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6th Seminar on “Shari’a Law and Military Operations”

A seminar on “Shari’a Law and Military Operations”, organized by ISISC in cooperation with the NATO School, opened on Monday, 25 November. For 6 days, 10 internationally pre-eminent scholars addressed 36 participants, including NATO military and civilian officers who will soon be deployed in hot post-conflict scenarios of countries of Islamic Law, as well as participants with a legal background, who want to improve their knowledge and expertise in the field of Shari’a. The course offered an introduction to the Shari’a, specifically discussing Islamic International Law and International Humanitarian Law, Shari'a's Limitations on Jihad and the Use of Force, the Islamic Criminal Justice System, Shari'a and Contemporary Post-Conflict and Transitional Justice, Women’s and Minorities’ Rights and the Place of Justice in Islam, and Operational Issues.

The seminar terminated on Friday, November 29 with the closing remarks of Col. Steve Rose, Dean of Academics of the NATO School, and Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, ISISC President, followed by the delivery of final certificates.


Training Workshop for the MENA Region on “Financial Investigations and Recovering Stolen Assets”

A Training Workshop for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region on “Financial Investigations and Recovering Stolen Assets” was held between November 18 and 23. The workshop, organized by ISISC and the Basel Institute on Governance, International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), involved the participation of two trainers, three international experts and 19 prosecutors and investigators of seven selected countries: Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The key objective of this training programme was to enhance the capacity of key law enforcement agencies in the MENA region in analysing, investigating and prosecuting international corruption cases. Most importantly, the training assisted the authorities of countries in the MENA region in enhancing their staff’s ability to handle international requests and to succeed in co-operation with foreign jurisdictions in repatriating stolen assets.



ABA/ISISC Summit on the formation of a consortium for capacity building at the ICC

Between September 26 and 29, 2013, the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights and the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) convened a two-day Summit of international organizations and experts to discuss the formation of an unprecedented international consortium for capacity enhancement the International Criminal Court (ICC) with an  immediate focus on judicial engagements. The Summit also included an expert panel discussion on the criminalization of the illegal use of force, its future application at the ICC and related education and training at the Court.

The ABA and ISISC have long supported the establishment, and the enhancement and improvement, of the ICC.  Since 1995 ISISC has conducted nineteen international conferences, seminars, workshops and government expert meetings in Siracusa and abroad within the framework of the ICC’s Capacity Strengthening Program. These programs have involved approximately 1,950 jurists, academics, government representatives and international experts, as well as the officers of the Court.

In furtherance of the shared aims of the Summit participants to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the ICC, the consortium of respected international legal and human rights organizations helped ensure that the capacity support to be developed in consultation with the ICC is not only effective but also reflects the diversity of expertise of the world’s varied and rich legal traditions.  As the ICC is a hybrid legal institution that blends the world’s varied legal traditions, it is vital that this effort be a collaborative one of the legal profession globally.


2013 Technical Assistance Program in Support of Bahrain

As a result of the success of the programs conducted in 2012 for the training of Bahraini judges, prosecutors and investigators, as well as Law Enforcement and Police Officers, ISISC extended its previous agreement with the Government of Bahrain in order to increase the number of Bahraini justice operators who will ultimately benefit from the lessons learned and the practical experiences acquired during the program.

The Technical Assistance Program in Support of the Bahrain Justice Sector on the International Protection of Human Rights and the Enhancement of Investigatory and Prosecutorial Capabilities of the Office of the Attorney General took place between September 22 and October 10, training 19 Bahraini judges, prosecutors and investigators. The Technical Assistance Program in Support of the Bahrain Ministry of Interior for Law Enforcement and Police Officers took place between September 24 and October 13, training 22 Law Enforcement and Police Officers from the Ministry of Interior of Bahrain.

In both programs, the first phase consisted in a study tour including visits to the relevant judicial institutions in Rome, Geneva and Berlin. The study tour was followed by 10 days of workshops and trainings in Siracusa, held by leading academics, former and current judges, prosecutors and other legal practitioners, and including visits to a detention center and to the Prosecutor General’s Office in Catania. While maintaining a substantial continuity with the 2012 program as far as methodology and organization are concerned, the 2013 Technical Assistance Program developed a renewed approach to the topics addressed during the lectures, privileging a more international and comparative perspective.


JUNE 2013

Laboratorio Penalistico Agòn

Sabato 15 Giugno, presso il Teatro Greco di Siracusa, ISISC ha organizzato l’edizione 2013 del laboratorio penalistico Agòn, in collaborazione con INDA, Amici dell'INDA e Ordine degli Avvocati di Siracusa. Quest'anno, Agòn ha preso spunto dalla tragedia “Antigone” di Sofocle. Antigone è accusata di aver attentato all’integrità dello Stato di Tebe violando l’Editto di Creonte, dando sepoltura al fratello Polinice.

Ha introdotto il processo Enrico Di Luciano. Dopo l’interrogatorio di Antigone – Ilenia Maccarrone - e di Creonte – Maurizio Donadoni -, il dibattimento è stato lasciato a Titta Madia per l’accusa e a Michele Mirabella per la difesa. Ettore Randazzo ha posto, quindi, i quesiti al pubblico chiamato a giudicare secondo coscienza, mentre la giuria, presieduta da Franco Roberti e composta da Vincenzo Militello e Alvise Troja, ha emesso sentenza secondo diritto. Giuria popolare e giuria tecnica hanno espresso unanime verdetto di assoluzione a favore di Antigone.


MAY 2013

ICL Course on “The Future of International Criminal Law in the Era of Globalization”

ISISC’s 13th Specialization Course on ‘The Future of International Criminal Law in the Era of Globalization’ opened on May 20 in the presence of 107 participants from 53 Universities and 44 different countries spanning all the world, from Chad to Australia, from Finland to Argentina. The course was inaugurated by a keynote speech of M. Cherif Bassiouni, ISISC President, and Avv. Ezechia Paolo Reale, ISISC Administrative Director.

The course comprised 9 days of daily lecture sessions followed by a practical workshop. At the end of the course, all participants attended 14 working sessions for a total of 42 actual academic contact hours.

For further information, please visit the relevant section of the website.


Conference of the Society of Juridical Psychology

Between May 10 and 12 May, ISISC renovated the traditional national conference organized in collaboration with the Society of Juridical Psychology thanks to the initiative and support of Avv. Luisella de Cataldo. This year's seminar, titled "The 'decision-making' process from divine emanation to forensic evidence (via Rabelais)", aimed at tracing the transition from primitive systems, in which subjection to the judicial power was justified by the intrinsic connection between religion and justice, to modern systems, which are based on formal rules designed to ensure the rationality and justice of the decision.

Contemporary judicial practice is characterized by the scientific evidence, by the relationship between scientific knowledge and process, and by the interaction between forensic evidence and scientific ascertaining of facts. The judgment, in particular, is heavily influenced by the inevitable enlargement of operational plans, which requires more frequent use of the expert to 'certify' and deliver a new knowledge, foreign to the judge.

The seminar involved 13 participants and 18 distinguished speakers, including psychologists, lawyers, judges, and professors of private law.


MARCH 2013

Meeting of Experts to Establish Standards for Human Rights Investigations

A Meeting of Experts on the Establishment of Principles and Best Practices for International and National Commissions of Inquiry was held at the seat of ISISC in Siracusa, Italy, between 14 – 17 March 2013.

The Meeting of Experts involved esteemed jurists, attorneys and scholars in the field of International Law as well as high-level United Nations and government officials, and presidents and prosecutors of the International Tribunals.  Delegations from Bahrain, Qatar and Libya were present at the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting in Siracusa was to discuss the need for comprehensive reform within the UN system of human rights fact-finding, and to review and adopt the "BICI Principles and Best Practices for International and National Commissions of Inquiry", a document that provides principles and guidelines for international and national fact-finding bodies in order to ensure that such bodies are fair, objective and neutral and can function independently and effectively.

The BICI Principles were developed with the experiences of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in mind, as well as those of UN and other fact-finding bodies.  The “BICI Principles” are therefore intended, amongst other things, to ensure that the positive elements and lessons learned from these fact-finding bodies are preserved and readily accessible for future missions.


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