Training for Professionals - Judiciary and Law Enforcement

The International Criminal Law Defence Seminar

The International Criminal Law Defence Seminar
Turin, 2-4 May 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 three-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 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 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 to the ICC Rules of Procedure and Evidence;
  • 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 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).


1. How to apply

  • Application deadline: please complete and send the application form, which can be downloaded here, at by 23 April 2018;
  • Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalized upon confirmation of acceptance, by 26 April 2018 (i.e. candidates should provide UNICRI with proof of payment by e-mail by the same date).

2. Applicants requiring VISA (IMPORTANT)

Those applicants requiring VISA are suggested to submit an early application (preferably by 2 April 2018) and to notify the Seminar Administrative Office on this circumstance. 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.

3. Fees and accommodation

  • General registration fee: € 900

The registration fee does not cover expenses such as those related to travel, meals, accommodation, and VISA.

4. Certificate of participation

Lectures are held from 9.30 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. from 2 to 4 May 2018. 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. The Turin Bar Association releases 18 training credits to Italian Bar Members attending the Seminar.

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

5. Cancellation and Refunds

In the event of a participant cancellation for any reason, including VISA denial, registration fees will not be refunded

6. Contacts

Further information can be requested to the Seminar Administrative Office at the following e-mail address: (Please indicate “Defence Seminar” in the subject of the email) or by phone at (+39) 011 65 37 154/157

Download the Application Form


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