International Criminal Court Summer School

The annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school specialising on the International Criminal Court. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to attend a series of intensive lectures over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject as well as by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. The interactive and stimulating course is particularly suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, scholars, and NGO workers. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law. Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, jurisdiction, fair trial rights, and the rules of procedure and evidence.

This year’s ICC Summer School will include a special session on victims at the International Criminal Court.

The list of speakers at the 2016 ICC Summer School includes the following: Professor William Schabas (Irish Centre for Human Rights/Middlesex University); Professor Anne-Marie de Brouwer (Tilburg University); Dr Fabricio Guariglia (Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court); Professor Megan A. Fairlie (Florida International University); Paolina Massida (Office of the Public Counsel for Victims, International Criminal Court); Professor Ray Murphy (Irish Centre for Human Rights); Dr Rod Rastan (Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court); Dr Mohamed M. El Zeidy (International Criminal Court); Professor Donald M. Ferencz (Middlesex University); Dr Nadia Bernaz (Middlesex University); Fiona McKay (former head of Victims Participation and Reparations Section of the International Criminal Court) Dr Kwadwo Appiagyei Atua (University of Ghana and University of Lincoln); Dr Noelle Higgins (Maynooth University);
Dr Shane Darcy (Irish Centre for Human Rights).

The deadline for availing of the early bird registration fee of €400 has been extended until 30 April 2016, with the fee for registrations after that date being €450. The closing date for registrations is 10 June 2016. The registration fee includes all course materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. The registration fee also includes a complimentary copy of: William A. Schabas, Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4th ed.).
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2015 ICC Summer School

The Irish Centre for Human Rights hosted its annual Summer School on the International Criminal Court from 15th to 19th of June 2015 at NUI Galway. The Summer School was well attended with delegates travelling from all corners of the globe to participate in a lively and enlightening week. Fascinating presentations were delivered by some of the world’s leading experts in the subject area, including Prof. William Schabas, Prof. Don Ferencz and Dr. Fabricio Guariglia. An interactive environment facilitated many animated and thought-provoking debates. The 2015 summer school included a special session on Palestine and the International Criminal Court, a pertinent topic given Palestine’s recent accession to the Rome Statute. A number of social activities were included in the programme to ensure an ideal balance of learning and fun. A spirited moot court, during which the delegates put their newfound knowledge to the test, followed by the closing dinner marked the ending of the ‌ICC Summer School.