International Law Forum Series (May 17)

06 May 2016 - Friday

The Faculty of Law cordially invites you to the next event of the International Law Forum Series on Tuesday, May 17 with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung. Our next speaker will be Prof. William Schabas, Professor of International Law at Middlesex University, School of Law in London, UK.

The titles of the seminar is “The European Convention on Human Rights and its contribution to a 'unified' understanding of the International Rule of Law? Critical perspective"


The seminar will take place from 16.00-18.00 at B522

"The concept of ‘rule of law’ lies at the heart of the European Convention on Human Rights, as it has been interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights. The Court has developed various aspects of the rule of law in its case law, including legal certainty and the importance of judicial review of State action. Some examples from recent judgments will be considered"

Prof. William Schabas

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 and international criminal law, including the European Convention on Human Rights (Oxford 2015), The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The travaux préparatoires (Cambridge 2013), 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 2015 report of the Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty.As a practicing international lawyer he has appeared before such tribunals as the International Court of Justice and the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. Professor Schabas was a member of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He served as Chairman of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in Human Rights. In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into the Gaza Conflict.

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.