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The Academia

The Siracusa Institute has convened an outstanding Academia of world-renowned experts who provide their haut patronage to the Programme.  The Academia offers advice on the academic and scientific aspects of the Programme, including its development and implementation, and may also lecture in Courses related to their specific areas of expertise.


Bakhtiar Amin was born in Kirkuk.  He has served as Minister of Human Rights of Iraq, Alternate Member of Governing Council in Iraq, Refugee Councillor in Sweden and Secretary General of Paris Kurdish Institute, Adviser to Danielle Mitterrand Foundation France-Libertes, Director of Human Rights Alliance in Washington D.C., Executive Director of the International Alliance for Justice (IAJ), which coordinated a network of 275 international non-governmental organizations from more than 120 countries.  The IAJ called for the establishment of an International Ad Hoc Tribunal to investigate the former Iraqi leadership's crimes against humanity, crimes of war and genocide.

Mr. Amin was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris and has a master’s degree in international relations.  He pursued doctoral studies in geopolitics and studied journalism in Sweden.  He has over three decades' experience in the field of democracy, international human rights and humanitarian work.  He has worked extensively on issues involving minorities, indigenous peoples, good governance, empowerment of youth and women, rule of law,  water cooperation, weapons of mass destruction, land mines, justice, international and regional peace and security issues, non-violence, the International Criminal Court, genocide, crimes against humanity, mass graves, freedom of expression, cultural issues, federalism, refugees and IDPs, liberating prisoners and conflict resolution.

Mr. Amin has participated in fact-finding missions in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, among others.  He has testified before US Congress, European Parliament, Council of Europe, OSCE, NATO, various UN bodies in Geneva & New York, and spoken at many prestigious institutions, think-tank organizations and universities worldwide.

He has been actively involved in G8's Forum for Future process in BMENA region, speaking at various international conferences and meeting regularly with Heads of States and dignitaries from various parts of the world.  He was the Chairman of the board of directors for the Foundation for the Future, which carried out over 200 projects in the field of democracy, civic participation and human rights in the broader Middle East & North Africa.  He participated actively in Democracy Assistance Dialogue in the Middle East (DAD).


It is with deep sadness that the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights announces the passing of Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, founder of the Institute in 1972, General-Secretary from 1972-74, Dean from 1974-88, President from 1988-2015 and Honorary President since 2015.

Prof. Bassiouni passed away on Monday, 25 September in Chicago, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loving family. With him, the international community has lost the Father of International Criminal Law, an active supporter of the establishment of the International Criminal Court, and a tireless investigator of human rights violations.

The passing away of Professor Bassiouni leaves an unmistakable void in all those who have had the honor and the fortune of working at his side. The Siracusa International Institute mourns the disappearance of its father, a renowned jurist driven by an inexhaustible passion for upholding the rule of law and protecting human rights.

The city of Siracusa, Italy can only be grateful to a man who created an Institute of international relevance, that for 45 years has been dedicated to education, training and research in the fields of international and comparative criminal justice and human rights. The Institute enjoys consultative status with the United Nations and has organized over 600 conferences, trainings, educational seminars and meetings of experts attended by over 51,000 jurists from 171 countries throughout the world.

In addition to his irreplaceable role in the establishment and development of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, formerly International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC), M. Cherif Bassiouni was Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University, where he taught for 45 years from 1964-2009. He was a founding member of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul, which was established in 1990, serving as President from 1990-2008 and then President Emeritus. He also served as the Secretary General of the International Association of Penal Law from 1974-89 and as President for three five-year terms from 1989-2004, when he was elected Honorary President.

Since 1975, Professor Bassiouni was appointed to 22 United Nations positions, including: Chair and then member of the Commission of Inquiry for Libya (2011-12) Independent Expert on Human Rights for Afghanistan (2004-06); Chair, Drafting Committee of the Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1998); Vice-Chair of the General Assembly’s Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1996-98); Vice-Chair of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1995) and ; Chair of the Commission of Experts Established Pursuant to Security Council 780 to Investigate Violations of International Humanitarian Law in the Former Yugoslavia (1993-94).

Professor Bassiouni authored 24 books, co-authored 4 books, edited 47 books and authored 266 articles on International Criminal Law, Comparative Criminal Law, Human Rights and U.S. Criminal Law that have been published in various publications and law journals. Additionally, he wrote 14 Monographs on such subjects as history, politics, and religion.

He received ten honorary degrees from seven countries and was awarded 16 medals from eight countries, including: Order of Merit of the Republic (Grand Cross), Austria (1990); Legion d’Honneur (Officier), France (2003); Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Germany (2003); Order of Merit of the Republic (Cavaliere di Gran Croce), Italy (2006).

Among the many distinctions and awards he received was a Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for his long-lasting dedication and commitment to the support of international criminal justice and, in particular, his support in the establishment of an international criminal court.

The Institute’s President, Vice-President, Secretary General, Board of Directors and staff express their deepest condolences to all his family. We will miss not only the scholar and jurist, but also the man, his charisma, his genius and his benevolence, which made it a privilege to work with him.



In January 2016, Tomáš Boček was appointed Special Representative on Migration and Refugees of Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.  His mandate is to gather information on how the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees are protected on the ground in the member States, and to develop proposals for action at national and European level.  He also liaises with international partners, in particular the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organisation for Migration, UNICEF, the EU and FRONTEX.

One of his priorities is to improve the situation of the high number of refugee and migrant children currently in Europe.  He is responsible for preparing a Council of Europe action plan to this effect. He has also undertaken fact-finding missions to hotspots, camps and detention centres in several member States.

From 2004 to 2008, he was the Agent of the Czech Republic before the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg.  In 2007 and 2008, he was also Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs and, from 2008 to 2009, Deputy Minister for International Relations and European Affairs at the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic.  From 2010 until the end of January 2016, he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe.  From 2013 to 2015, he was also Vice-President of the Governing Board of the Council of Europe Development Bank.

A lawyer by training and a career diplomat, Tomáš Boček studied at the University of Pilsen and has a degree in public international law from Paris I University – Panthéon Sorbonne.  He is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.



Jean-Paul Costa has been since 2012, the President of the René Cassin Foundation (International Institute of Human Rights) in Strasbourg, and the movie theatre “Odyssey”.

After studying law and political science in Paris, he joined the École National d’Administration (ENA), where he was appointed from to the State Council, where he has spent most of his career.  He was form 1981 to 1984 Director of Cabinet of Alain Savary, Minister for Education in the Government Mauroy.  From 1985 to 1987 he was General rapporteur of the Report Section and Studies of the State Council.

In 1988 he was elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in respect to France, at the European Court of Human Rights, and re-elected in 2004.  At the court he was successively Section Vice-President, Section President, Vice-President of the Court, and finally President of the European Court of Human Rights from January 2007 to November 2011, date on which he left the Court.

He has published several books and numerous articles.  He is a Commander of the Legion of Honour, and “Grand Officier dans l’Ordre national du Mérite” and holds many other French and foreign decorations, and five honorary doctorates from foreign Universities.


Hassan Bubacar Jallow is a Gambian lawyer and jurist, appointed Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda by the UN Security Council on 15 September 2003.  Mr. Jallow was also appointed Prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals on 1 March 2012 for a term of four years.

Born in 1951, Prosecutor Jallow began his legal career in 1976 as a State Attorney in The Gambia until his appointment as the Solicitor-General of The Gambia in 1982.  He also served as a legal expert for the Organization of African Unity, and participated in drafting and concluding the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, which was adopted in 1981.  From 1984 to 1994, he served as The Gambia’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.  He subsequently worked as a Judge of the Supreme Court of The Gambia from 1998 to 2002.

In 1998, Prosecutor Jallow was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to carry out a judicial evaluation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.  He has also served the Commonwealth in various respects including chairing the Governmental Working Group of Experts in Human Rights and as member of the Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal.  Prior to becoming the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, he was a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone on the appointment of the UN Secretary-General in 2002.

Prosecutor Jallow studied law at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1973), the Nigerian Law School (1976) and the University College, London (1978).  He is bilingual in English and French and author of a series of publications, notably on issues relating international criminal law, public international law, human rights law as well as on international peace and justice.  Prosecutor Jallow is the recipient of the honor of Commander of the National Order of the Republic of The Gambia.



President Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi has been Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as of 20 January 2010.  Assigned to the Pre-Trial Division, she assumed full time duty on 17 January 2011.  National of Argentina, she elected from List A (competence in criminal law and procedure) on 18 November 2009.

Prior to joining the ICC, President Fernández de Gurmendi was the Director General for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, where she acted as a representative of her country in cases before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Justice.  She also represented Argentina before other human rights bodies and advised on transitional justice issues related to the prevention of genocide and other international crimes.

She played a leadership role in the creation and setting up of the International Criminal Court as President on the Working Group on Criminal Procedure and Vice-President of the Committee of the Whole at the Rome Conference.  She was also instrumental in the negotiations of the complementary instruments of the Rome Statute as chair of the Working Group on Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Working Group on Aggression.

President Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi’s academic experience includes professorships of international criminal law at the Universities of Buenos Aires and Palermo and as an assistant professor of international law at the University of Buenos Aires.  She has published a number of national and international publications related to the ICC including, amongst others, the role of the Prosecutor, criminal procedure, and the definition of victimsShe holds a Law Degree from the University of Cordoba, Argentina, a Masters in Public Law from the University of Limoges, France, and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.



Philippe Greciano is full Professor at Grenoble Alpes University and Chairman of the Amici Curiae Committee at the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA-ABCPI, The Hague).

He is admitted to the lists of Councils and Experts before international criminal jurisdictions (ICC, ECCC, ICTR, ICTY, STL).  Prof. Dr. Greciano is Member of the Center for International Security and European Cooperation (CESICE), and Member of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (CEJM).

He is the author of several publications on international justice and has led numerous international research programs.  His last book is titled: International Criminal Justice. The new stakes from Nuremberg to The Hague. Coll. Law & Political Science, Mare & Martin, Paris, 2016 with preface of Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni (ed.)..



Michael S. Greco is former President of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Of Counsel with the global law firm K&L Gates LLP.  He has more than forty years of experience in resolving complex business and other disputes as trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator.  He holds a B.A. Degree in English from Princeton University and a J.D. Degree from Boston College Law School where he was editor in chief of the Boston College Law Review.  Since 2012 he has taught international criminal law as Visiting Professor of the Practice of Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China, and at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.

He has served for three years as Chair of the ABA Center for Human Rights, and for the past five years as Chair of the ABA International Criminal Court Project ( and its distinguished international Board of Advisors, as a Member of the three-person Steering Committee of the International Criminal Justice Consortium, as Chair of the ABA Working Group on a Right to Counsel in Civil Cases, as Clerk of the board of directors of the Asian Community Development Corporation (Boston, MA), and formerly served on the boards of directors of the Law Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) and the Asian American Justice Center (Washington, D.C.).

An authority on the legal profession, legal aid systems, legal and judicial ethics, litigation, arbitration, mediation, international criminal law, and the International Criminal Court, he has received awards and honorary degrees for his pro bono work protecting the Legal Services Program in the US and his efforts to improve the professionalism of the legal profession and judiciary in the US and abroad.  At the invitation of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights he served as an expert on human rights and delivery of legal aid systems in Latin American countries.  He recently served as an expert advisor in Honduras on the selection of that country’s Supreme Court Justices.

Other information regarding Mr. Greco’s publications, speeches and ABA presidency during 2005-06 is available on the K&L Gates LLP web site


Sidiki Kaba is Minister of Justice of the Republic of Senegal since 2013.  He was the first African to be elected President of the Assembly of States of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC, on 8 December  2014), and the first African elected in 2001 as President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the oldest organization defending human rights which includes some 165 NGOs in 120 countries.  He is now its Honorary President since 2007.  Min. Kaba is an internationally known and committed expert on human rights and universal justice activism.

Sidiki Kaba was born in Senegal, graduated at the universities of Abidjan and Dakar where he obtained three Bachelors in Law, Philosophy, and Literature and a Master’s degree in Business Law, and was admitted to the Bar in Dakar in 1980.  Elected member of the Senegalese Council of the Bar from 1985 to 2000, he combines his professional activities with his fight for human rights in Senegal, Africa and the world.  He is Founding Member of the Inter-African Union of Lawyers (1982), Founder of the Union’s Inter-African Bureau of Human Rights (1992), FIDH Representative to the African Human Rights Commission (1990-1997), Vice President (1987-1995) and President (1995-2001) of the National Organization for the Defense of Human Rights (NHRO), Founder and President of the Center for African conflict prevention (since 1995), Lecturer associated with the French Evry Val d’Essonne University in «Geopolitics of Human rights», Vice-President of the African Centre for studies of Human rights and Democracy (2001-2007), Vice President (1998-2001) and President (2001-2007) of the International Federation for Human rights (FIDH).

A committed activist in the promotion of universal justice, Min. Kaba actively participated in Dakar, Paris and Rome in the work that led to the creation of the ICC.  He has also taken part in a number of other initiatives including: The preparatory commission (PrepCom) in New York that led to the finalization of the ICC complementary documents with the involvement of victims in proceedings; The creation of the global coalition for the ICC with Human Rights Watch, FIDH, Amnesty International and other organizations in 1995 which brings together more than 2,500 NGOs; A coalition of African women for the ICC in 1998 in Dakar; A national campaign which led Senegal to ratify the Rome Statute as the first country in the world to do so in 1999; At the opening of preliminary analyses and investigations of the International Criminal Court on the situation in Colombia, Honduras, Central African Republic, and Mali via the transmission of reports to the Prosecutor’s office; To promote the work of the International Criminal Court, ratification of its status and the implementation of the principle of complementarity with the highest officials of African States and the World; Setting up the program to support the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes in national courts in countries such as Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali.

Min. Sidiki Kaba has received several awards and honors in Africa, Saouth America, and Europe including the title of Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur, France.  He is author of several human rights and universal justice books, and also in collective publications.


Philippe Kirsch, OC, QC. Canadian lawyer and diplomat who served as a Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as the Court’s first President from 2003 to 2009.  In 1998, then Legal Adviser to the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), he served as Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the Rome conference which created the ICC, and from 1999 to 2002 as Chair of the Preparatory Commission for the Court. He is currently Chair of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute’ Advisory Committee on Nominations of ICC judges.

Until 2003, Mr. Kirsch occupied a number of other legal positions within DFAIT and was twice Agent of Canada in cases before the International Court of Justice.  He was also Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to Sweden.

After leaving the ICC, from 2009 to 2012, Mr. Kirsch was Judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice in a case about the conduct of criminal proceedings against Hissène Habré, former dictator in Chad.  He chaired the UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry for Libya (2011-2012).  He was also a member of a commission of inquiry in Bahrain (2011) and of an IBA fact-finding mission in Myanmar (2012-2013).  Subsequently, he was a member of the Drafting Committee of the Siracusa Guidelines for International, Regional and National fact-finding Bodies, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (2013), and other relevant Committees.

Mr. Kirsch is currently a member of the Working Group on Law and Negotiation, International Committee of the Red Cross and other institutions, and of the Accountability Panel, Wildlife Justice Commission.  Recipient of national decorations and about twenty academic, human rights and foreign policy awards.  In 2013, the Canadian Centre for International Justice created in Canada the Philippe Kirsch Institute, for legal training.


Marc Perrin de Brichambaut  after graduation from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, joined the Conseil d'Etat (Supreme Court for judicial review) in 1974. He was appointed Conseiller d'Etat in 1992. He has also served in numerous senior positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence of France and in the United Nations Secretariat. As Legal Advisor to the Foreign Ministry he led the French delegation to the Rome Conference and signed the Rome Statute on behalf of his country. He served as Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from 2005 to 2011. He has taught extensively International Law in Sciences-Po in Paris. 



Sean Hagan is General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund.  In this capacity, Mr. Hagan advises the Fund’s management, Executive Board and membership on all legal aspects of the Fund’s operations, including its regulatory, advisory and lending functions.

Mr. Hagan has published extensively on both the law of the Fund and a broad range of legal issues relating to the prevention and resolution of financial crisis, with a particular emphasis on insolvency and the restructuring of debt, including sovereign debt.

Prior to beginning work at the IMF, Mr. Hagan was in private practice, first in New York and subsequently in Tokyo.  Mr. Hagan received his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and also received a Masters of Science in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Howard Morrison undertook voluntary teaching in West Africa after school before obtaining a law degree from London University and being called to the UK Bar by Grays Inn in 1977.  He now serves as a Master of the Bench of Grays Inn.  He did short service as a junior infantry officer in the early 1970s.  He practised criminal and civil law until 1986, dividing his criminal law practice between prosecuting and defending, when he took up a post as Resident Magistrate and subsequently Chief Magistrate of Fiji 1986-1988, concurrently serving as Senior Magistrate for Tuvalu, thereafter as Attorney General for Anguilla 1988-9.  He was also called to the Bars of Fiji and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

After return to the UK Bar he was appointed a Recorder [part-time judge] in the UK with authority to try criminal, civil and family law cases.  He served on the Race Relations and Equal Opportunities Committees of the UK Bar Council successfully promoting the cause of increasing ethnic minority and female representation in the UK judiciary.

Moving to international criminal and humanitarian law he defended in genocide and war crimes cases at the UN Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia [The Hague] and Rwanda [Arusha, Tanzania], completing 4 trials in all.  He was a founder member of the ICTY defence counsel association.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001 before being appointed as a UK Circuit Judge in 2004 with authority to try all classes of criminal cases.  He has extensive experience of court management issues and lectures at the UK Judicial College where he also sits on the international judicial training committee.  He was selected as Senior Judge of the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus in 2008 and a Judge of the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2009 in both trial and appellate roles.  He was a trial judge in the landmark case of the former President of Bosnia, Dr Radovan Karadzic.  He was elected by the Rome Statute Assembly of State Parties in New York as the UK Judge to the International Criminal Court in 2012 and now sits as President of the Appeals Division of the ICC.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University, and Hon Professor of Law at Leicester University and has been a visiting lecturer at more than 20 universities in the UK, mainland Europe including Holland, France, Italy, and Norway; Australia [Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Castan Human rights Centre at Monash University], the USA, China, Africa, and, especially, the Middle East.  He holds a Doctor of Laws [LL.D] from Leicester University and regularly undertakes advocacy training for Grays Inn and judicial management training for the International Bar Association and other institutions.


Mark Pieth is since 1993 Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel, Switzerland.  He engaged in extensive research abroad, most notably at the Max Planck Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology in Germany and the Cambridge Institute of Criminology in the United Kingdom.  He also practiced as private barrister, before returning to his alma mater to complete his post-doctoral thesis.

Since assuming the Chair at Basel University he has served twice as Dean of the Law School.  From 1989 to 1993, Prof. Pieth was Head of Section – Economic and Organised Crime at the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (Ministry of Justice and Police).  In this role, he drafted legislation against money laundering, organised crime, drug abuse, corruption and the confiscation of assets.  As a government official and later as an independent consultant, he also acquired extensive experience in international fora, amongst other things, serving as Member of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), Member of the Chemical Action Task Force on Precursor Chemicals and Chair of an intergovernmental expert group charged by the United Nations with determining the extent of the illicit traffic in drugs.

From 1990 to the end of 2013, Prof. Pieth has chaired the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, also participating in the Wolfsberg AML Banking Initiative as a facilitator.  In spring 2004 he was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme.  In autumn 2008, Prof. Pieth was made a member of the Integrity Advisory Board of The World Bank Group (IAB), advising the President of the Bank and the Audit Committee on integrity issues.  From 2011 to 2013, he has chaired the Independent Governance Committee (IGC) overseeing the reform process of FIFA.  More recently, in spring 2013, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Sanctions Appeals Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Prof. Pieth is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Basel Institute on Governance (BIG).  He is a co-founder of the WEF’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI).  He has been member of the Independent Committee to revise the practices of the legal and financial industry in Panama.  Prof. Pieth has served as an expert witness in several landmark arbitration cases, namely IPOC (ad hoc tribunal) Fraport/Philippines (ICSID) and Piatco/Philippines (ICC). Within Switzerland, Prof. Pieth has assumed various presidencies and memberships of national commissions, including the Expert Group of the National Research Programme on Violence and Organised Crime, the Federal Commission on Data Protection in the Medical Profession, the Swiss Federal Gaming Commission and the Consultative Commission to the Federal Administration of Finances on the Prevention of Money Laundering.


Fausto Pocar is Professor emeritus of International Law, University of Milan.  He is Doctor h. c. of the Universities of Antwerp and Buenos Aires.  He has given courses at the Hague Academy of International Law, and has been Visiting Professor and lecturer in courses at Universities in Europe, North and South America. 

Member of the Milan Bar and admitted as counsel before the Italian Supreme Court and International Jurisdictions, he dealt with several international cases.  He also served as Arbitrator and President of Arbitral Tribunals, as well as counsel, in many national and international cases, held in English, French, Italian and German.

Since 2000 Fausto Pocar has been Appeals Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).  He served as President of the ICTY from 2005 to 2008.  He was a Member (1985-2000) of the UN Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and served as its Chairman from 1991 to 1992.  He has been appointed ad hoc Judge at the International Court of Justice in two cases.

He has been for many years (1984-1995) Legal Adviser of the Italian Delegation, and Member of the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), as well as Legal Adviser of the Italian Delegation for outer space matters at the UNGA Special Political Committee.  He has served as Legal Adviser of the Italian Delegation in many sessions of the UN General Assembly and of the Commission on Human Rights, and has presided over the informal Working Group of the UN Commission on Human Rights for the drafting of a Declaration on the rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.  He has been Special Representative of the High Commissioner of Human Rights for visits to Chechnya and the Russian Federation.

Fausto Pocar is Editor-in-Chief of the “Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale”, and Member of the editorial board of “The Global Community, Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence”, “Journal of International Criminal Justice”, “Journal of Private International  Law”, “Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law”, “Revista española de derecho internacional”.  He is a Member and treasurer of the Institut de droit international; President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo); Honorary President and former President of the Italian Branch of the Italo-German Association of Jurists; and, member of several relevant scientific associations.  He is author of around 300 publications, including several books and articles in international journals, dealing with International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Private International Law, European Union Law, Space Law and International Criminal Law.


Stephen J. Rapp is the Sonia and Harry Blumenthal Distinguished Fellow for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center beginning in 2015.  As part of the fellowship, he has been in residence at the Hague Institute for Global Justice beginning in 2016.

Mr. Rapp served as Ambassador-at-Large heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the US State Department from 2009 to 2015.  In that position he coordinated US Government support to international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, as well as to hybrid and national courts responsible for prosecuting persons charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Rapp was the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) responsible for the prosecution of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and others bearing the greatest responsibility for serious violations during the Sierra Leone civil war.  From 2001 to 2007, he served as Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, personally heading the trial team that achieved convictions of the principals of RTLM radio and Kangura newspaper - the first in history for leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

Mr. Rapp was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa from 1993 to 2001.   Prior to his tenure as U.S. Attorney, he worked as an attorney in private practice and served as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and as an elected member of the Iowa Legislature.


Franco Roberti was appointed Trainee Judge at the Judge’s Office of Borgo San Lorenzo (FI) in 1976, Magistrate Roberti then moved to the Court of Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi (AV) in 1979 (where, among the other cases he was assigned to, he was Investigating Judge in the criminal cases related to violations of construction rules for buildings that eventually collapsed in the Irpinia earthquake of November 1980), and was eventually appointed Deputy-Prosecutor at the Court of Naples in 1982.  In the latter Office, Magistrate Roberti has investigated crimes against public administration, organized crime related to mafia and treasonous terrorism and, since its establishment, he joined the District Anti-Mafia Directorate.

Between 1993 and 2001 Magistrate Roberti carried out the functions as Deputy-Prosecutor at the National Anti-Mafia Directorate.  From 2001 to 2005 he was Adjunct-Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor Office in Naples, coordinating the section with jurisdiction over crimes against the personality of the State, crimes of terrorism even with international relevance, crimes of treasonous terrorism against the constitutional order, and also coordinated the section for preventive measures.

From 2005 to 2009 Magistrate Roberti was coordinator of the District Anti-Mafia Directorate of Naples.  In this capacity he directed, in collaboration with other Deputy-Prosecutors, the main investigations against organized criminal groups belonging to the local mafia network named “camorra” operating in the city of Naples and in the Caserta areas.  From 2009 he was Prosecutor at the Court of Salerno where he personally coordinated the District Anti-Mafia Directorate.

On 25 July 2013, the Italian High Judicial Council appointed Magistrate Franco Roberti as the National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor.  Based on a legislative reform of 2015, the Prosecutor has jurisdiction over all Anti-Mafia and also Anti-Terrorism serious cases.


William A. Schabas is Professor of International Law at Middlesex University in London.  He is also Professor of International Human Law and Human Rights at Leiden University, Emeritus Professor of Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and honorary chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, invited visiting scholar at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Politiques), honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, visiting fellow of Kellogg College of the University of Oxford, and professeur associé at the Université du Québec à Montréal.  Prof. Schabas is a ‘door tenant’ at the chambers of 9 Bedford Row, in London.

Professor Schabas served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and he was named chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict.  Professor Schabas has worked as a consultant on capital punishment for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and drafted the 2010 and 2015 reports of the Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty.

Professor Schabas is an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006 and a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007.  He was awarded the Vespasian V. Pella Medal for International Criminal Justice of the International Association of Penal Law, and the Gold Medal in the Social Sciences of the Royal Irish Academy.


Kanako Takayama is Professor of Criminal Law at the Kyoto University, Faculty of Law.  She has a Master of Law (M.A.) from the University of Tokyo, and she is Major in law at the University of Cologne, Germany.  In 2006, Prof. Takayama was awarded by Germany the Federal Cross of Merit (Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland), and the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande).  Since 2001 she has been member of expert committees for the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and Kyoto Prefecture.  Since 2006, she is an Associate member of the Science Council of Japan.

Among her national and international commitments in the legal field are the roles as: Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP/IAPL), since 2004; Executive member of the Criminal Law Society of Japan, since 2009; Executive member of the Japanisch-Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rechtswissenschaft, since 2009; Secretary General for Asia of the International Society for Social Defense (ISSD), since 2012; Executive member of the Humboldt Association of Japan, since 2013; and, Corresponding member of the Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung, since 2016.

Prof. Takayama’s numerous publications focus on: various textbooks of criminal law; death penalty in national and international criminal law; the evolution of the ICC; the reform of the criminal justice system in Japan; jurisdictional principles under international law; the introduction of European elements in the antitrust criminal law in Japan; the beginning and dignity of human beings in criminal law; fighting international and national corruption by means of criminal law; corruption and related offences in international business relations; and, corruption and related offences in international business relation.


Cuno Tarfusser, admitted to the Bar and then national Italian Judge, has been appointed Judge of the Pre-Trial Division of the International Criminal Court (ICC), for a term of nine years, on 11 March 2009.  He was second Vice-President of the Court from 2012 to 2015, overseeing in particular the financial, organizational and management of the Court.  He is now President of the Trial Chamber I and of the Pre-Trial Chamber II.  National of Italy, he was elected by the Assembly of the State Parties from list A (competence in criminal law and procedure) on 20 January 2009.

Prior to joining the ICC, Judge Tarfusser served the Public Prosecution Office of the Bolzano District Court, Italy, first as Deputy Public Prosecutor for a period of sixteen years (1985-2001) and then as Chief Public Prosecutor for a further eight years (2001-2008).  Under his guidance, the working practices of the Office were radically restructured, and the organisational model he conceived and implemented is now considered as the standard for the entire Justice Administration system throughout Italy.  When serving as Public Prosecutor, Cuno Tarfusser directed a number of investigations and trials related to crimes against individuals; crimes against the State, including terrorism; crimes against the public administration such as extortion and corruption; crimes of trafficking, smuggling and European Union fraud; and, organised crime such as money laundering.

At the ICC, Judge Tarfusser has worked on cases related to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Sudan / Darfur, Libya, Mali, Uganda, Ivory Coast, and the Central African Republic.

During his career, Judge Tarfusser has lectured at a number of universities in Italy and abroad, addressing on matters of court management and of international criminal law. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Padova, Italy.


Jean-François Thony is the Prosecutor General of the Court of Appeals of the Alsace region and the President of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights.

He began his career in the French Judiciary as Examining Judge (juge d’instruction), Deputy Prosecutor (substitut du procureur), and Chief Prosecutor (procureur de la République).  He joined the United Nations International Drug Control Programme in early 1991 as Senior Legal Adviser and later became Programme Manager of the UN Global Program against Money Laundering. In July 2000, he was appointed as Judge, Court of Appeal of Versailles (France).

He joined the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in July 2002 to serve as Assistant General Counsel and Head of the Financial Integrity Group, with the responsibility of overseeing and coordinating all anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) activities of the IMF. He was appointed in September 2007 as Director of the French “Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature” (National School for the Judiciary), where he served for more than four years. In February 2012, he was appointed as Prosecutor General of the Court of Appeal of Alsace, in Colmar (France).

In January 2017 he was elected as the Chairman of the National Conference of Prosecutors General in France.

Jean-François Thony is also Executive Vice-President of the International Association of Penal Law, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), a member of the Academic Committee of the United Nations International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA, Laxenburg, Austria), a member of the EC Expert Group on European Criminal Policy (European Commission, Brussels), and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Research Group on Financial Crime (DELFICO-CEFTI), Aix-Marseille University. He has published several studies and research papers on the issues of money laundering and terrorism financing. He was awarded the distinctions of Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’honneur, Chevalier de l’Ordre national du mérite and of Chevalier de l’Ordre des palmes académiques.


John A.E. Vervaele is full time Professor of Economic and European Criminal Law at Utrecht Law School (the Netherlands) and Professor of European Criminal Law at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). 
He is President of the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP), the oldest world organization for criminal justice. The main topics in his research field are: enforcement of Union law; standards of due process of law, procedural safeguards and human rights; criminal law and procedure and regional integration; comparative economic and financial criminal law; terrorism and criminal procedure. He has realized a lot of research in these areas, both as Researcher of Utrecht law School and under contract for Dutch Departments and European Institutions. He is regularly teaching as visiting professor in foreign universities, in Europe, the US,  Latin America and China .



Xiumei Wang is Professor of Law at the Beijing Normal University (BNU).  Prior to joining the BNU, Prof. Wang worked as judge at Tianjing Intermediate People’s Court (1988-1997), as deputy prosecutor general at Fangshan District Prosecution Office of Beijing (2008-2009), as Assistant to The Hague International Criminal Court’s Pre-trial Chamber in 2004 and as Associate Professor of Law at Renmin University of China (2000-2005).

Prof. Wang holds a Bachelor degree of Law from Tianjin Normal University, a Master and a PhD of Law from Renmin University of China.  She completed her Postdoctoral research on International Criminal Law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

In addition, Prof. Wang was also a visiting scholar at New York University School of Law (1995-1996), a Global Research Fellow (2003-2004) under Hauser Global Law Program, and a Fulbright Scholar (2009-2010) both at the New York University.  Prof. Wang has published a total of 160 papers and authored 45 books.

Prof. Wang is currently Deputy-Secretary General of the International Association of Penal Law (IAPL-AIDP) and Secretary General IAPL-AIDP Chinese Group.  She is the Executive Director of the Research Center on Cooperation Regarding Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery in the G20 Member States.



Christine Van den Wyngaert was elected Judge at the International Criminal Court as of 11 March 2009, for a term of nine years.  She is assigned to the Appeals Division.  Elected from the Western European and Others Group of States, list A.

Judge Van den Wyngaert (1952) graduated from Brussels University in 1974 and obtained a PhD in International Criminal Law in 1979.  She was a professor of law at the University of Antwerp (1985 - 2005) where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative criminal law and international criminal law.  She authored numerous publications in all these fields.  She was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (Centre for European Legal Studies (1994 - 1996), Research Centre for International Law (1996 ‑1997)) and a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Her merits as an academic were recognised in the form of a Doctorate Honoris Causa, awarded by the University of Uppsala, Sweden (2001).  In 2010, she was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Brussels, Belgium.  In 2013, she received two further a Doctorates Honoris Causa, one from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland Ohio) and one from Maastricht University (The Netherlands).

Judge Van den Wyngaert gained expertise in various governmental organisations.  She was a member of the Criminal Procedure Reform Commission in Belgium (Commission Franchimont) (1991 - 1998) and served as an expert for the European Union in various criminal law projects.  She has extensive international judicial experience.  She served in the International Court of Justice as an ad hoc Judge in the Arrest Warrant Case (2000 - 2002) and was elected as a Judge in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia where she served for more than five years (2003 – 2009).

In 2013, the Flemish Government awarded her a golden medal for her achievements in international criminal law.  In 2014, she was elected Vice President of the International Association of Penal Law.  Judge Van den Wyngaert was granted the title of Baroness by the King of Belgium for her merits as an academic and as an international judge.  She was an expert for the two major scientific organisations in her field, the International Law Association and the International Association of Penal Law, which elected her to the position of Vice President at the Rio de Janeiro Congress of Penal Law in 2014.  She was an observer of the Human Rights League at the trial of Helen Passtoors in Johannesburg in 1986 and made human rights a focal point in her teachings and writings throughout her career.  In 2006, she was awarded the Prize of the Human Rights League.




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