12 April - 18 May 2018
Application start 23 August 2017
Application end 5 April 2018
Fee: 1150 Swiss Francs


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International Criminal Law: Case Law and Judicial Practice

Trial Chamber hearing in the Ayyash et al. case (Case STL-11-01) - 28 January 2016 Trial Chamber hearing in the Ayyash et al. case (Case STL-11-01) - 28 January 2016


The system of international criminal justice includes the International Criminal Court and several other institutions – international, domestic, regional and ‘hybrid’. These institutions mostly ‘speak’ through case law. The course focuses on exploring the major themes of this case law in areas such as jurisdiction, substantive crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, terrorism), criminal responsibility and major procedural milestones in criminal proceedings. It also addresses topics such as the nature and modalities of judicial deliberations and the assignment of judges to cases before courts and tribunals dealing with international crimes.


This course forms part of the Geneva Academy Executive Master in International Law in Armed Conflict. It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations –who are not enrolled in the Executive Master and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.


Courses take place on:

  • Thursday 12 April 18:00-20:30
  • Friday 13 April 15:30-18:00
  • Friday 20 April 15:30-18:00
  • Thursday 17 May 18:00-20:30
  • Friday 18 May 15:30-18:00


Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).

How to Apply

Applications for this short course must be submitted via the online form. If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

Your application will need to include:

  • A short motivation letter (no more than one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
  • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area)

Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.

Professor and Lecturer

Portrait of Guido Acquaviva

Guido Acquaviva

Deputy Registrar of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers

Dr Guido Acquaviva is a leading expert in public international law and international criminal law and  has published extensively on these issues.


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Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - bus stop Sécheron

Access for people with disabilities

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email


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