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is a Legal Officer in the Trial Division of the International Criminal Court. He also is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge, where he teaches international criminal law. He holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His new book Rethinking Fact-Finding by International Courts is due to be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.
(Judge, President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon), board member of the CEELI Institute (Prague), member of the ILAC (Sweden), expert and lecturer in public international law, international criminal law, the relation between international and islamic law, the development of the rule of law in post-revolution societies and in transitional justice, strengthening the independence of judges, judicial ethics, human rights, money laundering and terrorism financing issues. Author of various articles regarding these matters.
is Professor for Criminal Law and Public International Law. He is Director of the Institute of International Peace and Security Law at the University of Cologne. His prior practice was in the German Federal Ministry of Justice on matters of criminal law and international law. Since 1998 he has been a member of Germany’s delegations in the negotiations regarding the International Criminal Court. He served as a War Crimes Expert for the Prosecutor General for East Timor (2001), as Head of the ICC’s Drafting Committee for the Regulations of the Court (2004), as a sub-coordinator in the negotiations on the crime of aggression, and as a Special Advisor to the Independent Israeli Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May 2010 (‘Turkel Commission’) – Second Report (2011–12). His more than 150 publications cover both Criminal and Public International Law with an emphasis on the International Law on the Use of Force, the Law of Armed Conflicts and International Criminal Law.
is a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations (Prague) and associate professor of the University of New York in Prague. His field of expertise covers international humanitarian law and human rights law, his current research focuses on IT warfare.
After finishing his doctoral studies in international law, Jan worked in a law firm as well as in the European External Action Service in Brussels which is responsible for EU external relations. He holds an E.MA human rights degree from Venice and published two monographs (International Criminal Court, Human Rights Protection in International Law). He was also a Visiting Professional at the chambers of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Jan is a head of the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. Within public international law he focuses mainly on human rights and international criminal justice.
is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, member of the European Society of International Law, Czech Society of International Law, UNCE (Research Centre for Human Rights of the Charles University). He graduated from the Charles University in 2010 (Mgr.) and 2015 (Ph.D.). His focus is on international criminal law and human rights protection. In 2017 he published monography (in Czech) on the crime of aggression in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court after the Kampala review conference.
is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). She obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Copenhagen (2011). She held appointments as a visiting scholar at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University (2016) and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (2009–2010).
is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Lecturer in Public International Law, West Bohemia University in Pilsen, Attorney at Law in Prague since 2003. Dr. Juris, Charles University (1967), Candidate of Sciences in Law – CSc (PhD 1974), Doctor of Sciences in Law – Dr.Sc (the highest scientific degree) 1988. Member of the Czech Society of International Law, member of the Czech Branch of ILA, member of the Use of Force Committee ILA, for many years Head of International Public and Private Law at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. Served as advisor to the Foreign Ministry. Author or co-author of about 300 publications on international public and private law.
has over 25 years’ experience in the judiciary as a prosecutor. She began her career as a prosecutor with the District Prosecutor’s Office in Prague-East moving to regional level in Prague. In the years 1999–2008 she worked as a Trial Attorney and later as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands. She was involved in all aspects of investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In October 2008 she took up the position of a Deputy National Member for the Czech Republic at Eurojust in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her work mainly concerned the facilitation and coordination of international legal cooperation with respect to a vast majority of cross-border and organised crime cases. Since February 2016 she has served as a public prosecutor at the International Department of the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Czech Republic.
is a senior lecturer at the Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Palacký University in Olomouc and the Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Masaryk University in Brno. He specializes in international criminal law, international human rights law and general issues of public international law (e.g. law of State responsibility, jurisdictional immunities, creation of States). In 2017, he published monography concerning the law and practice of the International Criminal Court (Mezinárodní trestní soud (2005–2017). C.H. Beck: Praha, 2017).
is Professor and Head of the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, coordinator of UNCE (Research Centre for Human Rights of the Charles University), and a senior research fellow at the Institute of Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is member of the UN International Law Commission (2012–2016, 2017–2021), president of the Czech Society of International Law and Editor-in-chief of the Czech Yearbook of Public and Private International Law. Member of the Czech Branch of ILA, member of ASIL, ESIL and SFDI. As an external advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was member of the Czech delegation to the Rome Conference on the International Criminal Court. His more than 160 publications covers both general issues of Public International Law and International Criminal Law as well as Human Rights law.
is a senior lecturer of International Public Law at Masaryk University Faculty of Law. She received her law degrees (magna cum laude) from Masaryk University and University of Wales Aberystwyth. ASIL Helton Fellow. Her research is mainly in the areas of international criminal law, international human rights law and diplomatic law. She interned as a Law Clerk at the Office of the President of the ICTY and at the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has published in ASIL Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, International Journal of Refugee Law, Australian Law Journal, Czech Yearbook of Public and Private International Law or Aberystwyth Journal of World Affairs (David Davies Prize Winning Article). She is an author of a monograph: Head of State Immunity in International Law: The Charles Taylor Case before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Masaryk University, 2013).
is a PhD candidate at Charles University in Prague, where she also teaches seminars on Public International Law and participates as a co-lecturer in subjects on International Criminal Law, International Economic Law and European Convention on Human rights. She also actively practices law as Attorney with primary focus on International Investment Arbitration and regulatory litigation. Kristýna also holds LLM degree from University of Cambridge (2016) and currently works as a visiting professional at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court.
is a PhD scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (Denmark). Aloka is an Australian lawyer who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in international human rights law from Lund University (Sweden) and a conjoint Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Deakin University (Australia). Aloka has previously been affiliated with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, The Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Monash University.