Training for Professionals - Judiciary and Law Enforcement

The International Criminal Law Defence Seminar

The International Criminal Law Defence Seminar
Turin, 24-28 April 2017

in cooperation with

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

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 the Turin Bar Association 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.

The trainers who will be delivering the 2017 Seminar are:

  • Ms. Deirdre Montgomery, Attorney at Law; Solicitor (England & Wales); Legal Officer at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
  • Ms. Marie O'Leary, Counsel, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence of the International Criminal Court (ICC-OPCD);
  • Mr. David Akerson, Senior Legal Advisor, Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA); Senior Consultant, STL; Former Trial Attorney, ICTY.


1. How to apply

  • Application deadline: please complete and send the application form, which can be downloaded here, at by 17 April 2017;
  • Confirmation of acceptance: an e-mail with the results of the selection process will be sent by 18 April 2017;
  • Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized, upon confirmation of acceptance, by 20 April 2017 (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.

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

UNICRI can not be held accountable in case of visa refusal.

3. Fees and accommodation

  • General Registration fee: € 1.000

A limited number of fee exemptions are available. The full exemption from the tuition fee will preferably be granted to women and candidates from developing countries, based on merit.

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. Certificate of participation

Lectures are held all day from Monday 24 through Friday 28 April 2017.

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.

The Turin Bar Association will grant 20 credits to Italian members of the bar attending the Seminar.

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

5. Cancellation and Refunds

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

6. Contacts


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



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