are invited to participate in the third annual doctoral seminar of the Siracusa Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights. The seminar is planned to take place exclusively in person in Siracusa, Italy (no hybrid format) over two days, 18 and 19 March, 2024. The seminar will provide an opportunity to doctoral researchers for networking with their colleagues and with senior academics, to gain experience in presenting research to a scholarly audience, and the acquisition of practical skills for their studies and future careers. They can expect substantive feedback on both their oral presentations and written work.

Third Doctoral Seminar 2024

Third Doctoral Seminar on International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law

18 and 19 March, 2024

  • Description
  • List of Topics
  • Course Director
  • Registration Costs & Scholarships
  • Eligibility & Cancellation Policy
  • Speakers


The seminar will consist of presentations by doctoral candidates as well as sessions delivered by experts of both a practical and theoretical nature of relevance to post-graduate research and academic careers.

It is expected that the seminar will be of interest to PhD candidates whose research work engages with the fields of international criminal law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as well as with human rights and criminal justice at the domestic level. The organisers will endeavour to plan the sessions along thematic lines, to the extent possible.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

List of Topics

It is hoped that there will be a sufficient number of papers so that thematic sessions may be organised on the following subjects:

  • protection of the environment;
  • participation in international crimes;
  • racial discrimination;
  • protection of cultural property, and
  • relationships between the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law.

There is no intent to exclude presentations on other subjects.

Course Director

Registration Costs & Scolarships

Please see below the registration costs for the different categories of participants:


Participation fees are € 150,00 (including two lunches during working days and course materials).

Accepted participants should settle their fees by March 2 by bank transfer to the Siracusa Institute‘s bank account.

Participants who do not intend to present papers may register at any time.

Eligibility & Cancellation Policy


Cancellation Policy

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


The seminar is directed by an academic committee whose members include:

  • Prof. William Schabas (Middlesex University London);
  • Prof. Jan Wouters (Leuven University);
  • Prof. Shane Darcy (University of Galway);
  • Prof. Joe Powderly (Leiden University);
  • Prof. Dire Tladi (University of Pretoria).