International Criminal Court Summer School, 16-20 June 2014

This year’s confirmed list of speakers for this year's ICC summer school is:


Professor William Schabas- Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway and School of Law, Middlesex University

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.

Professor Schabas holds BA and MA degrees in history from the University of Toronto and LLB, LLM and LLD degrees from the University of Montreal, as well as several honorary doctorates. He is the author of more than twenty books dealing in whole or in part with international human rights law, including Unimaginable Atrocities (Oxford, 2012), The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute (Oxford, 2010), Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge, 2011), Genocide in International Law (Cambridge, 2009) and The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law (Cambridge, 2003). Professor Schabas drafted the 2010 report of the Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty (UN Doc. E/2010/10).

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.


Dr. Fabricio Guariglia- Prosecutions Coordinator in Office of The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

Dr. Fabricio Guariglia has a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in law from the University of Münster (Germany).

Dr. Guariglia practiced law as a defence counsel and victims representative in criminal cases in Buenos Aires from 1989 to 1995. As a Legal Advisor to the Argentine Ministry of Justice from 1995 to 98, he was closely involved in the process of negotiation of the Rome Statute including during the Rome Conference. In October 1998 he joined the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, first as a Legal Officer in the Legal Advisory Section and subsequently as Appeals Counsel. Between 2003 and early 2004 Dr. Guariglia was a visiting fellow in London School of Economics, where he taught International Criminal Law and Public International Law. From April 2004 to July 2013 he was the Senior Appeals Counsel and Head of the Appeals Section in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Since July 2013 Dr. Guariglia has been working as Prosecutions Coordinator in Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

Dr. Guariglia has published extensively in the areas of international criminal law (including contributions to the main commentaries to the Rome Statute), comparative criminal law and human rights law. He has given lectures and seminars in many universities around the world and participated as an expert in various international projects and meetings concerning international criminal law-related matters.

Dr. Guariglia has been consultant or advisor on an ad hoc basis of the following organizations: Amnesty International, International Center for Transitional Justice, and Open Society Justice Initiative. He has also provided training for prosecution officers in the ad hoc Tribunals and the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia.


Dr. Mohamed M. El Zeidy- Legal Officer for Pre-Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court

Mohamed M. El Zeidy has worked as Legal Adviser for Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court since 2007. Prior to his position at the Court (1997-2007), he served as a judge at the South Cairo Elementary Court, Egyptian Ministry of Justice, senior public prosecutor and a public prosecutor, at the Office of the Prosecutor General of Egypt. Before joining the public prosecution office (1993-1997), he served as lieutenant, and first lieutenant in the Egyptian Police, Ministry of the Interior. El Zeidy holds a Ph.D. in international criminal law and an LL.M. in international human rights law (National University of Ireland, Galway), an LL.M. in public law (Cairo University), a licence en droit and bachelor of Police Sciences (Police College-Cairo). He has participated and presented in many international conferences. He has also lectured at several universities and institutes in Europe and is widely published in the area of international criminal law both in English and in Arabic. He is the author of the “Principle of complementarity in international criminal law” (Martinus Nijhoff, 2008) and co-editor of “The International Criminal Court and Complementarity: From theory to Practice” (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is a member of the International Association of Penal Law, Egyptian Society of Criminal Law and member of the editorial boards of the Criminal Law Forum: An International Journal, and the International Criminal Law Review. He is also an external reviewer for the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Leiden Journal of International Law.


Dr. Rod Rastan- Legal Adviser at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

Dr. Rod Rastan serves as Legal Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, where he deals with international law issues, in particular in relation 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.

A list of Dr. Rod Rastan's publications is available here.


Professor Ray Murphy- Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway

 Dr. Ray Murphy is a professor at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland. He completed his B.A. in Political Science and Legal Science in 1979, and then took a Bachelor in Law (LL.B.) degree in 1981. He completed a B.L. degree and was called to the Irish bar in 1984. He completed a Masters degree in International Law (M.Litt.) at Dublin University (Trinity College) in 1991. In 2001 he was awarded a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Nottingham, England. Prof. Murphy is also on the faculty of the International Institute for Criminal Investigations, Justice Rapid Response and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law at San Remo, Italy. He also conducts training on behalf of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Pearson Peacekeeping Center, Canada. He is a former member and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of Amnesty International (Ireland). Prof. Murphy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Human Rights Institutes.

Professor Murphy was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2006 and worked with Human Rights Watch in New York as a resident scholar. In 2007 he was awarded the National University of Ireland, Galway President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2008 he received the National Award for Excellence in Teaching by the National Academy for the Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning (NAIRTL).

He was a Visiting Scholar with Al-Haq, the Palestinian human rights NGO in 2014.  He is currently a member of the Human Rights and Equality Commission in Ireland.

Professor Murphy is a former Captain in the Irish Defence Forces and he served as an infantry officer with the Irish contingent of UNIFIL in Lebanon in 1981/82 and again in 1989. He practiced as a barrister for a short period before taking up his current appointment at the NUI, Galway. He was Chairperson of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission from 1997 to 2000. He has field experience with the OSCE in Bosnia in 1996 and 1997. He has also worked on short assignments in west and southern Africa and the Middle East for Amnesty International, the European Union and the Irish Government.


Dr. Noelle Higgins- Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway

Dr. Noelle Higgins is a lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, where she teaches Minority Rights, International Humanitarian Law and Procedure before International Criminal Courts. She has masters degrees in both Law and Irish and a Higher Diploma in Education. She undertook her Ph.D. research on the topic of wars of national liberation at NUI, Galway. Prior to joining the Irish Centre for Human Rights, she held a lecturing position in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, where she lectured in international law and was the Director of MA programmes. She was a visiting fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law during the academic year 2009-2010 and a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs/NGO Human Rights Committee 2010-2012. She has published books, chapters and articles on various aspects of international criminal law, humanitarian law and human rights law.


Dr. Shane Darcy- Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway

Dr. Shane Darcy is a lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Director of the Ph.D Programme at the Centre. He holds a B.A. in Law and Accounting from the University of Limerick (2001), and LL.M (2002) and Ph.D (2005) degrees from the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 2007, he was awarded the Eda Sagarra Medal for excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and in 2010 the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize. He has participated in trainings, workshops and research projects in Iraq, Iran, South Africa, India, Cambodia, China, and Palestine. In 2010, Shane was a visiting professor, at the Legal Studies Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. He was a visiting fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School in 2013 and visiting scholar at the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law at the University of Queensland in 2012. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of Criminal Law Forum and runs the Business and Human Rights in Ireland blog.


Dr. Nadia Bernaz- School of Law, Middlesex University

Dr. Nadia Bernaz is Senior Lecturer and PhD Programme Leader at Middlesex University School of Law, as well as Adjunct Lecturer of the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

She holds a PhD in international law from Paul Cézanne University (Aix-Marseilles, France). She has extensive teaching and research experience in comparative constitutional law, public international law, international criminal law and human rights law. She is the author of Le droit international et la peine de mort (International Law and the Death Penalty, La Documentation française, 2008) and the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of International Criminal Law (2011) and The Politics of the Death Penalty in Countries in Transition (Routledge, 2013). Her current research focuses on business and human rights issues on which she regularly blogs on Rights as Usual.


Mr. John McManus- Counsel /Avocat, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section Canadian Department of Justice

Mr. John McManus is Counsel and Team Leader at the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section of Canada's Department of Justice, having been with the Section for some 17 years, following two years as Counsel at the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia. He holds an LL.M. in International Criminal Law from the University of Ottawa, has published a handful of papers on various topics related to his work and is an occasional lecturer at universities in Canada and Europe, as well as at courses and training programs for the Canadian Armed Forces. He was recently awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant achievements in his work with the Department and his contributions to his community.


Professor Megan Fairlie- Florida International University College of Law

Megan Fairlie is Associate Professor at Florida International University College of Law (Miami), where she has taught criminal law, criminal procedure, and international criminal law and procedure since 2007. Prior to joining the faculty at FIU, Megan was Lecturer in Law at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland. A member of the bar in the states of New York and North Carolina, she is a former prosecutor who earned her Juris Doctor, with honours, from of Washington and Lee University School of Law. She also holds an LL.M. in international peace support operations and Ph.D. in international human rights law, both from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research focuses on international and comparative criminal procedure and her scholarship in this field has been published in journals in United States and Europe, including the American Journal of International Law, Berkeley Journal of International Law, International Criminal Law Review and Criminal Law Forum. Her most recent  scholarship addresses the use of replacement judges in international criminal proceedings and her current research agenda considers the relationship between civil society and the perceived legitimacy of the ICC.


Dr. Mohamed Elewa Badar- Northumbria University School of Law

Dr. Mohamed Elewa Badar is a Reader in Comparative and International Criminal Law & Islamic Law at Northumbria University School of Law.

Dr. Badar holds a PhD in international and comparative criminal law from the National University of Ireland, Galway, a first class honours LL.M. degree in international human rights from the same university, a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and a Bachelor of Police Sciences from the Police College, Police Academy, Cairo, and a Diploma in international legal relations from Ain Shams University, Cairo. Dr. Badar’s main research and teaching interests are in international and comparative criminal justice as well as in international human rights and post-conflict justice.

Dr. Badar is the author of The Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law (Oxford: Hart, 2013) and has published 25 articles in refereed journals and chapters in books. His work was cited and quoted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court, the United Nations Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the United Nations International Law Commission, the Supreme Court of Argentina and by distinguished scholars.

Dr. Badar has substantial experience in legal practice. He served as senior prosecutor and judge in Egypt from 1997-2006. Dr. Badar was a member of the recent Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report on allegations of human rights violations during the civil unrest in Bahrain in February/March 2011. Dr. Badar had the opportunity to work as a consultant for the United Nations Interregional Crimes and Justice Research Institute the United States Institute for Peace and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.


Professor Don Ferencz- Visiting Professor, School of Law, Middlesex University

Professor Don Ferencz is Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Middlesex University and founder and Convenor at The Global Institute For the Prevention of Aggression. Professor Ferencz has lectured widely on the use of force and on the crime of aggression, including at St. John’s College Oxford, and at the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Institute. In September 2012 Professor Ferencz was invited to participate as an expert on the crime of aggression at the Ministerial Program on ‘Preventing the illegal use of force through judicial accountability: The role of the ICC and its States Parties after the adoption of the Kampala Amendments on the Crime of Aggression’ which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In December 2011 Professor Ferencz co- organised and presented a briefing on the crime of aggression to delegates at the ICC Assembly of States Parties 10th session at the United Nations in New York.

In June 2012 Professor Ferencz co-organized and sponsored the ‘Workshop on the Ratification and Implementation of the Rome Statute Amendments on the Crime of Aggression’, in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, New York. In January 2011 Professor Ferencz briefed the Scottish parliament on ‘Preventing Scotland from being drawn into Illegal Wars’, regarding possible Scottish national implementation of the amendments on aggression adopted in June, 2010 by the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court.

Recently Professor Ferencz was a co-host and panellist at the ‘From Rome to Kampala and Beyond: History of Negotiations, the Role of African States, and Why Ratify?’ Workshop on the Ratification and Implementation of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute of the ICC, co–hosted by The Permanent Mission of Botswana, the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein and the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression in Gaborone, Botswana.

Professor Don Ferencz’s publications include the Handbook on the Ratification and Implementation of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, ‘The Crime of Aggression: Some Personal Reflections on Kampala’, in the Leiden Journal of International Law and The Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Peace and the American Society of International Law’s International Legal Materials.


Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei Atua- Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana

Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua obtained his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Ghana, Legon; LLM from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada and his Doctor of Civil Law from McGill University. He then proceeded to do his post-doctoral fellowship at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland on a Bank of Ireland fellowship. He is a member of the Ghana Bar and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra where he teaches Public International Law and International Human Rights Law. In addition, Kwadwo is the representative Lecturer from University of Ghana in the LL.M Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation course, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa. For the period 2013-2015 he is serving as the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at Centre for Educational Research and Development, Lincoln University, UK where he is conducting a research project on “Building Academic Freedom and Democracy in Africa.” He is a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, USA and a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Thematic Group 3 on "The Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities and Human Rights." His areas of specialisation are human rights, poverty and development, human security, transitional justice issues and African perspectives on International Law. Kwadwo is currently writing a book, Commonwealth African Perspectives on Public International Law. He has attended and presented papers at various conferences, workshops and seminars in various countries across the globe.