The Institute mourns the loss of Judge Bernard Leroy


The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights grieves the loss of Judge Bernard Leroy at the age of 75.

Bernard was a member of the Institute’s Advisory Board, as well as member of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) United Nations Organisation.

He was Honorary Deputy General Prosecutor at the Court of Appeal of Versailles and worked as Manager of the UNODC Legal Assistance Programme (LAP) from 1990 to 2010. Bernard Leroy designed, drafted and disseminated, for the first time in the UN system, specific model laws used by many states, including Russia, Afghanistan and provided on-site assistance to more than 100 governments (Africa, North and South America, Asia, Europe).

Over the years, he has worked with and brought his expertise to a variety of organizations, such as the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

He was known for his intelligence, humor, generosity and kindness. He was a good friend, role-model and mentor to many. His enthusiasm and his dedication to the world of justice will be extremely missed, along with his pure love towards life.