International Criminal Court Summer School, June 18-22, 2012
Speaker Bios


Professor William Schabas

Prof. William A. Schabas is Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he also holds the professorship in human rights law. He is also a Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick School of Law,  professeur associé at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and a 'door tenant' at 9 Bedford Row, London. Professor Schabas holds post-graduate degrees in history and in law from the University of Toronto and Université de Montréal. He is the author of nineteen monographs (including: Genocide in International Law, The International Criminal Court, and a Commentary on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court) and more than 275 articles dealing with international human rights law and international criminal law.

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 Chairman of Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Assistance in the Field of Human Rights, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association and chair of the International Institute for Criminal Investigation. Professor Schabas was also a member of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and has honorary doctorates from Dalhousie University, Halifax, and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.


Dr. Annyssa Bellal

Dr. Annyssa Bellal  is a lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway. She holds a PhD in public international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and an LL.M in Philosophy of Law and History of Human Rights from the University of Lyon and Grenoble (France). Prior to joining the academic staff of the Centre, she was a research fellow at the Geneva Academy of International humanitarian law and human rights and a Hauser Global Law School visiting scholar at New York University. She also acted as a legal adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross and for the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs within the Directorate of Public international law.

Her teaching interests are in the field of international criminal law and international humanitarian law. She is engaged in research projects related to the negotiation of a future Arms trade treaty, immunities and international crimes and the international law obligations of armed non state actors.


Dr. Nadia Bernaz

Dr. Nadia Bernaz is Senior Lecturer in law at Middlesex University in London, Programme leader of the pioneering MA Human Rights and Business and Adjunct Lecturer of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. She holds a PhD in international law from the University Paul Cézanne (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). Her current research focuses on human rights and business issues, as well as the interplay between sentencing and international human rights standards.


Dr. Shane Darcy

Dr. Shane Darcy is a lecturer atthe Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway andDirector 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. Prior to joining the academic staff of the Centre, he was a lecturer at the University of Ulster, a Government of Ireland Scholar and a Doctoral Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. 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.

Teaching and research interests are in the fields of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, business and human rights and transitional justice. Shane is currently teaching public international law, business and human Rights, transitional justice and procedure before international criminal courts. He is engaged in research projects exploring the judicial development of international criminal law and humanitarian law. Shane has participated in trainings, workshops and research projects in Iraq, Iran, South Africa, India, Cambodia, China, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He is an Associate Editor of Criminal Law Forum.


Mr. John McManus

Mr. John McManus is presently Counsel with the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section of Canada’s Department of Justice, having been with the Section for some 13 years. He has also served as Counsel with the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia from 1995 – 1997. He holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy, a graduate diploma in education, an LL.B. and an LL.M. in international criminal law.

John is a past-President and long standing member of the executive of the Canadian Council on International Law, and is a regular guest lecturer on international criminal law and humanitarian law issues at the University of Ottawa Law School, the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, Ireland, and the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit Centre in St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec. In the summer of 2006 he taught the Advanced International Law Course for the LL.M. program in International Human Rights at Oxford, where he also provided the Plenary Lecture on international tribunals.


Professor Siobhán Mullally

Professor Siobhán Mullally is a graduate of the European University Institute, Florence (PhD), the London School of Economics (LLM) and University College Cork (BCL). She previously held lecturing positions in the UK and Pakistan and has held visiting positions at several universities in the U.S. (Harvard Law School, Columbia University, School of Law, Cornell University, Emory University, Temple University), at the European University Institute (EUI), Australia (Sydney University - School of Law), Canada (Osgoode Hall, University of York, Toronto), Pakistan (Peshawar) and India (Bangalore - National Law School of India University).

Siobhán was the Director of a British Council program on Women and Human Rights Law with the University of Peshawar from 1993-96, and from 2003-6. Siobhán has worked as an adviser and consultant on gender, migration and human rights to UN bodies and to international NGOs in many parts of the world, including most recently in Ethiopia, Timor-Leste, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kosovo.  Siobhán served as Chairperson of the Irish Refugee Council from 2006-8. She was a founding Co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights  at the Faculty of Law, University College Cork. She is a member of  the Odysseus European network of experts on Asylum and Migration Law and of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Standing NGO Committee on Human Rights. 


Professor Ray Murphy

Prof. Ray Murphy is a Professor of Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of 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 studied at Kings Inns in Dublin where 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 completed his Ph.D. in International Law at the University of Nottingham in England. In addition to his position at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Dr. Murphy is on the faculty of the Pearson Peacekeeping Center, the International Institute for Criminal Investigations and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law at San Remo, Italy . He also lectures on international humanitarian law for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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 Galway University. 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. 


Ms. Miriam Spittler

Ms. Spittler studied Law in Fribourg, Switzerland and holds a Bilingual Law Degree in German and French. From 1994 to 1996 she was Scientific Assistant to the Chair of Criminal Law at the University of Fribourg. From 1996 to 2004 she was a Legal Officer at the Swiss Federal Office of Justice, Section for Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Bern. Since 2004 she is the Judicial Assistance Adviser of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.


Dr. Nicolaos Strapatsas

Dr. Nicolaos Strapatsas (Ph.D), Substitute Professor of International Humanitarian Law, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and interim Co-Director of UQAM's International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights. Formerly a Researcher in Residence at the National Centre for Human Rights of Jordan, in association with the United Nations Development Programme in Jordan. Dr. Strapatsas participated in the work of the ICC Assembly of States Parties Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression as well as the Kampala Review Conference in 2010.


Dr. Mohamed El Zeidy

Mohamed M. El Zeidy has worked as Legal Officer 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 committee of the Criminal Law Forum: An International Journal.