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Speakers

January 20, 2017

SPEAKERS

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)

Associate Dean for International Programs and Strategic Initiatives & Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, University of Georgia School of Law, USA

 

Diane Marie Amann joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2011, taking up the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law; since February 2015, she also has served as the Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives. She is an affiliated faculty member of the university’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 M. Cherif Bassiouni (USA/Egypt)

Honorary President, The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights; Emeritus Professor of Law and President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law, USA; Honorary President, International Association of Penal Law (AIDP)

M. Cherif Bassiouni is Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University where he taught from 1964-2009. He was a founding member of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University: he served as President from 1990-2008 and then President Emeritus. In 1972, he was one of the founders of ISISC, where he served as General-Secretary from 1972-74, Dean from 1974-88 and then as President to date.  He also served as the Secretary General of the International Association of Penal Law from 1974-1989 and as President for three five-year terms from 1989-2004 when he was elected Honorary President.

He has served the United Nations in a number of capacities, including as: Member and then Chair of the Security Council’s Commission to Investigate Violations of International Humanitarian Law in the Former Yugoslavia (1992-93); Independent Expert for the Commission on Human Rights on The Rights to Restitution, Compensation and Rehabilitation for Victims of Grave Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1998-2000); Vice-Chair of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc and Preparatory Committees on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1995 and 1996-98); and Chair of the Drafting Committee of the Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1998); Independent Expert for Human Rights in Afghanistan (2004-06); Chair and then member of the Commission of Inquiry for Libya (2011-12). He also served as Chair of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry which was established in 2011.

Among the many distinctions and awards he has received are the Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize (1999); American Society of International Law Goler T. Butcher Medal (2014); The Stockholm Human Rights Award (2013); Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award of Columbia University (2012); Cook County Bar Association Lincoln Award (2012); George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award, Washington DC (2010-2011); Washington University School of Law, World Peace Through Law Award (2010); DePaul University Via Sapientiae Award (2009); Hague Prize for International Law (2007); Cesare Beccaria Justice Medal of the International Society for Social Defense (2007); Defender of Democracy Award from Parliamentarians for Global Action (1998); United Nations Association’s Adlai E. Stevenson Award (1993) and The Special Award of the Council of Europe (1990).

To date, Professor Bassiouni has authored 24 books and co-authored 4 more, edited 46 books, and authored 258 articles on International Criminal Law, Comparative Criminal Law, Human Rights, and U.S. Criminal Law. His publications have appeared in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Spanish. Some of these publications have been cited by the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the United States Supreme Court, as well as by several United States Appellate and Federal District Courts, and also by several State Supreme Courts.

 

Professor Margaret deGuzman (USA)

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

 

 

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.

Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji (Nigeria)

Judge, International Criminal Court

 

 

Chile Eboe-Osuji has been a Judge of the International Criminal Court as of 11 March 2012, for a term of nine years. Assigned to the Trial Division; assumed full time duty 16 March 2012.

Prior to joining the ICC, Judge Eboe-Osuji was the Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during which time he led the writing of submissions to the European Court of Human Rights and the United States Supreme Court. He served as Principal Appeals Counsel for the Prosecution in the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2007-2008), and has held several posts at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including Head of Chambers (2008-2010) and Lead Prosecution Trial Counsel (2000-2003).

He has taught international criminal law as adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, Canada, and has an extensive record of legal scholarship and publications.

Judge Eboe-Osuji served as legal expert to Nigeria’s delegation to the ICC-ASP Special Working Group on the Definition of the Crime of Aggression and practised law as a barrister, appearing in many criminal, civil and constitutional cases before national courts in Nigeria and Canada.

He holds an LLB from the University of Calabar, Nigeria (1985), an LLM from McGill University, Canada (1991), and a PhD in international criminal law from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011).

 

Professor Donald M. Ferencz (USA)

Convenor, The Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression; Visiting Professor, Middlesex University School of Law, UK; Research Associate, Oxford University Faculty of Law Centre for Criminology, UK

 

Professor Donald Ferencz is a lawyer, an educator, and a proponent of the rule of law. He earned a Baccalaureate Degree in Peace Studies at Colgate University in New York, and went on to pursue graduate degrees in education, law, business, and taxation, which combination led to an eclectic career, encompassing five years as a tenured school teacher, a term as an adjunct professor of law at Pace University Law School in New York, and two decades working as a consultant and senior international tax executive for several publicly-traded multinational companies. In 1996, Don and his father Benjamin established The Planethood Foundation to help educate toward replacing the law of force with the force of law. Beginning in 2005, Don served as a non-governmental advisor to the Assembly of States Parties’ working group on the crime of aggression. Professor Ferencz is the Convenor of the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression which is a co-leader in the Global Campaign for ratification and implementation of the Kampala amendments on the crime of aggression.

Dr. Dov Jacobs (France)

Defence Counsel, International Criminal Court; Assistant Professor in International Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Dov Jacobs has been a staff member of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies since September 2011 as an Assistant Professor in International Law. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam, a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute in Florence and a lecturer in Public International Law at the University Roma Tre. He holds degrees in Law from King’s College in London, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris II Panthéon Assas and a degree in Political Science from Sciences Po, Paris. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the Leiden Journal of International Law and the senior editor of international law of the European Journal of Legal Studies.

Dov Jacobs regularly comments on international law issues on his blog, Spreading the Jam. He has published extensively in the field of international law and international criminal law. His current research interests cover international criminal law, public international law (particularly State Responsibility) and legal theory.  He currently holds a position as Legal Assistant on a Defence Team at the ICC.

Dr. Nidal Jurdi (Lebanon)

Visiting Scholar, University of McGill, Canada

 

 

Dr. Nidal Jurdi is currently a Visiting Scholar at University of McGill, Canada. Prior to joining the University of McGill, he was a lecturer of International Law at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and an academic researcher at the Department of Government, and later a lecturer in Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law of the University College Cork in Ireland.

Since 2007, Dr. Jurdi has also worked as a Human Rights Officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and as Deputy Regional Representative at UN OHCHR for the MENA Region. Before that, he was a Human Rights Advisor for the Beirut Bar Association, a Legal Consultant for a UN Investigative Mission in the Middle East and a Law Clerk at the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, with primary focus on Darfur and the Middle East.

Dr. Jurdi published two academic peer-reviewed books: “The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice”, Oxford University Press (co-edited with Amal Alamuddin and David Tolbert) and “The ICC and National Courts: A Contentious Relationship”, Ashgate, London. He also published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles on ICC and the STL with the Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ), OUP, Leiden Journal of International Law, International Criminal Law Review (ICLR), JILP, University of California, South African Yearbook for International Law (SAYIL), Melbourne Journal of International Law (MJIL), Encyclopedia on Law and Religion, Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals, Intersentia, Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, University of Milano.

 

Professor Fannie Lafontaine (Canada)

Professor of Criminal Law, Laval University, Faculty of Law, Québec, Canada

 

 

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.

Professor Tiya Maluwa (South Africa)

Laddie Montague Chair in Law, PennState Law, Pennsylvania State University, USA

 

Tiyanjana Maluwa is the H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law. He previously worked as the legal counsel of the OAU (now African Union) and, subsequently, as the legal adviser to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prior to joining the AU, he was Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town, and Extraordinary Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has also taught, in full-time and visiting capacities, at other universities in Africa and North America and spent a year as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. Dean Maluwa has written and edited a number of books, contributed chapters to books and is the author of numerous articles in academic journals and other publications in the fields of public international law, human rights and international organizations. He currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals and is a member of several international professional associations. Since 2005, he has been a member of the International Jury of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology.

In 1997, he was asked by the United Nations to serve as the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Nigeria following the execution of the famed poet-activist Ken Saro Wiwa. Most recently he served as a technical expert to the AU High-Level Panel on Darfur, chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. He has also served as an expert consultant to the African Union, the United Nations and other organizations.

Dr. Yvonne McDermott (UK)

Senior Lecturer in Law, Bangor Law School, Bangor University, UK

 

 

Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees is Bangor Law School’s Director of Teaching and Learning and joint Director of the Bangor Centre for International Law. Yvonne joined Bangor Law School in 2011 from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, where she completed her Ph.D. thesis on the right to a fair trial in international criminal law. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the ‘Special Mention’ by the jury of the René Cassin Thesis Prize. Yvonne was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2014 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching and pastoral care. She is an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and a Door Tenant at Invictus Chambers, London.

Yvonne’s research interests are mainly in the fields of international criminal law, international criminal procedure, and human rights. She is an Editor of the Oxford University Press ‘Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law’ database, series Co-Editor of the University of Wales Press series on International Law and an Editorial Board member of the Criminal Law Forum journal. Yvonne has worked professionally with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She blogs at International Law Girls and PhD Studies in Human Rights.

Dr. Rod Rastan (UK/Iran)

Legal Advisor, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

 

 

Rod Rastan serves as Legal Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, where he deals with international law issues, particularly as related to jurisdiction, admissibility and judicial assistance. Prior to joining the ICC, he worked for several years in the area of human rights, rule of law, and mediation with United Nations missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, East Timor and Cyprus as well as with field presences of the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He also participated in the negotiation of the ICC Statute and Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

He holds a PhD in Law from the London School of Economics and has published and lectured on international criminal law.

Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert (Belgium)

Judge, International Criminal Court

 

 

Christine Van den Wyngaert is a Judge assigned to the Appeals Division of the International Criminal Court as of 11 March 2009, for a term of nine years.

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).

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.