Training for Professionals - Judiciary and Law Enforcement

The International Criminal Law Defence Seminar



The International Criminal Law Defence Seminar
Turin, 18-22 April 2016

in cooperation with

the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence of the International Criminal Court

and

 

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in cooperation with the International Criminal Court Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (ICC-OPCD) and with the support of the Turin Bar Association and the International Association of Lawyers (Union Internationale des Avocats -UIA) will host a 5-day Seminar on International Criminal Law Defence. The Seminar will consist of two modules: the first one (4 days) will be devoted to defence strategies and procedural issues before international jurisdictions, whilst the second one (1 day) will focus on the collection of evidence of war crimes at the field level and their use before national and international jurisdictions.

Thanks to the participation of renowned experts, the Seminar represents a unique opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of defence in the area of international criminal law.

The Seminar is designed for practicing and trainee lawyers interested in the practice of international criminal law whether in national or international courts, and those professionals working with organizations involved in this area.

The Seminar is held in English, therefore a good command of the language is required.

Course topics include:

  • Basic principles of International Criminal Law;
  • Introduction to the ICC Rules of Procedure and Evidence;
  • Introduction and overview of International Criminal Defence;
  • Defence Counsel qualifications and training - setting up a defence team;
  • Preparation of strategies for defence;
  • Defence investigations;
  • Purpose of disclosure and use of evidence;
  • Common challenges raised against the Prosecution's case;
  • Sources of case law;
  • How to structure legal arguments;
  • Direct and cross-examination by the Defence;
  • Common grounds of appeal and how to preserve the record for appeal;
  • Collection and analysis of evidence at the field level and their use before national and international jurisdictions.

You can download the full programme here.

The trainers who will be delivering the 2016 Seminar are:

  • Ms. Colleen Rohan, Criminal Defence Attorney, practising before international tribunals, and President of the Association of Defence Counsel Practicing Before the ICTY;
  • Ms. Marie O'Leary, Counsel, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence of the International Criminal Court (ICC-OPCD);
  • Mr. William Wiley, Executive Director, Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA); Former International Legal Advisor, Iraqi High Tribunal; Former Human Rights Officer, UN Assistance Mission to Iraq; Former Investigator, ICC and ICTR; Former Intelligence Analyst, ICTY.

KEY FACTS

1. How to apply

  • Application deadline: please complete and send the application form, which can be downloaded here, at seminars@unicri.it by 3 April 2016;
  • Confirmation of acceptance: an e-mail with the results of the selection process will be sent by 5 April 2015;
  • Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized, upon confirmation of acceptance, by 12 April 2015 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment by e-mail by the same date).

2. Applicants requiring VISA (IMPORTANT)

Those applicants requiring VISA and needing the Seminar Administrative Office assistance in facilitating its release are kindly requested to submit an early application and to notify the Seminar Administrative Office on this need.

In this case, the application shall be submitted no later than 17 March 2016, and the full payment has to be finalized, upon confirmation of acceptance, by 22 March 2016 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment by e-mail at seminars@unicri.it by the same date).

Please consider that issuance of a VISA by Italian Embassies and Consulates takes at least 30 days.

3. Fees and accommodation

  • General Registration fee: € 1.150
  • Fee for UIA Members and Turin Bar Members: € 950

The registration fee does not cover expenses such as those related to travel, meals, accommodation, and VISA.

The Seminar Administrative Office is available to provide assistance for those needing accommodation.

4. Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships, covering tuition fee only may be available. Students must, however, bear all other expenses such as those related to travel, meals, accommodation, and VISA.

5. Certificate of participation

Lectures are held all day from Monday 18 through Friday 22 April 2016.

Upon attendance of all the lectures and completion of the course, participants will receive a United Nations certificate of participation. Attendance is compulsory for the whole duration of the course.

Absence grounded on serious reasons may be considered at the Organizers discretion.

The Turin Bar Association will grant 20 training credits to Italian Bar Members attending the Seminar.

6. Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of a participant cancellation, registration fees will not be refunded.

7. Contacts

Further information can be requested to the Seminar Administrative Office at the following e-mail address: seminars@unicri.it (Please indicate “Defence Seminar” in the subject of the email) or by phone at (+39) 011 65 37 156/157

Overview Defence Seminar

 

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