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January 20, 2017


Professor William A. Schabas (Canada/Ireland) – COURSE DIRECTOR

Honorary Chairman, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway; Professor of International Law, Middlesex University, School of Law, UK


Professor William A. Schabas is professor of international law at Middlesex University in London. He is also professor of international human law and human rights at Leiden University, emeritus professor of human rights law at the National University of Ireland Galway and honorary chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, invited visiting scholar at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Politiques), honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, visiting fellow of Kellogg College of the University of Oxford, and professeur associé at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Prof. Schabas is a ‘door tenant’ at the chambers of 9 Bedford Row, in London.

Professor Schabas is editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Forum, the quarterly journal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. He is President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association and chair of the International Institute for Criminal Investigation. From 2002 to 2004 he served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Professor Schabas was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007. He has been awarded the Vespasian V. Pella Medal for International Criminal Justice of the AIDP, and the Gold Medal in the Social Sciences of the Royal Irish Academy.

Mr. Michael Greco (USA) 

Retired Partner, K&L Gates, USA; Former President, American Bar Association; Chair, ABA Center for Human Rights

Michael S. Greco, formerly a partner in the Boston office of the global law firm K&L Gates LLP, is a trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator with forty-five years of experience in resolving commercial and other disputes throughout the United States and internationally. Michael S. Greco is also former president of the American Bar Association (2005-2006) and chairs the ABA Center for Human Rights, the ABA’s ICC Project and its Board of Advisors, and the ABA Working Group on a Right to Counsel in Civil Matters. He is a trial lawyer, arbitrator and mediator in resolving disputes throughout the U.S. and internationally. Since 2012 he has been Visiting Professor of the Practice of Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China, and teaches the course International Criminal Justice.

As President of the ABA he appointed the ABA Task Force on Access to Civil Justice to consider providing desperately needed legal services to poor persons in the U.S. through recognition and implementation of a right to counsel in certain civil matters for violations of human rights that threaten basic needs – shelter, health, sustenance, safety and child custody. The ABA House of Delegates by unanimous vote endorsed a right to counsel in civil matters in the United States. The ABA Working Group will soon release the ABA Judges’ Manual for Appointment of Counsel in Civil Matters, to aid judges and counsel throughout the U.S. in determining applicable laws, rules and judicial discretion bearing on appointment of counsel in civil matters that threaten human rights.

He has been recognized for his work protecting legal aid to indigents in the U.S. and protecting human rights and the rule of law domestically and internationally. At the invitation of the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights he served as an expert on human rights and legal aid, working with human rights experts in Latin America to improve the delivery of civil and criminal legal aid in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

He is a graduate of Princeton University and Boston College Law School. Prior to law school he taught English for two years at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire. After law school he served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Leonard P. Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and as a Fellow at the Institute of Comparative Law, University of Florence, Italy.

Professor Charles Chernor Jalloh (Sierra Leone)

Charles C. Jalloh is Professor of Law at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, USA, a member of the United Nations International Law Commission, and founding Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Legal Studies and the African Journal of International Criminal Justice.

A prolific scholar, he has published widely on issues of international law. Called to the Bar in 2004, he has advised states and international organizations on issues of domestic and international law and appeared in proceedings before international tribunals. His practice experience includes as counsel in the Department of Justice Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, an associate legal officer in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda working on high profile cases involving the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a legal adviser in the Special Court for Sierra Leone where he was duty counsel and head of the public defender’s office in The Hague trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, and as a visiting professional, in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In 2015 and 2018, Professor Jalloh appeared as External Counsel representing the African Union before the Appeals Chamber of the ICC in The Hague in two separate proceedings involving two African heads of state. He is currently a member and chair of the Panel of Experts assisting the Committee on the Election of the Prosecutor established by the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, a member of the Advisory Board of eyewitness to Atrocities, an Independent Legal Expert for the Directorate of Legal Affairs of the African Union Commission and Founding Director of the African Court Research Initiative funded by Open Society.

His education includes a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from McGill University, and a Master’s in International Human Rights Law, with distinction, from Oxford University, where he was a Chevening Scholar. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) specializing in International Law from the University of Amsterdam.


Judge Paolo Pinto de Albuquerque (Portugal)

Judge, European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe

Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque has been Judge of the European Court of Human Rights since 2011. Between 1992 and 2004 he sat on the bench of different courts in Portugal. Since 2017, he is Visiting Professor at Paris II-Assas University. Since 2015, he is Professor Catedrático at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Lisbon, where he teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Penitentiary Law, Public International Law, International Law of Human Rights and Philosophy of Law. He has published widely in these fields of law. He has been Visiting Professor in the USA and China and addressed audiences in Angola, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Guiné, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United States and United Kingdom.

He has worked as an expert for the Council of Europe and the European Commission of the European Union. He is currently member of several international law associations. He holds a Law Degree from the Faculty of Law of the State University of Lisbon, a Master of Law and a Doctorate of Law from the Faculty of Law of Catholic University of Lisbon.

Professor Joseph Powderly (Ireland)

Associate Professor of Public International Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University

Dr. Joseph Powderly joined the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies as an Assistant Professor of Public International Law in March 2011, and was appointed Associate Professor in September 2018. He is Director of the Grotius PhD Track Programme and lectures in international criminal law, international criminal litigation, and public international law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research focuses in particular on the judicial function in an international criminal law context, but also looks more broadly at issues relevant to international criminal justice, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and cultural heritage law.

Joe received his PhD in international criminal law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway, in 2017. In addition, he holds a B.A. (English and Legal Science, NUIG, 2004), an LL.B. (NUIG, 2005), and an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law (NUIG, 2006).

Prior to joining the Grotius Centre he was a Research Fellow in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law at the TMC Asser Institute, The Hague (2010-2011). Between September 2008 and January 2010, he was a Doctoral Fellow/Researcher at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
He has published widely in the area of international criminal law, and international human rights law. He is the author of over 80 case-reports for the Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Leiden Journal of International Law and Criminal Law Forum, as well as an editor of the blog, PhD Studies in Human Rights.

Professor Wang Xiumei (China)

Professor of International Criminal Law, College for Criminal Law Science, Beijing Normal University

Prof. Wang Xiumei currently serves as Director of the Office of International Exchange & Cooperation, and Professor of Law at Beijing Normal University (BNU), and as Adjunct Judge at Supreme People’s Court. Prior to joining the BNU, Prof. Wang worked as deputy prosecutor general at Fangshan District Prosecution Office of Beijing (2008-2009), as Assistant to The Hague International Criminal Court’s Pre-trial Chamber in 2004, as Associate Professor of Law at Renmin University of China (2000-2005) and as judge at Tianjing Intermediate People’s Court (1988-1997).

Prof. Wang holds a Bachelor degree of Law from Tianjin Normal University, a Master and a PhD of Law from Renmin University of China.  She completed her Postdoctoral research on International Criminal Law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

In addition, Prof. Wang was also a visiting scholar at New York University School of Law (1995-1996), a Global Research Fellow (2003-2004) under Hauser Global Law Program, and a Fulbright Scholar (2009-2010) both at the New York University.  Prof. Wang has published a total of 160 papers and authored 45 books.

Prof. Wang is currently Deputy-Secretary General of the International Association of Penal Law (IAPL-AIDP) and Secretary General IAPL-AIDP Chinese Group.  She is the Executive Director of the Research Center on Cooperation Regarding Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery in the G20 Member States. Prof. Wang was awarded “Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award” in the field of “Anti-corruption Academic Research and Education” in 2017.