William A. Schabas

William A. Schabas

Professor of International Law at Middlesex University, London

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  International Courts and Tribunals  /  International Criminal Court  /  Death Penalty  /  Transitional Justice  /  Genocide  /  International Criminal Justice  /  Crimes against Humanity

William A. Schabas is Professor of International Law at Middlesex University, London. He is also Professor of International Human Law and Human Rights at Leiden University, Professor Emeritus of Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and an invited visiting scholar at the Paris School of International Affairs.

Recognized as a leading expert on international human rights law, international criminal law, genocide and capital punishment, he is the author of more than 20 books and 350 journal articles on these issues. He is also Editor Emeritus of Criminal Law Forum, the quarterly journal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.

Professor Schabas was a member of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He also worked as a consultant on capital punishment for the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, and drafted the 2010 and 2015 reports of the UN Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty.

He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and he has been awarded the Vespasian V. Pella Medal for International Criminal Justice by the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal.

Professor Schabas holds BA and MA degrees in History from the University of Toronto, and LLB, LLM and LLD degrees from the Université de Montréal, as well as honorary doctorates in Law from several universities.

Taught Courses

ICC Trial Chamber III sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to 18 years’ imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003 Master in transitional justice - Course

Criminal Justice

This course addresses the aims and functioning of criminal justice, with a special focus on actors and institutions at the international level.

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Al-Bashir case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II, July 2017 Executive Master - Course

International Criminal Law: General Principles and International Crimes

This course reviews the origins of international criminal law, its relationship with the international legal order including the UN Security Council and its coexistence with national justice institutions. The scope of international crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – is considered alongside initiatives to expand or add to these categories.

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Al Mahdi case: ICC Trial Chamber VIII issues reparations order, 17 August 2017 Short Course

International Criminal Law: General Principles and International Crimes

This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, reviews the origins of international criminal law, its relationship with the international legal order including the UN Security Council and its coexistence with national justice institutions. The scope of international crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – is considered alongside initiatives to expand or add to these categories.

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Publications

The Trial of the Kaiser

October 2018

William A. Schabas

Oxford University Press

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Introduction to the International Criminal Court

March 2017

William A. Schabas

Cambridge University Press

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Cover of the book The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute’

The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute

September 2016

William A. Schabas

Oxford University Press

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Cover of the book The European Convention on Human Rights: A Commentary

The European Convention on Human Rights: A Commentary

September 2015

William A. Schabas

Oxford University Press

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Masters

We are a leading education institution in international humanitarian law, human rights and transitional justice.

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Research

Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.

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Executive Education

We provide training and short courses for professionals who want to deepen their expertise in a specific issue.

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Events

Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.

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UNMISS Peacekeepers News

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 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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 Taliban fighters on a truck in Kabul, August 17 2021 IHL Talks

Afghanistan

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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