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In developing the Siracusa Institute's International Defence Counsel Training Programme (the 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.




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