Young Penalists from all over the world attended the Institute’s 20th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law


The 20th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on “Human Rights, Criminal Justice and International Law” was held online from July 5 until July 9, 2021. The course was organized in cooperation with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland (Galway, Ireland), the Middlesex University Department of Law (London, UK) and the University of Palermo Department of Law (Italy), and with the support of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP – France), the College for Criminal Law Science of Beijing Normal University (China), Swansea University, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law (UK), Manríquez y Benavides Abogados Ltda (Chile), the Canadian Partnership for International Justice and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (Québec, Canada).

The Specialization Course was attended by 114 participants all over the world, from Australia to Colombia, from The Philippines to Nigeria. English was the official language of the course. These individuals are recent law graduates, practitioners, academics or students, currently pursuing higher education or careers in the fields of international criminal law and international relations. Forty-six different countries, as well as forty-four different Universities, were represented among the participants involved in the course.

The Specialization Course was taught and attended by thirty-one distinguished faculty members, including the President of the International Criminal Court Piotr Hofma?ski, Aminata Touré, former Minister of Justice and former Prime Minister of Senegal, and Paolo Pinto de Albuquerque, former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights.

At the end of the Specialization Course, all the participants attended 16 daily sessions spread over five days, for a total of 29 online contact hours. The daily sessions consisted of keynote lectures, panel discussions and small-group exercises, which aimed to stimulate interaction among participants. The lectures involved the following topics:

  • Current Challenges of International Criminal Justice;


  • International Crimes: Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity;


  • Fair Trial Guarantees and Rights of the Defence;


  • Investigation of International Crimes;


  • Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes and International Law;


  • History of International Criminal Law;


  • Jurisdictional Issues of International Criminal Justice;


  • Victims and Reparations;


  • Human Rights, International Criminal Law and Armed Conflict;


  • Transitional Justice and Restorative Justice.


Participants who wanted to receive the Diploma of the Siracusa International Institute took an online examination once the course was completed. The examination had a written and an oral component.

Among those who took the exam, a prize was awarded to the person who obtained the best result and to two runners-up. The prize-winners received a certificate and two books from the Course Director and the Institute, respectively.

Participants who choose not to take the final examination received a certification of participation in the course.



  • Anderson Javiel Dirocie De Leon


SECOND BEST EXAMINATION RESULT (in alphabetical order)

  • Gabriele Fiorella;


  • Diana Tognini Saba.



  • Marieta Akhvlediani;


  • Mariam Bezhanishvili;


  • Audrey Demeyer;


  • Rens Koppejan;


  • Audrey Lamarre;


  • Andrés Morales;


  • Adina-Loredana Nistor;


  • Marina Oliveira Teixeira dos Santos;


  • Lilla Ozorakova;


  • Sara Pan Algarra;


  • Abbiba Ivy Princewill;


  • Ruben Surur Paul Valfredo;