Giovanni Chiarini


  • Huddersfield Business School
    University of Huddersfield
    HD1 3DH
    United Kingdom

    United Kingdom

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Last updated 27th June 2023


Giovanni Chiarini (JD, LLM, PhD with honours and distinction) is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Huddersfield and an International Fellow 2022-2024 of the National Institute of Military Justice at Washington DC.

Dr Chiarini is also an experienced practitioner, qualified as a Defence Counsel at the Italian Bar Council and admitted to the list of the International Criminal Court assistants-to-counsel and to the roster of Counsels of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights. He previously carried out legal consultancy for the United Nations (UNAKRT).

He was a Scholar-in-Residence at Texas Tech University and Visiting Scholar at the Mississippi College School of Law, as well as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Criminal Procedure of the Insubria University of Como. He was a visiting researcher at the following universities: Institut de recherche en droit international et européen de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; Institute of International Peace and Security Law, Universität zu Köln, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät; Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork; Laboratoire de droit international et européen, Université Côte d'Azur; Centre for International and Global Law, University of Edinburgh; Centre for Critical Legal Studies, University of Warwick.

Dr Chiarini was awarded Gold Medal for the best overall article by the Cork Law Review (Arthur Cox Prize); the prize for the best PhD candidate publication by the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS); the prize for the best article on ecocide and mafia organized crimes by the Center for Studies in European and International Affairs (CSEIA); the award for the best LLM dissertation by the University of Parma. 

He is a member of: the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA -  The Hague); the International Society for Military Law and Law of the War (ISMLLW - Brussels); the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS - Maryland); the Italian Criminal Bar Association (UCPI - Rome).

Research Expertise and Interests

Dr Chiarini's scholarship focuses on international and comparative criminal law and procedure, with special attention to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and of the so-called Hybrid Courts. He published on the proceedings on an admission of guilt in the Rome Statute, on the international crime of ecocide, on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on the case of Iraq/UK before the ICC, on the so-called war on drugs in the Philippines, and on the clash of legal cultures that characterize international criminal procedure from Nuremberg and Tokyo to the Hague.

Recent Publications

1) International Criminal Law, International Courts, and Judicial Affairs, American Bar Association (ABA) Year in Review, 2021 (2022), 56, 193-226, co-author
2) “Nigeria: a 12-Year Preliminary Examination. Is The Time Ripe for the ICC Prosecutor to Tackle Boko Haram's Criminals?”, June 20, 2022, Cork Online Law Review – co-author Mr. Izuchuwu
3) “The evolution of negotiated justice and plea agreement in international criminal procedure”, in “Nuove guerre e antichi crimini” (edited by the Italian Attorney General, with contributions of Fausto Pocar, Maurizio Politi, Salvatore Aitala and other Authors), Giappichelli, 2022
4) Mental Health and Criminal Justice in the Italian legal framework, section for the Professor Bratina’s book “Forensic Mental Health: Framing Integrated Solutions”, Routledge, 2021
5) “The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Navigating Aggression’s Fragmented Justice Landscape”, Cambridge International Law Journal blog, April 04, 2022, co-author Gregory S. Gordon
6) 原文标题:俄罗斯对乌克兰的入侵:在侵略的碎片化司法景色中航行 原文作者:格雷戈里·戈登,乔瓦尼·基亚里尼 翻译:陈澍桐, The Chinese Initiative for International Law, July 2022
7) “Ecocide: From the Vietnam War To International Criminal Jurisdiction? Procedural Issues In-Between Environmental Science, Climate Change, And Law”, Cork Law Review, March 31, 2022
8) 我们可以重返法律吗?反思国际刑事法院对程序规则的司法解释——在巴博-古德案(Gbagbo-Blé Goude)上诉判决后与塔弗瑟尔(Tarfusser)法官的对话, The Chinese Initiative for International Law, June 03, 2021
9) A Trailblazer for the Complementarity: Iraq, the UK Armed Forces, and the International Criminal Court, Cambridge International Law Journal blog, 14 August, 2021
10) Human Rights vs Complementarity: the Iraq war, the UK, & the International Criminal Court. UCC Legal Research Papers Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, August 3, 2021
11) Revisiting Gregory Gordon’s Groundbreaking Work “Atrocity Speech Law” as It Is Transformed from Book into Website, PKI Global Justice Journal
12) The ICC and The Philippines: war on drugs or crimes against humanity? Cass. Pen. Internazionale, 12/2020, pp. 4742-4765, ISSN 2499-0396, Italian
13) “Ecocide And International Criminal Court Procedural Issues. Additional Amendments To The ‘Stop Ecocide Foundation’ Proposal For The Rome Statute States Parties”, UCC Legal Research Papers Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, November 16, 2021
14) Can We Return to the Law, Please? Rethinking the Judicial interpretation of Procedural Rules in the ICC OpinioJuris, 13 April 2021, co-author Justice Cuno Jakob Tarfusser, open access
15) “Negotiated Justice in the ICC: Following the Al Mahdi case, a Proposal to Enforce the Rights of the Accused” (2021), 5 PKI Global Justice Journal 13, open access
16) Extra-Judicial Killings In The Philippines So-Called “War On Drugs”: Where Does It Stand Before The Icc?, Cambridge International Law Journal blog, 03 March 2021, open access
17) “ICC is not a human rights body”: the motivation of the ICC Prosecutor on the Closure of Preliminary Examination in Iraq/UK, Journal of the Italian Supreme Military Court, 1/2021, ISSN: 0391-2787
18) The Proceedings on an Admission of Guilt in the International Criminal Court: a “Third Avenue” between Common Law and Civil Law, Cass. Pen. Internazionale, 12/2020, pp. 4742-4765, ISSN 2499-0396, Italian
19) The Acquisition of Pre-Trial Declarations As Evidence: Observations on the Judgment 19864/19 in the Light of the Jurisprudence of the ECHR Court, Cass. Pen. Internazionale 5/2020, pp. 2103-2118, ISSN 2499-0396
20) Giandomenico Romagnosi (1761-1835): Entre la Ley y el Proceso Penal y la filosofía del Derecho Público, Revista De Ciencia De La Legislación, Argentina, 7/2020, pp. 1-12, ISSN 2545-8833, Spanish
21) The ruling for the remission to the Joint Chamber of the Supreme Court on the notification of the “immediate judgment” to the detained defendant, Sistema Penale Law Journal, 2020, pp. 1-4, ISSN 2704-8098, Italian
22) The partial mental illness, between History and the recent Jurisprudence, Argomentum Journal of Law, Brasil, Vol. 21/1, 2019, pp. 419-436, ISSN 1677-809X, open access
23) Anatomy of the Crime of Torture: procedural issues, Giurisprudenza Penale, Italy, Co-Author A. Continiello, 2019, pp. 1-9, ISSN 2499-846X, Italian, open access
24) Os deveres jurídicos no ordenamento constitucional italiano, Revista de Direito Brasileira, Brasil, 2019, pp. 235-241, ISSN: 2237-583X

Research Degree Supervision

Available for LLM Students supervision in the topics of International Criminal Law and Procedure.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Scholar In Residence, Texas Tech University at Lubbock

1 Sep 20221 Jun 2023

International Fellow, National Institute of Military Justice, Washington DC

1 Feb 20211 Dec 2024

Defence Counsel, CREA Law Chambers

1 Nov 2015 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • International Criminal Procedure
  • International Criminal Law
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure
  • War Crimes
  • International Criminal Court
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Genocide
  • Ecocide
  • International Court of Justice
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Military Justice

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