Turin, Italy

The International Criminal Law Defence Seminar

when 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 900

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with the International Criminal Court Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (ICC-OPCD), is organizing a Seminar focused on the main issues and strategies related to the field of defence in the international criminal law. The Seminar will be held at the UN Campus in Turin (Italy) from 15 to 18 April 2019. The four-day seminar will cover all aspects of international criminal defence. In particular, it will cover aspects related to the functioning of the defence teams and Court offices, the lawyer-client relationship, the defence ethics, the strategies of the case and the investigations, the mechanisms behind plea negotiations, the structuring of legal arguments, considerations in trial proceedings, detention issues and the post-trial phase. Topics will be presented in a highly interactive and dynamic way, enabling participants to acquire practical skills that can be of immediate use in daily practice.

Thanks to the participation of renowned experts, the Seminar represents a unique opportunity to acquire a deep understanding of defence within the framework of international criminal law. The Seminar is held in English, therefore a good command of the language is required.

Course topics include:

- Basic principles of International Criminal Law;
- Punishable conducts and modes of liability;
- Introduction and overview of International Criminal Defence;
- Defence Counsel qualifications and training - setting up a defence team;
- Lawyer-client relationship Defence investigations and strategies;
- Sources of case law;
- How to structure and present legal arguments;
- Direct and cross-examination by the Defence;
- Execution phase.

The trainers who will be delivering the 2019 Seminar are:

- Ms. Marie O'Leary, Counsel, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence of the International Criminal Court (ICC-OPCD).
- Ms. Paula Lynch, Associate Legal Officer, Defence Office, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

Course leader

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), in cooperation with the International Criminal Court Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (ICC-OPCD)

Target group

The Seminar is designed for practicing and trainee lawyers interested in the practice of international criminal law whether in national or international courts and for those professionals working with organizations involved in this area.

Credits info

Certificate of participation

Lectures are held from 9.30 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. from 15 to 17 April and from 9.30 until 13.00 on 18 April 2019. Upon attendance of all the lectures and completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of participation issued by UNICRI. Attendance is compulsory for the whole duration of the course. Recognition of professional training credits for Italian lawyers has been requested to the Turin Bar Association.

Absence grounded on serious reasons may be considered at the Organizers discretion.

Fee info

EUR 900: The registration fee does not cover expenses such as those related to travel, meals, accommodation, and VISA. In the event of a participant cancellation for any reason, including VISA denial, registration fees will not be refunded.


There is no scholarship or financial aid available for this program.

Email: unicri.seminars@un.org (please indicate “Defence Seminar 2019” in the subject of the email)
Tel: (+39) 011 6537154 or (+39) 011 6537157 or (+39) 011 6537111