Nuremberg Summer Academy for Young Professionals 2022


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy held its seventh Anglophone edition of the Nuremberg Summer Academy for Young Professionals from 1 to 12 August 2022, which was followed by the third Francophone edition from 15 to 26 August 2022.

Every year, the Nuremberg Academy brings together young professionals, including lawyers, prosecutors, legal experts, UN staff members and academics, from conflict and post-conflict countries and countries with limited or no international criminal law education.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both editions were held online via Zoom. The two-week intensive summer course was divided into two parts: (1) live lectures, and (2) guided self-study time via Moodle, including daily quizzes and assignments. The live sessions comprised eleven lectures, as well as group assignments, followed by interactive discussions.

The programme was organised around one main case study, which was used for practical exercises. Lectures and self-study time provided both an academic and practical perspective of international criminal law, while group assignments and interactive discussions strengthened the learned skills in practical assignments.

The Nuremberg Summer Academy provided daily debriefings discussing key aspects of the lectures, as well as a screening of the documentary "Peace Through Justice". The lectures delved into various aspects of international criminal law, such as its history, core international crimes, modes of liability, investigation, prosecutorial strategy, victims’ rights and international cooperation. Other relevant topics were the prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence, domestic prosecutions and the current challenges to international criminal justice.

Across both language editions, 52 young professionals had the opportunity to benefit from this inspiring learning environment allowing them to acquire or deepen their knowledge of international criminal law. Out of the 108 applications received, 25 participants from Afghanistan, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine and Venezuela participated in the Anglophone Edition.

For the Francophone edition, the Nuremberg Academy received 118 applications, out of which 27 participants from Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Haiti, Mali, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad joined the online programme.

The faculty for both editions was composed of 20 international experts, including academics, staff of the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals and mechanisms. Please find the programme of both Summer Academies below for download.

Participants’ Feedback

"Honestly, this training is one of the best I've had and I am very grateful to the Nuremberg Academy for giving us this opportunity to learn and meet great experts."

"It was truly enlightening to learn from top experts in the field of International Criminal Law who were so willing to share their knowledge and answer all of our questions. Another fantastic thing about the program was to listen and learn from the participants' experiences and different backgrounds."

"I was so enthusiastic that during these two weeks I have been talking about my experience of the course to colleagues, friends and family."

"The course is tailor-made for lawyers/prosecutors/judges who wish to broaden and expand their knowledge of International Criminal Law. The course is both practical and intellectual, I was able to develop valuable insights into national and international policy, and meet my fellow practitioners from different parts of the world."

Further information:

The call for applications for the 2023 Editions will be released in December 2022. Should you have any additional questions, please contact: