Nuremberg Summer Academy for Young Professionals 2021


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy held its sixth Anglophone edition of the Nuremberg Summer Academy for Young Professionals from 2 to 13 August 2021, which was followed by the second Francophone edition from 16 to 27 August 2021.

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 program 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.

33 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 337 applications received, 14 participants from Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Kenya, Philippines, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Rwanda participated in the Anglophone Edition.

For the Francophone edition, the Nuremberg Academy received 403 applications, out of which 19 participants from Burkina Faso, Burundi, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Senegal joined the online programme.

The faculty was composed of 22 international experts, including academics, staff of the ICC and other international tribunals and mechanisms. Please find the program of both Summer Academies below for download.

Participants’ Feedback

"Thank you very much for your work. This is an invaluable contribution to the development of the potential of people from different countries. I will certainly recommend the Academy to my colleagues!"

"Overall, the online course was very well prepared. There was a wide array of speakers with great expertise on the topics at hand. The materials and resources shared on Moodle will be useful many years to come. That was also appreciated. I loved the daily quiz. They help one remember the key elements learnt in a session."

"La méthode de l’Académie de Nuremberg est la meilleure, car tous les intervenants sont des grands praticiens de droits avec une approche très pratique, différente de la théorie."

"La session a été un moment unique déchanges, d’acquisition de connaissances. Le profil des experts et formateurs a assuré un apprentissage pratique surtout pour moi qui suis praticien."

Further information

The call for applications for the 2022 Editions will be released in December 2021. Should you have any additional questions, please contact:

Pour les francophones, vous pouvez trouver plus de détails ici.