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The Siracusa Institute's International Defence Counsel Training Programme has been conceived by a team of experts encompassing:


Andrea Chmielinski Bigazzi, Programme Director

Andrea Chmieliński Bigazzi cooperates with the Siracusa International Institute as Senior Advisor specialised in International Criminal Law (LLM), Rule of Law and Justice Reform programmes.

Andrea’s international career spans over a decade during which he has worked as legal adviser for the United Nations, the European Union and NATO in the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus and at headquarters in Brussels.

Owing to his extensive international legal experience, Andrea has been member of the Official Italian Delegation for bilateral relations on Human Rights in the Criminal Justice Sector between Iran and Italy.  Andrea is Programme Director for the Siracusa Institute’s International Defence Counsel Training Programme.

In his private practice Andrea leads an international initiative of global expertise.  He works on policy and normative aspects related to cybersecurity and on procedural aspects of international proceedings on cybercrime cases.  Andrea coordinates broader activities related to data protection compliance and privacy advocacy in front of supra-national jurisdictions and regulatory authorities.  He regularly lectures at conferences and seminars.



Michael S. Greco, Chair of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights; Of Counsel of K&L Gates LLP

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


Filippo Musca, Deputy Director General

Filippo Musca joined the Siracusa Institute in 2008 as Coordinator of the Afghanistan Program and has been the Deputy Director General of the Institute since February 2014. He is responsible for the development and effective implementation of the Institute’s strategies, plans and priorities by directing and being accountable for the technical assistance, educational and research projects while managing and supervising the work of up to 10 staff members at the Institute.

He supports the Siracusa Institute President and Board of Directors for all administrative and financial issues related with the Institute’s overall budget and the coordination of the development and implementation of agreed fundraising strategies with public and private donors. He holds a degree in International Relations and a Master in International Strategic Studies.


Jean-Pierre Picca, Partner, White & Case, Paris; former Senior Legal Adviser to the President of the French Republic
piccaA partner in the White & Casefirm's Global White Collar Practice since 2013, Jean-Pierre Picca's practice focuses on multijurisdictional regulatory, criminal and civil proceedings. A senior legal advisor to the President of the French Republic from 2010 to 2012, as well as a senior prosecutor, Mr. Picca held various high-level positions within the French judiciary. From 2002 to 2007, he served as Senior Liaison Legal Advisor to the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice, and to the Embassy of France in Washington, DC. He worked in close cooperation with the United States Attorney's offices across the country, and with federal law enforcement agencies, as well as the State judicial authorities. In 2005, Mr. Picca was also appointed a Legal Expert in Criminal Law before the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was also a member of the French Delegation to the Council of Europe's Committee for Judicial Cooperation and Human Rights, as well as to the UN Commission for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. As head of the French Ministry of Justice's Office of International Cooperation from 1996 to 2002, he conducted law enforcement and judicial assistance projects for the French government and for the European Commission.


Ezechia Paolo Reale, Secretary General

Ezechia Paolo Reale is a criminal defense lawyer, partner of the legal firm “Sallicano & Reale” in Siracusa. He has worked as an attorney since 1985, pleading before the Court of Cassation, the Disciplinary Chamber of the Italian High Council of the Judiciary and the European Court of Human Rights, among others.

His involvement in the field of international criminal law started in 1997, when he became a member of the Siracusa Institute Scientific Regional Committee and of the Board of Directors of the Centre for European Criminal Law of Catania. Still in 1997, he was a Visiting Fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law, Chicago. In the following years, he participated in the Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, held at the United Nations Office in New York, in his capacity as Siracusa Institute Representative. In December 1999, he was appointed Councilor for Urban Planning of the City of Siracusa, and held this office until 2008.

In 2000 he became a member of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) and participated in the High-level Conference for the Signature of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols, held in Palermo. In 2002 and 2003, in his capacity as Legal Advisor to the Italian diplomatic delegation, he participated in the Assembly of States Parties to the Statute of the International Criminal Court, held at the United Nations Office in New York. He edited the Italian version of the text of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, contained in the book “La Corte Penale Internazionale – Organi, Competenza, Reati, Processo” (Giuffrè, Italy, 2006).

In 2008, he was admitted in the list of attorneys qualified to defend before the International Criminal Court. In 2010, in his capacity as Legal Advisor to the Italian diplomatic delegation, he attended the Review Conference of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, held in Kampala (Uganda)


Jean-François Thony,  Prosecutor General of the Court of Appeals of the Alsace region, France
JFThonyJean-François Thony is the Prosecutor General of the Court of Appeals of the Alsace region (France) and the President of the Siracusa Institute (International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, ISISC, Siracusa, Italy). 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). Jean-François Thony is also Executive Vice-President of the International Association of Penal Law, Vice-President of the National Conference of Prosecutors Generals, 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. He is married and the father of four children.



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