Seminar on International Courts and Tribunals for Practitioners from
the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus Region
May 17-21, 2001
Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran)
On May 17-21, the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) held in Tehran (Iran), a regional training course entitled "Seminar on International Courts and Tribunals for Practitioners from the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus Region".
The course was jointly organized by PICT, the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC).
The course was attended by 37 participants: 22 from Iran and 15 from the targeted regions.
The international judicial bodies and dispute settlement mechanisms illustrated during the five-days seminar included:
1) The Aim of the Course
The aim of the course was to provide governmental officers, private practitioners and staff of NGOs of the targeted regions crucial information concerning the law and procedure of a large range of international courts and tribunals, thereby facilitating access to them.
The seminar was organized by PICT, the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC). In particular,
The event was financed with funds of the Center on International Cooperation (Ford and MacArthur foundations), of the IPIS, UNITAR and CICC.
37 participants attended the classes: 22 of them were from Iran and 15 from the targeted regions. They were governmental officers, students, academics, practitioners and staff of NGOs (see Annex I). 26 of them were males, 11 females.
The participants were nationals of 12 countries, namely:
Presentations have been made by judges and senior officers of the various international courts and tribunals and dispute settlement bodies, and by practitioners and academics (for a short bio of the speakers, see Annex II):
Presentations were 2 ‡ hours long each (two parts of 1h 15m). The speakers were asked in particular to address the following issues:
The one-day workshop organized by the by the CICC had a different agenda. It covered the history of the establishment of the ICC, the basic provisions of the Rome Statute, the work of the Preparatory Commission, and the ICC and the Middle East.
7) Teaching Material
All participants received a binder, prepared by PICT and UNITAR, containing the following materials:
Moreover, a certificate of attendance was issued to all those participants who attended the whole seminar.
A summary of expenditures sustained by PICT will be prepared in due time once requests for reimbursement have been received from all speakers.
In the aftermath of the course held in Pretoria, it was suggested by some speakers and participants that, in the future, the week-long course, might be broken in two parts, holding at the mid of the week, rather than formal presentations, a round table discussion (2 ‡ hours) including all speakers and open to questions and interventions of the participants. This was intended to help avoiding any physiological drop in the level of concentration of the participants and allow the speakers to exchange ideas on the respective bodiesí practices.
The suggestion has been put into practice in Tehran with extremely satisfying results. If possible, in the future 2 roundtables of half a day each (one at the mid and one at the end) should be organized.
Moreover, as compared to the course held in Pretoria, the high-level of preparation of participants and the presence of several members of NGOs has facilitated even more lively and fertile discussion to the benefit of all.
10) Photo Album