Damien Scalia

Damien Scalia

Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles

Areas of expertise

International Criminal Law  /  Transitional Justice  /  Prison Law

Damien Scalia is Professor in Criminal and Prison Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles, and invited Professor in International Criminal Law at the Université de Lausanne.

After completing his PhD in (international) criminal law, he conducted post-doctoral research into sentences pronounced by international criminal tribunals and into human rights as applied by international criminal tribunals. He did this research as a Visiting Scholar in famous universities: at the Irish Center for Human Rights in Galway, at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and at the Université catholique de Louvain. Therefore, he has worked on the perspectives of victims on international criminal law.

Damien Scalia found it crucial and necessary to analyse the perpetrators’ perception and experience of international criminal justice. When conducting this research, he was based at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, at the Columbia Law School (New York) and at the Catholic University of Louvain.

Taught Courses

Weapons being burnt during the official launch of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process in Muramvya, Burundi. Master in transitional justice - Course

Transitional Justice in Contexts

The objective of the course is to understand transitional justice through various contexts. Indeed, if TJ was quickly seen as a solution to make a transition and allow an alternative to criminal justice stricto sensu, its application differs greatly from one context to another

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Les grands arrêts du droit international pénal général

January 2021

Damien Scalia, Sabino Cassese, Marie-Laurence, Hébert-Dolbec, Vanessa Thalmann


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Quand la dissidence devient jugement : retour sur les opinions séparées en droit international pénal


Damien Scalia, A. Ramseier

Champ pénal/Penal Field

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An Outsider’s View from Inside. The Experience of Acquittals before International Criminal Tribunals

March 2019

Damien Scalia

Journal of International Criminal Justice

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Droit international de la détention, Des droits des prisonniers aux devoirs des Etats

September 2015

Damien Scalia

Helbing Lichtenhahn Verlag

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New Working Paper Examines the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL

5 October 2021

The UN Security Council and Common Article 1: Understanding the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL examines the applicability of article 1 common to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – on the obligation to respect and ensure respect for IHL – to the UN, with a specific focus on peacekeeping operations.

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New Working Paper Discusses the Relevance of Smart Mix of Measure in AI Governance and Regulation

1 October 2021

Our new Working Paper discusses how current initiatives on the regulation of artificial intelligence technologies should incorporate the protection and respect for human rights.

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28 October 2021, 15:00-16:00

This online IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal, political and protection-related challenges stemming from the situation in Afghanistan.

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