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The International Criminal Law Defence Seminar
Turin, 2-4 May 2018
Application deadline: 23 April 2018

in cooperation with The Office of Public Counsel for the Defence of the International Criminal Court

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 2–4 May 2018. 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.

The three-day seminar will cover all aspects of international criminal defence. In particular, it will cover aspects related to the functioning of defence teams and Court offices, the lawyer-client relationship, the defence ethics, the strategies of the case and 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.

The trainers who will be delivering the 2018 Seminar are:

  • Ms. Deirdre Montgomery, Attorney at Law; Solicitor (England & Wales); Legal Officer at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
  • Ms. Marie O'Leary, Counsel, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence of the International Criminal Court (ICC-OPCD).

The Turin Bar Association releases 18 training credits to Italian Bar Members attending the Seminar.

The fee of the seminar is € 900. Approximately 10 participants will have the possibility to attend, together with the 37 students of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice. The working language will be English. The deadline for applications is 23 April 2018. Full payment has to be finalized, upon confirmation of acceptance, by 26 April 2018. For more information please visit the Seminar webpage or send a message to

Note for non-EU citizens: We highly recommend non-EU applicants to apply by 2 April 2018 in order to facilitate the preparation of all the necessary steps for the issuance of the relevant Visa to enter Italy. The Visa shall be issued by the competent Italian Diplomatic Authorities in the countries of nationality or residence of participants. Please consider that issuance of a VISA by Italian Embassies and Consulates takes approximately 30 days. UNICRI cannot be held accountable in case of visa refusal. The agenda and the registration form are available below.

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