Ezechia Paolo Reale is a criminal defense lawyer, partner of the legal firm “Sallicano & Reale” in Siracusa. He has worked as an attorney since 1985, pleading before the Court of Cassation, the Disciplinary Chamber of the Italian High Council of the Judiciary and the European Court of Human Rights, among others.
His involvement in the field of international criminal law started in 1997, when he became a member of the Siracusa Institute Scientific Regional Committee and of the Board of Directors of the Centre for European Criminal Law of Catania. Still in 1997, he was a Visiting Fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law, Chicago. In the following years, he participated in the Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, held at the United Nations Office in New York, in his capacity as Siracusa Institute Representative. In December 1999, he was appointed Councilor for Urban Planning of the City of Siracusa, and held this office until 2008.
In 2000 he became a member of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) and participated in the High-level Conference for the Signature of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols, held in Palermo. In 2002 and 2003, in his capacity as Legal Advisor to the Italian diplomatic delegation, he participated in the Assembly of States Parties to the Statute of the International Criminal Court, held at the United Nations Office in New York. He edited the Italian version of the text of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, contained in the book “La Corte Penale Internazionale – Organi, Competenza, Reati, Processo” (Giuffrè, Italy, 2006).
In 2008, he was admitted in the list of attorneys qualified to defend before the International Criminal Court. In 2010, in his capacity as Legal Advisor to the Italian diplomatic delegation, he attended the Review Conference of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, held in Kampala (Uganda).
Ezechia Paolo Reale was also appointed by the former Italian Minister of Justice, Marta Cartabia, as a member of the Commission for the elaboration of a draft Code of International Crimes.