Final Report on ISISC’s 2015 ICL Course
The 2015 Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on ‘Global Issues and their Impact on the Future of Human Rights and International Criminal Justice’ was held in Siracusa from May 31st until June 10th, 2015. The course was sponsored by the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP – France), the University of Palermo Department of Law (Italy), the Middlesex University Department of Law (London, UK), and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland (Galway, Ireland).
The Specialization Course was attended by 66 participants from all over the world, from Argentina to Iraq, from Japan to Indonesia. 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. Thirty-two different countries, as well as thirty-five different Universities, were represented among the participants involved in the Specialization Course. The course was taught and attended by eighteen 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:
- The World’s Changing Realities
- Human Rights Norms and Enforcement Mechanisms
- Challenges to Human Rights and International Criminal Justice:
- Population, Food and Environmental Factors
- Organized crime, Terrorism and other Forms of Transnational Criminality
- Failed and Failing States and Geopolitical Considerations
- Assessment of International Criminal Justice and Future Challenges
– Special Session – Failed States in a Failing World, and Global Complicity for the Crime of Aggression
– Special Session – Screening of the film “No Fire Zone”
The second part of the course involved a workshop. During this workshop, the participants were divided into 4 groups of sixteen, and each group worked as a special committee of experts that had been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to advise on a specific topic for a special session on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The topics included: 1) International Criminal Justice; 2) Human Rights; 3) Transnational Criminality and Inter-states Cooperation in Penal Matters; and 4) Reinforcement of National Criminal Justice Systems. Each group had to write a statement to the Secretary-General to amend or supplement his Synthesis Report on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, applying the lessons learnt during the course. The groups were asked to explain the relevance of their topic in relation to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda; identify goals related to their topic that should be amended or added to supplement the Synthesis Report; identify the challenges that the international community may have to face in order to fulfill these goals; and recommend language to amend and/or supplement the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as specific implementation measures through existing or proposed mechanisms. 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.