Programme Overview

User Rating: 5 / 5

Star ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar Active
 

Promoting and enhancing the exercise of the defence rights in international criminal proceedings

 

Philosophy:

The Programme has the following core elements:

  1. It is the first international criminal law programme exclusively dedicated to the training of defence lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists focused on defence rights in international criminal proceedings and national proceedings related to transnational crimes.  Through this unique, dynamic and multi-year Training Programme, attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their expertise in criminal law and procedure, as well as in specific practice areas. Accordingly, attendees can tailor their training programme according to their interests and specialised areas of practice.  Note that only limited places are available in each Course, and so “early bird” registration is highly recommended.
  2. The Programme has an outstanding Academia of experts and is organised in close cooperation with the most prominent international lawyers’ and bar associations, and law societies.  The Siracusa International Institute launches this important Programme in partnership with the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), the Italian Scuola Superiore dell’Avvocatura (SSA),  the Association internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP), International Criminal Justice Consortium (ICJC), and the Centre d'Etudes sur la Sécurité Internationale et le Coopérations Européennes (CESICE)
  3.   The Institute looks forward to strengthening and broadening its partnership platform.
  4. The Programme will evolve in collaboration with the Siracusa International Institute’s partner associations and societies, to continue meeting the current and future training needs of the international legal profession. This will contribute to the development of conferences, webinars, and e-learning modules to ensure that attendees’ specialised knowledge and skills are up-to-date. 
     

Introduction:

The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights[1] (SII, Siracusa, Italy) is pleased to present its Siracusa Institute's International Defence Counsel Training Programme (the Programme) on defence rights in international criminal justice and international legal assistance, specifically dedicated to defence lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists.  This Programme is part of a global effort that the Siracusa Institute launches in collaboration with relevant Partners and Institutions: a comprehensive and multifaceted initiative to address the observation that defence rights are often regarded as the weak ring of the international justice chain.

As a matter of fact, international criminal justice is predominantly regarded as the effort to investigate, prosecute, adjudicate, and repress the commission of international crimes or crimes affecting the international community.  The crucially important work of defence lawyers, and indeed the rights of suspects and defendants whom they protect, are too often neglected.  A correction to this state of play is needed, given that defence rights and the right to a fair trial are fundamental to upholding the rule of law, and ensuring equal access to justice, equality of arms and fairness.  Accordingly, the fight against and repression of international crimes must be pursued in accordance with the mandatory respect of the fundamental rights of suspects and defendants, and also of victims and witnesses.  These rights, and those lawyers that advocate for them, must be supported, reinforced and promoted. 

The Programme will address defence rights in two main areas: (1) defence rights before international courts and tribunals; and, (2) defence rights in the course of investigations and prosecutions of transnational crimes.  The empowerment of defence lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists in these areas will be achieved by paying particular attention to procedural aspects of international criminal justice, in relation to international legal cooperation in criminal matters as well as practice and jurisprudence of relevant jurisdictions.

In pursuance of the global effort to promote defence rights and fundamental rights in partnership with the world’s major international lawyers’ associations and principal international justice institutions, the Siracusa Institute has therefore decided to plan, develop and launch this specialised and comprehensively in-depth Programme.  In its initial phase, the Programme foresees several training courses each year given the anticipated high level of interest and demand among practitioners and scholars worldwide.

To cater for different levels of professional experience and needs among potential participants, the Programme is articulated in the form of an entry-level course on Fundamentals on Defence Rights before International Courts, and a series of specialisation courses that will provide an invaluable opportunity for participants to develop more advanced knowledge, practical skills and techniques in their areas of practice and interest.

The Programme is holistic, comprehensive, practically grounded and is supervised by a prestigious and world-renowned Academia.  Its Modules will be conducted by lecturers who are prominent scholars, officials with leading justice institutions, highly experienced international lawyers, and representatives of lawyers’ associations.  Under the Siracusa Institute’s expert guidance, these ingredients will ensure that defence lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists master the substantive and procedural aspects of defence rights in relation to international and national proceedings.

 

Rationale:

Lawyers and their national and international professional associations play a fundamental role in upholding the rule of law, as well as ensuring equal access to justice and fairness to suspects and accused persons.  Defence lawyers in particular are charged with responsibility for advocating the rights of sometimes very unpopular defendants and, in many countries, at immense personal risk.  Accordingly, defence lawyers and related professionals must be properly supported in their professional development with tailored training.

Training programmes in defence rights at the international level, designed for defence lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists are relatively scarce, and have usually been conducted by an extremely limited number of international lawyers’ associations.  The only international bodies that have run training programmes in these areas are the major international courts and tribunals, however their programmes are tailored to their own jurisdictions, procedural rules and activities.

The Siracusa Institute is well placed to lead this initiative.  Drawing on its more than forty years of experience in international and comparative criminal law, and international justice activities, the Institute has taken the global lead in developing the SII International Defence Counsel Programme on defence rights in international proceedings, with appropriate attention given to international criminal law and procedure, international cooperation in criminal matters including mutual legal assistance, and protection of fundamental rights.

The Siracusa Institute's International Defence Counsel Training Programme will serve several main objectives, including:

- To equip defence lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists with the substantive knowledge, practical skills and proven techniques to advocate on behalf of their clients in international proceedings.  This includes training in relevant jurisprudence of international courts, procedural elements of international proceedings, and the substantive and procedural aspects of the complementarity principle;

- To strengthen the capacity of defence lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists to assist clients in international investigations, by equipping them with the substantive knowledge, practical skills and proven techniques necessary to protect defence rights in the context of international legal cooperation.  This includes in-depth training on mutual legal assistance principles, and International and European investigation and cooperation tools; and

- To develop the knowledge of defence lawyers, in-house counsel and international jurists of the context of international organized crime and specifically, transnational crimes such as money laundering, corruption, cybercrime, trafficking in drugs and persons, violations of personal data, and others.

The Programme is articulated in an entry-level course on Fundamentals on Defence Rights before International Courts and a series of specialisation courses, as briefly described below.

 

Programme:

The Siracusa Institute's International Defence Counsel Training Programme will be structured as follows:

  1. An Entry-Level Course on Fundamentals on Defence Rights before International Courts.  The Fundamentals Course is designed for lawyers appointed to defend clients in cases before international courts and tribunals, such as the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and so-called mixed international criminal tribunals.  The Fundamentals Course will also train lawyers involved in complex investigations and litigation on transnational crimes, such as human trafficking or the smuggling of migrants, and those engaged in human rights protection through other legal processes, justice sector reforms and technical assistance programmes.

The Fundamentals Course will be complemented and supplemented by a series of standalone Specialisation Courses.

 

  1. Several Specialisation Courses that will allow the attendees to develop expertise in specific fields such as:

 

  1. Defence Rights in a wide array of International and European Criminal Law fields:
    1. Exercise of defence rights in international investigations within the European Union: international legal cooperation in European criminal law matters, mutual recognition, the European Investigation Order, the European Arrest Warrant, and the role of Eurojust and Europol;
    2. Protection of fundamental rights in the European Criminal Law corpus juris: the European Court of Human Rights, the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Court of Justice, and related procedural aspects, jurisprudence, and practice;
    3. International drug trafficking: patterns and legal issues: data and facts, new trends, geopolitical perspectives, international enforcement strategies, the international legal framework, national and international legislation, and the exercise of defence rights in international investigations and prosecutions;
    4. Human trafficking and smuggling of migrants: patterns and legal issues: data and facts, new trends, geopolitical perspectives, international enforcement strategies, the international legal framework, national and international legislation, and the exercise of defence rights in international investigations and prosecutions;
    5. Financial crime, money laundering, terrorism financing: patterns and legal issues: data and facts, new trends, geopolitical perspectives, international enforcement strategies, the international legal framework, national and international legislation, and the exercise of defence rights in international investigations and prosecutions;
    6. Cybercrime: patterns and legal issues: data and facts, new trends, geopolitical perspectives, the international legal framework, international enforcement strategies, national and international legislation, and the exercise of defence rights in international investigations and prosecutions;
    7. Defence rights and fundamental rights in data protection and privacy: national and international legislation, competent bodies, protection mechanisms, consumers’ associations, and the protection of private and general interests;
    8. Corruption in international trade and business: data and facts, new trends, geopolitical perspectives, the international legal framework, international enforcement strategies, national and international legislation, and the exercise of defence rights in international investigations and prosecutions.

 

  1. Defence Rights before International Courts: history of International Criminal Justice, and sources, content, and structure of International Criminal Law:
    1. Defence Rights and the International Criminal Court;
    2. Defence Rights and the European Court of Human Rights;
    3. Defence Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.


The Siracusa Institute intends to develop e-learning platforms and training modules, in order to reach a greater number of trainees through the use of modern technology.  Webinars are also an effective way of reinforcing and updating trainees’ knowledge acquired through the Institute’s courses, including the Fundamentals on Defence Rights before International Courts.  The use of technology in this way also provides a unique opportunity for the Institute to highlight its work and dynamism, build its international profile, remain engaged with its networks of alumni, and explore potential trends or issues of interest among legal practitioners that can be used to build on the Siracusa Institute's International Defence Counsel Training Programme over the medium- to long-term.

 

Partners:

In developing the Siracusa Institute's International Defence Counsel Training Programme, the Siracusa Institute has worked closely with several partners including lawyers’ associations, bar associations and international criminal justice consortia.  These partnerships are important to the pursuance of the global effort to promote defence rights and fundamental rights protection through the legal profession worldwide, and to the long-term success of the Programme for several reasons:

  1. The Institute’s partners are organisations, associations, and consortia that are highly representative of lawyers worldwide.  They contribute to maintaining the highest standards in relation to the Programme’s quality, as well as its prestige and visibility among international legal networks;
  2. Many bar associations worldwide have established Continuing Legal Education systems in order to ensure that lawyers and barristers meet minimum levels of professional training, which is mandatory for them to maintain their membership in the association. Accordingly, the Siracusa Institute’s Programme is well placed to provide training to satisfy the credit requirements of such systems, especially in relation to defence lawyers;
  3. The partners will be perfectly positioned to provide scientific support and experts to be involved in conducting several aspects of the Programme, its evaluation and ongoing development;
  4. By establishing a stable base of partners at the outset, the Siracusa Institute is able to also consider gradually introducing new course offerings, or potential projects, as well as expand its partnerships and geographical reach.

 

The Siracusa Institute is honoured to work in this Programme with the following Partners, building on its existing strong relationships of mutual trust and cooperation with each:

  • International Association of Lawyers (UIA)
  • Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP)
  • International Criminal Justice Consortium (ICJC)
  • Italian Scuola Superiore dell’Avvocatura (SSA)
  • French Conseil National des Barreaux (CNB)
  • African Bar Association (AFBA)
  • International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Beijing Normal University (BNU)
  • Centre d’Etudes sur la Sécurité Internationale et le Coopérations Européennes (CESICE)

 

Institutional partners in the course of being contacted for institutional cooperation include the following:

  • International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Coalition for the ICC (CICC), and other existing International and Mixed-Models Tribunals (ICTY, ICTR, etc.)
  • European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Council of Europe (COE)
  • Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
  • European University Institute (EUI)
  • United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • European Union (EU)
  • United Nations (UN)
  • Other their relevant agencies and bodies as appropriate.

 

  • Timeline for Courses
    (the full calendar of courses for 2018 and 2019 will be published soon, please subscribe to our newsletter to be immediately notified)
    :
    1. -: First Course on Fundamentals on Defence Rights before International Courts, to be conducted over 5 days (Monday to Friday).
    2. Specialisation Courses, each course to be conducted over 2.5 days.  These courses are expected to be implemented in:
      1. -: Cases related to Financial Crime, Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing: Patterns and Legal Issues;
      2. -: International Drug Trafficking: Patterns and Legal Issues;
      3. -: The Exercise of Defence Rights in International Investigations within the European Union;
      4. -: Defence Rights at the European Court of Human Rights;
      5. -: Cybercrime: Patterns and Legal Issues;
      6. -: Corruption Cases related to International Trade and Business;
      7. -: The Protection of Fundamental Rights in the European Criminal Law corpus juris;
    3. -: Second Course on Fundamentals on Defence Rights before International Courts;
    4. Additional Specialisation Courses:
      1. -: Defence Rights and Fundamental Rights in Data Protection and Privacy;
      2. -: Cases related to Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants: Patterns and Legal Issues.

 

Fees:

Fundamentals on Defence Rights before International Courts

  • Inaugural promotional fee: 1.400 euros until the Course begins.
     
     

Specialisation Courses

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: 700 euros up until 1 month before the Course begins;
  • Standard Registration Fee: 900 euros in the last month before to the Course begins.


Special Discount

Partner member
    10 % discount

Young Lawyers (up to 35 years)
    10 % discount (can be added to the Partner membership discount)

Attendance to previous Courses of the same Programme for International Defence Counsel
    10 % discount (can be added to the Partner membership discount)

 

As a not-for-profit foundation that is both independent and impartial, the Siracusa International Institute [legally registered as the Foundation International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences - ISISC (Onlus)] does not accept private funding or sponsorship for its Programme. The Programme is financed solely by participants’ registration contributions. 


[1] The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights is the new public name adopted by the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC). A new name and logo, but the same core, longstanding values, vision and expertise: the global pursuit and promotion of criminal justice, human rights and the fight against transnational crime.

™ Foundation International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences- ISISC (Onlus)

_____________________________

Newsletter

Contact Us

The Siracusa Institute

Via Logoteta 27, 96100 Siracusa - Italy

Email: idc@siracusainstitute.org

Telephone: +39 0931 414515

Fax: +39 0931 67622

Websitewww.siracusainstitute.org