ICL 2013 - The Future of International Criminal Law in the Era of Globalization
The 2013 Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on ‘The Future of International Criminal Law in the Era of Globalization’ was held in Siracusa from May 19th until May 29th, 2013. The course was sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (USA), the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP - France), the University of Palermo, Faculty of Law (Italy), the Middlesex University Department of Law (London, UK), the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland (Galway, Ireland), and the Osservatorio Permanente sulla Criminalità Organizzata (OPCO – Italy).
The course was inaugurated by a keynote speech of M. Cherif Bassiouni, ISISC President, and Avv. Ezechia Paolo Reale, ISISC Administrative Director.
The Specialization Course was attended by 107 participants from all over the world, including Europe, North America, South America, Asia and the Middle East. 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-four different countries, as well as fifty-three different Universities, were represented among the participants involved in the Specialization Course. The course was taught and attended by twenty-five distinguished faculty members.
The Specialization Course consisted of two parts, which included all day lecture sessions that were followed by a practical workshop. At the end of the Course, all the participants attended 14 working sessions for a total of 42 actual academic contact hours. The lectures involved the following topics:
- Assessing the Historic Evolution of ICL: Norms and Enforcement - Effectiveness of the Direct and Indirect Systems
- The Changing Boundaries of International Law, the Constitutive Order of International Decision-Making Processes and their Value-Oriented Goals
- Assessing International Human Rights Mechanisms: Fact Finding Bodies, Special Procedures and their Contribution to International Criminal Justice
- Assessing the Direct and Mixed Enforcement Models: ICTY, ICTR, ICC and Mixed Model Tribunals
- The Indirect Enforcement System: National Legislative Developments and International Cooperation in Penal Matters
- National Prosecutions of International and Transnational Crimes
- Inter-State Cooperation in Enforcing International and Transnational Crimes: Vertical and Horizontal Relations
- The Emerging Role of Non-State Actors in Domestic and Regional Armed Conflict and Related Transnational Crimes
- The Impact of Globalization on the Future of International Criminal Justice
The second part of the course involved a workshop. During this workshop, the participants were divided into groups of twelve, and each group worked as a think tank that had been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to advise his office on a conflict that the international community had deemed warranted attention due violations of international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Each group had to develop a proposal for a strategy that the UN Secretary-General should consider, applying the lessons learnt during the course. The groups were asked to identify the international mechanisms that would apply to the situation, and to evaluate whether those mechanisms were relevant or viable. These proposals were presented during the final session of the Course.
At the conclusion of the Specialization Course, there was an awards ceremony. Every participant in the Specialization Course received a certificate of attendance to the course.