It is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights announces the passing of its esteemed Secretary General, Mr. Ezechia Paolo Reale. Mr. Reale’s departure leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of those who knew him and in the realms of justice and human rights he so passionately served.
His journey with the Siracusa International Institute began in 1997, marking the start of an illustrious path in international criminal law, where he held the positions of Administrative Director and Secretary General, supporting the work of the former President, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni and of the current one, Mr. Jean-François Thony.
In 2008, his expertise was recognized with his admission to the list of attorneys qualified to defend before the International Criminal Court. His advisory role to the Italian diplomatic delegation, including his participation in the Review Conference of the Statute of the International Criminal Court in Kampala in 2010, exemplified his dedication to the cause of international justice. Recently he was appointed by former Italian Minister of Justice Marta Cartabia as a member of the National Commission for the elaboration of a draft Code of International Crimes.
Ezechia Paolo Reale’s legacy is not just in the landmark cases he fought or the prestigious positions he held. It is in the countless lives he touched, the principles he upheld, and the tireless work he did to make the world a fairer place.
Today, we mourn the loss of a great man, a visionary lawyer, a dedicated public servant, and a beloved colleague. The Siracusa International Institute extends its deepest condolences to Mr. Reale’s family, friends, and all those grieving this loss. His memory and legacy will continue to inspire and guide us in our ongoing mission for justice and human rights. His spirit and contributions will forever be a part of the Siracusa International Institute.