Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


12 Mar 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
Course directors:
Davor Derenčinović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Richard Paul Farkas, DePaul University, Chicago, United States
Anna-Maria Getoš Kalac, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Michael Kilchling, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany
Charles E. Tucker, World Engagement Institute, Chicago, United States
Course description:

“Innocence Projects”, primarily in the United States, but also in other countries where they have been introduced, allow persons convicted of crimes to have their cases re-examined in order to establish their innocence. In the United States there are various models of “Innocence Projects”. Regardless of the model, one of the key methods used to prove someone´s innocence is DNA testing. This method has resulted in the release of approximately 300 convicted persons in the USA. More importantly, the implementation of “Innocence Projects” leads to a re-examination and correction of errors within the judicial system, possibly resulting in the release of innocent convicted persons. In addition, in a large number of cases, the gathering of DNA evidence has led to the identification and conviction of the real perpetrator. This course examines whether “Innocence Projects”, especially those based on subsequent DNA expert testimony, to what extent innocent projects have been introduced in comparative jurisdictions as there is no reason why the development of science and the opportunities it brings should not find a wider application.

The course is open to interested participants from academia (undergraduate students in higher years of study, postgraduate students, doctoral candidates, junior researchers), practice (governmental institutions, courts, attorney offices, NGOs etc.), journalists and others. The working language is English; therefore proficiency in English is required.

The course format foresees the active involvement of participants through their participation in the moot court competition, as well as through the less formal discussions during the free time. Interested participants will have the possibility to present their own papers/PhD projects relevant to the topics before a competent panel of senior researchers and professionals. The number of participants will be limited to 40.

All participants are required to pay a 65€ course fee upon admission to the course via bank transfer. There are no additional fees to be paid. The fee includes the course venue costs, a welcome reception, a guided Dubrovnik sightseeing, high-speed Wi-Fi connection, use of IUC computers and printers, costs of materials distributed as well as other IUC facilities. The Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb will sponsor the costs of the selection process, academic materials, occasional snacks & drinks, certificates and rewards for winners in the moot court as well as best student presentation.

The participation/attendance certificate issued by the course director and IUC Dubrovnik is equivalent to 4 ECTS, also sponsored by the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. For covering travel and accomodation expensses, we strongly advise interested participants to contact their home institutions as well as other fundations that finance educational courses - we can provide interested participants with formal invitation letters if needed. The on-line application procedure will be open until the 1st March 2017. For further questions please contact the Course coordinator Dr Aleksandar Marsavelski (

Course lecturers:
Sunčana Roksandić Vidlička, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Marta Dragičević Prtenjača, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Hans-Joerg Albrecht, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany
Steven Becker, DePaul University, Chicago, United States
Andrej Bozhinovski, Macedonian Judges Association, Republic of North Macedonia
Richard Paul Farkas, DePaul University, Chicago, United States
Michael Kilchling, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany
Laurell OLa H., Council of Europe, France
Besa Arifi, South East European University, Tetovo , Republic of North Macedonia
Majid Ghourchi-Beigi, Kharazmi University, Iran
Brian Howe, University of Cincinnati, N/A