During the last weekend of October 2019 the St. Petersburg Institute of Law named after Prince P.G. Oldenburgsky organised an introductory course on international criminal justice for students, lawyers and academics. The course was supported by the Consulate-General of the Netherlands in St. Petersburg and a part of the Amicus Curiae programme “Professional development of a new generation of lawyers”.
The specialist course was given by the members of the Dutch-Russian Law Association Dr. Alphons Orie, retired judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Prof. Mikhail Wladimiroff, retired international lawyer. The course was very well attended by about 60 persons and took place in the Institute of the Advocacy in St. Petersburg.
The lectures dealt with the origin, role and purpose of international criminal justice, analysis of legal issues, admissibility and jurisdiction. Thre course also dealt with more practical issues, such as collection and admission of evidence, (cross-)examination and protection of witnesses, legal argumentation and case presentation before international courts. The course included a training of the participants, who were given small cases to exercise.
A highlight was a public discussion between the participants and the lecturers in the evening at the Residence of the Consul-General Mr Lionel Veer. To that end Dr. Orie and Prof. Wladimiroff both gave a brief introduction provoking the participants to ask questions. A very lively and interesting discussion followed indeed. If possible, the course will be held in other places in the western parts of Russia as well.
For more information see the announcement and programme on the website of the Institute.