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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.

Prof. Diane Marie Amann (USA/Ireland)

Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, USA


Diane Marie Amann holds the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. She has served since mid-2017 as a Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, a position she took up after completing a two-and-a-half-year term as Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives. Diane Marie Amann serves also as a Visiting Researcher at the Faculty of Law’s Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and as a Visiting Fellow at Mansfield College of Oxford University, pursuing scholarship related to the women who played roles in international criminal trials after World War II.

She is an affiliated faculty member of the University of Georgia’s African Studies Institute, and further serves as the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in and Affected by Armed Conflict. The author of more than four dozen publications in English, French and Italian, Amann focuses her scholarship on the ways that national, regional and international legal regimes interact as they endeavor to combat atrocity and cross-border crime.

Amann came to Georgia Law from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where she was a professor of law, the founding director of the California International Law Center and a Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar, and from which she received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Homer Angelo Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Law.

Before entering academia, she practiced law in San Francisco before state and federal trial courts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Amann holds a Dr.h.c. degree in law from Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University, and her B.S. in journalism, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Professor Roger S. Clark (USA)

Professor of Law, Rutgers University Law School, USA



 Roger S. Clark is an expert on global issues that include nuclear disarmament, protecting human rights, international criminal law, and U.S. foreign relations law. He served as a member of the United Nations Committee on Crime Prevention and Control between 1987 and 1990.
Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 1972, he worked for the New Zealand Justice Department and Ministry of Foreign Affairs; taught law in New Zealand; served as an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and Doctoral Fellow at the Columbia University School of Law; interned at the United Nations; and taught at the law school of the University of Iowa.

He has been a visiting or adjunct professor at numerous institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Miami, the University of Graz in Austria, and the University of the South Pacific (Fiji).  He has taught in study abroad programs offered by Temple University and the University of San Diego and teaches regularly in the University of Salzburg’s Summer School in International Criminal Law.  Professor Clark serves on the editorial boards of various publications, including Criminal Law Forum: An International Journal; the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law; and the Journal of South Pacific Law. He has been a board member of several international non-governmental organizations, such as the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy in Vancouver, B.C., and the International League for Human Rights, headquartered in New York.

In 2014-2016, he was a member of the legal team representing the Marshall Islands in its cases against the states possessing nuclear weapons for failure to disarm. These cases were ultimately dismissed on procedural grounds by an evenly-divided International Court of Justice in The Hague.  The team was nominated, unsuccessfully, for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Michelle Farrell*

Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, UK

Michelle Farrell is a senior lecturer in law in the School of Law and Social Justice. She specializes in international law and in international human rights law and is Director of the International Law and Human Rights Unit. Dr. Farrell’s research is interdisciplinary. She is particularly interested in political, ethical and critical perspectives on international law and human rights and also has a keen interest in conflict, counter-terrorism and states of emergency from historical, theoretical and human rights perspectives. Michelle’s first monograph ‘The Prohibition on Torture in Exceptional Circumstances’ was published with Cambridge University Press in 2013. Her monograph deconstructs the discourse on the use of torture in exceptional circumstances.

In Autumn 2016, Michelle Farrell was an expert on the EU-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue on the United Nations Convention Against Torture implementation process. From January-June 2016, she held the O’ Brien Fellowship in Residence in the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University. In April 2015 she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights State-Wide Outreach Initiative. Before joining the School of Law and Social Justice in September 2012, Michelle Farrell held the National University of Ireland EJ Phelan Postgraduate Fellowship in International Law and was based at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. She has also previously held a position at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation.

Michelle Farrell was awarded her PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2011. She also holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the same institution and a BA in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin. In the past, Dr Farrell has also worked for Amnesty International, Irish Section and Physicians for Human Rights, Israel.

Ms. Niamh Hayes (Ireland)

Consultant on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, UN Women

From January to December 2017, Niamh Hayes was seconded by UN Women as an expert advisor on gender, working in the Investigative Analysis Section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She is about to complete her doctoral research on the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence by international criminal tribunals as a Ph.D. student at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway. Ms Hayes has written numerous academic publications on sexual violence as an international crime. From 2012 to 2016 she was the Head of Office and SGBV expert for the Institute for International Criminal Investigations, and participated in specialist professional SGBV trainings on four continents. She has worked with UN Women, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the ICTR and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on training and best practices projects relating to the investigation and documentation of conflict-related sexual violence. In 2016 she acted as a legal consultant for a research project conducted by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on increasing accountability for sexual and gender-based crimes at the ICC and in other jurisdictions.

She has lectured on international criminal law at Trinity College Dublin and Leiden University, monitored ICC trial developments as a legal consultant for Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice and worked as an intern on the Karadžić trial at the ICTY.


Prof. Dr. Annalisa Mangiaracina*

Assistant Professor of Criminal Procedure, Department of Law, University of Palermo

Prof. Dr. Annalisa Mangiaracina has been Assistant Professor in Criminal Procedure at the University of Palermo since 2012, and she is currently teaching Criminal Procedure at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2006 she lectured within the LL.M. in International Organizations, International Criminal Law and Crime Prevention, organised by the Faculty of Law of the University of Turin in collaboration with UNICRI. In 2013 she qualified as Associate Professor of Criminal Procedure. She obtained a Ph.D. in Criminal Procedure from the University of Palermo in 2001.

She is the author of one monograph and several peer-reviewed articles both in English and Italian. Her research focuses on national, european, international and comparative criminal procedure, as well as migration law. Over the years, her research has focused on topics as: proceedings in absentia, judicial cooperation in criminal matters, ne bis in idem and conflict of jurisdictions, evidence gathering, seizure and confiscation, alternatives to detention of migrants. She has participated in both national and European research projects. Currently, she is the scientific coordinator of the EUROCOORD Project on “Best practice for European coordination on investigative measures and evidence gathering” (University of Palermo) and is participating as scientific advisor to the JEAN MONNET Module on “Mobility, security and the new media” and to the “PMI IMPACT – The new era of smuggling in the Mediterranean sea”, both coordinated by Prof. Vincenzo Militello.

Professor Joseph Powderly (Ireland)

Assistant 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. He is Academic Coordinator of the LL.M. Advanced in Public International Law, 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 Leila Nadya Sadat (USA)

Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Leila Nadya Sadat is the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law and Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. She currently serves as Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor.  Professor Sadat is an internationally recognized authority and prolific scholar writing in the fields of public international law, international criminal law, human rights and foreign affairs. She recently received an Honorary Doctorate from Northwestern University and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Faculty award from Washington University. She held the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Paris, France in Spring 2011, and is the Director of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, a ground-breaking project to write the world’s first global treaty on crimes against humanity. Her award-winning scholarship includes The International Criminal Court and the Transformation of International Law (Brill, 2002) and Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity (Cambridge 2011). Her articles have appeared in leading law reviews and journals worldwide. Her forthcoming book, Seeking Accountability for the Unlawful Use of Force (Cambridge, 2018) will be launched in The Hague this summer at Leiden University and her film, Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity was accepted in the St. Louis and New Haven International Film Festivals.

Professor Sadat is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and incoming President of the International Law Association (American Branch).

Ms. Patricia Viseur Sellers (USA)

Special Adviser on Gender, Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), International Criminal Court

Patricia Viseur Sellers is an international criminal lawyer and the Special Advisor for Prosecution Strategies to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College of Oxford University where she teaches International Criminal Law on the Masters of Human Rights Law faculty. Ms. Sellers specializes in international human rights law, international criminal law, humanitarian law and intersections with gender. She has served as a Special Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and to the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, as well as advised governments, international organizations and civil society groups.

From 1994-2007, Patricia was the Legal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes and Senior Acting Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In that capacity, she advised teams of investigators and trial attorneys on the prosecution of sex-based crimes under the tribunals’ statutes and in accordance with pertinent doctrines of humanitarian law. She has litigated and advised on the leading international criminal law cases regarding wartime sexual violence, sexual violence and genocide and sexual violence and enslavement as a crime against humanity, including the Prosecutor v. Furundzija, the Prosecutor v. Akayesu and the Prosecutor v. Kunarac. In 2000, she was the Co-Prosecutor at the International Women’s Tribunal that conducted a symbolic trial to redress the sexual slavery committed against the Comfort Women during II World War.

She has lectured widely, testified as an expert witness at international courts and authored numerous articles on international criminal law.

She is the recipient of the American Society of International Law’s Prominent Women in International Law Award. She was named an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2006 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the Law School of City University of New York in 2001. She has been awarded the Martin Luther King Award bestowed by the Black Law Student Association of Rutgers University Law School, the Ron Brown International Lawyer award presented by the National Bar Association.

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 Wang Xiumei* (China)

Professor of International Criminal Law, College for Criminal Law Science, Bejing Normal University, China.

Xiumei Wang is Professor of Law at the Beijing Normal University (BNU).  Prior to joining the BNU, Prof. Wang worked as judge at Tianjing Intermediate People’s Court (1988-1997), 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 and as Associate Professor of Law at Renmin University of China (2000-2005).

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.