Summer Academy for Young Professionals on International Criminal Law


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy organized its Summer Academy for Young Professionals on International Criminal Law in Nuremberg from 7 to 18 August 2017. The Summer Academy hosted over 20 young professionals at the beginning of their careers from countries currently experiencing or likely to experience challenges in the field of accountability for international crimes. Young academics joined young practitioners – including prosecutors, judges and investigating magistrates from different conflict and post-conflict countries.

The Summer Academy provides participants an opportunity to acquire and deepen their knowledge of substantive and procedural aspects of international criminal law. With the facilitation of leading experts and practitioners, participants also acquire practical knowledge on all aspects relating to the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of core international crimes and get an introduction to transnational crimes. The Summer Academy 2017 included lectures on, inter alia, the role of non-state actors in international criminal law, modes of criminal liability, current challenges to international criminal law and domestic prosecution of international crimes in Germany. It also provided practical support concerning, for example investigations and gathering evidence, prosecutorial strategy and construction of a case and the building a defense case. As part of the accompanying program the participants visited the historic Courtroom 600, the Memorium Nuremberg Trials, the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Dachau Concentration Camp.

The Summer Academy is part of the Nuremberg Academy’s mandate to promote scholarship and education through specially tailored training programs that aim at building capacities at the national level to investigate and prosecute these crimes.


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