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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.

Ms. Helen Brady (Australia) 

Senior Appeals Counsel and Head of the Appeals Section, Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), International Criminal Court (ICC).

As the Senior Appeals Counsel and Head of the Appeals Section in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Helen Brady is the lead counsel for the Prosecution in all appeals before the Court, and advises trial teams on legal issues in their cases. A member of the OTP’s senior executive committee, she advises the Prosecutor on all situations and cases at the Court, and policy and strategic matters. Previously, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for 12 years, Ms. Brady was Senior Appeals Counsel and Appeals Counsel in the appeals of some 50 accused persons in war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide cases at the ICTY and ICTR, and advised on another 40 appeals and trials. Formerly she was Chef de Cabinet to the President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW), and worked in Sydney and San Francisco law firms. As a member of the Australian Government delegation to the Rome Conference and related ICC negotiations from 1998 to 2001, Ms. Brady was one of the negotiators and drafters of the ICC Statute and Rules of Procedure and Evidence. She has taught International Criminal Law in the LLM programs at ANU and Sydney University, and trained prosecutors and judges from international and domestic war crimes courts. A graduate of ANU (BSc-LLB Hons) and Cambridge (LLM Hons, 1st class), Ms. Brady has spoken and published widely, including in leading texts and commentaries on the Rome Statute and international criminal law and procedure.

Dr. Antonio Coco (Italy)

Departmental Lecturer in Law, University of Oxford

Antonio Coco joined Oxford University in 2017 as Departmental Lecturer in Law. Whilst lecturing at Oxford on Public International Law and Criminal Law, he is also completing his PhD at the University of Geneva. His dissertation is entitled “Understanding International Criminal Law through an Analysis of the Defence of Mistake of Law”. Since September 2015, Antonio has also been a member of the Journal of International Criminal Justice’s Editorial Committee. The Journal, published by Oxford University Press, is one of the top law reviews in the field of international law.

From September 2012 until September 2017, Antonio has worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, tutoring and lecturing on a variety of subjects related to International Law. From February 2016 to January 2017, he was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, thanks to the “Doc.Mobility” fellowship provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Previously, he worked as a legal assistant to the Special Rapporteur on Protection of Persons in the event of Disasters at the UN International Law Commission (2012), and at the Chambers of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (2010). Antonio is admitted to practice law in Italy, where he has worked as a defence counsel. Antonio holds an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (summa cum laude) from the Geneva Academy (2012) and a Master’s degree in Law (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza, summa cum laude) from the University of Catania (2010).


Prof. Margaret M. deGuzman (US)

Associate Professor of Law,
Beasley School of Law,
Temple University

Professor Margaret M. deGuzman teaches criminal law, international criminal law, and transitional justice at Beasley School of Law, Temple University.  Her scholarship focuses on the role of international criminal law in the global legal order, with a particular emphasis on the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC).  Her recent publications have addressed such issues as how the concept of gravity of crimes affects the legitimacy of international criminal law, the relationship between international criminal law and the responsibility to protect doctrine, proportionate international sentencing, and the selection of cases and situations for ICC investigation and prosecution.

Professor deGuzman is a graduate of Yale Law School, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Irish Center for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland.

Before joining the Temple faculty, Professor deGuzman clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law in San Francisco for six years, specializing in criminal defense. Her cases involved charges ranging from insider trading and trade secret theft to mail fraud and drug trafficking.  Professor deGuzman also served as a legal advisor to the Senegal delegation at the Rome Conference on the International Criminal Court and as a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia

Professor Fannie Lafontaine (Canada)

Professor of Criminal Law, Laval University
Faculty of Law,

Fannie Lafontaine is a lawyer, full professor at the Faculty of Law at Laval University and holder of the Canada Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights. She is a regular member of the Quebec Institute of International Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for International and Transnational Law at Laval University. She is the founder and co-director of the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic, recipient of the “Tribute to social innovations” prize at Laval University.

Before joining Laval University, she worked as special adviser and human rights officer in the Executive Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva; as human rights officer and special assistant to the President of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur; as a lawyer for the Global Justice Center (Justiça Global) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; as a law clerk to the Honourable Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada and as a Barrister at McCarthy Tétrault law firm in Montréal. In 2015, she was appointed by the Quebec government to act as independent civilian observer of an investigation by the Montreal police concerning criminal acts alleged to have been committed by members of other police forces against Indigenous women in the entire province.

She graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway (Ph.D. 2011), with first class honours from Cambridge University (LL.M. 2004) and with distinction from Laval University (LL.B.1999). She has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Excellence in Teaching award from Laval University. She is the author of the book Prosecuting Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes in Canadian Courts (Toronto: Carswell, 2012), co-author of the annual publication Human Rights Charters (Wilson & Lafleur) and author of many other publications in Canadian and international law.

Dr. Yvonne McDermott Rees (UK)

Professor of International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law,
Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law,
Swansea University.

Dr. Yvonne McDermott Rees joined the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University as an Associate Professor in 2017, and was promoted to full Professor in 2019. She is the author of Fairness in International Criminal Trials (Oxford University Press, 2016), Proving International Crimes (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2020) and over 50 journal articles and book chapters, primarily in the fields of human rights, international criminal law, and the law of evidence. She is Principal Investigator on a new project entitled, ‘The Future of Human Rights Investigations: Using Open Source Intelligence to Transform the Discovery and Documentation of Mass Human Rights Violations’, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

Professor McDermott Rees holds undergraduate law degrees from the National University of Ireland, Galway, an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, and a Ph.D. from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the Special Mention of the Rene Cassin Thesis Prize 2014. She is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a Door Tenant at Invictus Chambers, London. She was one of six legal academics from across the UK to be shortlisted for the Oxford University Press ‘Law Teacher of the Year’ Award in 2016. Professor McDermott’s work has been cited as legal authority by numerous leading international and national courts, including the International Criminal Court and the Supreme Court of India.

Judge David Re (Australia) 

President of the Trial Chamber,
Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Judge David Re graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1985 and holds bachelors degrees in arts and law and a masters degree in law. From 1986 to 2001 he worked in Australia as a barrister, a prosecutor, a solicitor in private practice and in criminal law reform research for the Attorney General’s Department. Internationally, since 2002, Judge Re has worked as a senior prosecuting trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, and as an international judge of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in its war crimes chamber in Sarajevo.On 10 September 2013, the Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon elected him as Presiding Judge.

Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert (Belgium)

Judge, Kosovo Specialist Chambers,

Christine Van den Wyngaert is a Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. Judge Van den Wyngaert graduated from Brussels University in 1974 and obtained a PhD in International Criminal Law in 1979. She was a professor of law at the University of Antwerp, a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her merits as an academic were recognised in the form of a Doctorate Honoris Causa, awarded by the University of Uppsala, Sweden (2001). In 2010, she was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Brussels, Belgium. In 2013, she received two further a Doctorates Honoris Causa, one from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland Ohio) and one from Maastricht University (The Netherlands).

Judge Van den Wyngaert gained expertise in various governmental organisations. She was a member of the Criminal Procedure Reform Commission in Belgium (Commission Franchimont) (1991 – 1998) and served as an expert for the European Union in various criminal law projects. She has extensive international judicial experience. She served in the International Court of Justice as an ad hoc judge in the Arrest Warrant Case (2000 – 2002) and was elected as a judge in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia where she served for more than five years (2003 – 2009), and then as a judge assigned to the Appeals Division of the International Criminal Court for a term of nine years (2009 – 2018).

In 2006, she was awarded the Prize of the Human Rights League. In 2013, the Flemish Government awarded her a golden medal for her achievements in international criminal law.  In 2014, she was elected Vice President of the International Association of Penal Law. Judge Van den Wyngaert was granted the title of Baroness by the King of Belgium for her merits as an academic and as an international judge.


Professor Dr. Elies van Sliedregt (The Netherlands)

Professor of International and Comparative Criminal Law,School of Law, University of Leeds

Professor Dr. Elies van Sliedregt joined the Law School of the University of Leeds in January 2016. Before coming to Leeds, she was professor of Criminal Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Dean of the Faculty from 2011-2015. Previously she taught at Leiden University and Utrecht University.

Professor Dr. Elies van Sliedregt has held visiting fellowships in Cambridge, Oxford, Bologna, and at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. In 2015, she was  Holding  Redlich  fellow  at  the  Castan  Center for  Human  Rights  at  Monash University  Melbourne.  At the ICC, she was a visiting professional with Chambers in 2010.

She is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. Previously, from 2008-2013, she was member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and alumna since 2013.

Professor Dr. Elies van Sliedregt is senior editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law. She is also an author-contributor of the Oxford Bibliographies in International Law (on joint enterprise liability and conspiracy).

She has secured over £1 million in external research funding, as principal investigator. She has managed research studies in the fields of legal pluralism, criminal responsibility, and terrorism and the presumption of innocence funded by the Dutch Research Council.

Professor John Vervaele (Belgium)

President, International Association of Penal Law (AIDP); Professor in Economic and European Criminal Law,Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Utrecht University

John Vervaele was honored Master of Laws (J.D./LL.M) and Master in Criminology (MA) at the University of Ghent (Belgium). Between 1980 and 1985 he was assistant researcher in criminal law and criminal procedural law at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). From 1985 till 1987 he was senior researcher at the Belgian Ministry of Justice. In 1987 he left for the Dutch Institute for Social and Economic Law Research (NISER) at the University of Utrecht. Following the successful defense of his doctorate thesis in 1988 he was in 1990 appointed Assistant Professor in criminal law and criminal procedure and secured the prestigious PIONIER subsidy of the Dutch Council for Scientific Research for the ‘Enforcement of European Law’ project (1991 1997). He established in 1991 the Centre for Enforcement of European Law at the University of Utrecht and was subsequently appointed Professor/Director in Law Enforcement and European Integration in 1992. Since 1996 he is also Professor in Economic, Financial and European Criminal Law at the University of Utrecht. Since 1996, he is Professor in European criminal law at the College of Europe, Bruges. Between 2004 and 2007, he was vice-dean of the Utrecht Law School. Between 2007 and 2010, he was vice-president of Utrecht University for Latin America. In 2014, he was elected President of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP).

He is actually teaching criminal procedure and human rights, European criminal law, comparative criminal law, economic and financial criminal law and European integration. The main topics in his research field are: enforcement of Union law; standards of due law, procedural safeguards and human rights; criminal law and procedure and regional integration; comparative economic and financial criminal law; terrorism and criminal procedure. He has realized a lot of research in these areas, both for Dutch Departments and European Institutions and worked as well as a consultant for them.
He is regularly teaching as visiting professor in foreign universities, in Europe and overseas, mostly topics touching upon economic and financial criminal law and European criminal law. He has been teaching as a visiting Professor at Universities in Italy (Rome, Parma, Trento), in Spain (San Sebastian, Salamanca), in Switzerland (Freiburg), in Belgium (Liège), in Colombia (Bogotà, Ibague), in Mexico (D.F) and in the United States (Columbia Law School in New York and American University in Washington DC).

Professor Salvatore Zappalà (Italy)

Professor of International Law, University of Catania; former Legal Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations

Salvatore Zappala’ (PhD European University Institute) has been Professor of International Law at the University of Catania, Italy, since 2006. Between 2010 and 2018, he was the Legal Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York.  In this capacity, he served as Legal Adviser to the Vice President of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC Statute (2014-2017) and to the Italian delegation to the UN Security Council in 2017.

He taught at the Universities of Pisa (2001-2005) and Florence (2004-2008), as well as at the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2009-2010).

He published on a variety of topics in international law and international criminal law. His most relevant publications include: Human Rights in International Criminal Proceedings (Oxford, OUP 2003); Effettività e valori fondamentali della comunità internazionale (Florence, CUSL, 2005); La giustizia penale internazionale (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005), which was published also in French and in Spanish; La tutela internazionale dei diritti umani (Bologna, il Mulino 2011). He was among the co-editors of the Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice edited by Antonio Cassese and others (Oxford, OUP, 2009). Since 2012, he is the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Criminal Justice.