Learning and Working More Effectively with International Criminal Law

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy in partnership with the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP) presents an online, open access e-learning platform developed by CILRAP: Lexsitus. The main objective of Lexsitus is to support the learning of, and work with, legal sources in international criminal law.

After the creation in 2018, the second edition called Lexsitus 2.0. is now available and provides also French, Arabic, Persian and Spanish services.

The spine of Lexsitus is based on the Statute and Rules of Procedure and Evidence (RPE) of the International Criminal Court. The users have free access to the following resources:

  • more than 230 lectures by 50 Lexsitus lecturers from all regions, including Klaus Rackwitz, former Director of the Nuremberg Academy;
  • a commentary on all provisions in the Statute and RPE;
  • preparatory works of the ICC Statute and and case law services;
  • two digests that offer excerpts from judgments on more than 860 separate pages for individual elements of crime and means of proof.

Lexsitus allows users to establish a personal user account, build an individual library, search and download, and to copy-and-paste quotations for individual drafting purposes. Transcripts are available as a separate PDF-file for every lecture.

The landing page has links to a user-friendly audio-visual tutorial, as well as introductions by leaders in the field such as Prosecutors Serge Brammertz (Vice-President of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy), Benjamin B. Ferencz, Richard J. Goldstone, and Mirna Goransky, Judges Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and LIU Daqun, Professors Morten Bergsmo and Narinder Singh, and Dr. Alexa Koenig.

The Nuremberg Academy provided financial support for the development of Lexsitus when launched in 2018. The French version of Lexsitus 2.0. has been realised thanks to the funding of the Nuremberg Academy, while the European Commission has facilitated the work on the French Elements Digest.

You may freely access Lexsitus from your desk- or laptop 

Access Lexsitus

If you have questions or feedback about Lexsitus, please send an e-mail message directly to lexsitus[at]cilrap.org. You are also welcome to share your thoughts to that e-mail address on how Lexsitus can contribute to capacity-development in international criminal law, as well as to dissemination of international law and access to justice.

The Nuremberg Academy and CILRAP are pleased to offer you this service and invite you to discover Lexsitus.