Domesticating International Criminal Justice – Current Challenges

Alexander von Humboldt-Kolleg 30 September – 2 October 2021 University of Milan and via Zoom

The three-day conference organized by the University of Milan (Prof. C. Meloni) and the Humboldt University of Berlin (Prof. F. Jeßberger), with funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Justice, serves to analyze the most current and controversial issues concerning the domestic implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). 

The aim of the conference is to concretely discuss the project for the adaptation of the Italian legislation to international criminal law, comparing experiences from other countries, and in particular Germany, where a code of crimes against international law has existed for twenty years.

The conference represents an occasion for exchange and discussion among Italian and international jurists from an interdisciplinary perspective, by putting into dialogue criminal, international and constitutional experts, but also legal historians and criminologists. The conference is structured over three days, with nine panels and over fifty speakers and discussants, including three "keynote" speeches by Professors F. Pocar (University of Milan), A. Zimmermann (University of Potsdam) and F. Viganó (Bocconi University and Constitutional Court).

In addition to the numerous academics from various Italian and foreign universities, the conference sees the participation of professionals, public prosecutors and judges, at national and international institutions, including the Italian judge at the ICC R. Aitala, the judge of the Italian Constitutional Court F. Viganò, as well as the Italian delegates at Eurojust, judge T. Magno, and at the European Public Prosecutor's Office, judge C. Ferrara. The Head and Vice Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of Justice, F. Piccirillo and N. Selvaggi, as well as the Director of the Department of Law ‘Cesare Beccaria’ G. L. Gatta and the representative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation M. Lieb, will also attend the conference.

Furthermore, the Kolleg hosts participants from the civil society and international organizations, such as G. Acquaviva, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, M. Bergsmo, Director of the Centre for International Law Research and Policy, W. Kaleck, General Secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and H. Relva, Amnesty International.

Due to the current hygiene restrictions against Covid-19, the conference will take place in a hybrid format: the nine panels will be structured with some speakers in presence and the rest virtually connected via Zoom. The very last session of Saturday will be dedicated to a final roundtable, presenting proposals and conference conclusions at the presence of Italian State representatives. 


For the full program of the event see:


Scientific committee:

Florian Jeßberger (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Chantal Meloni (Università degli Studi di Milano)


Responsible for the organisation:

Maria Crippa (Università degli Studi di Milano)

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