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ICC Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan QC appoints Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A.A. Khan QC, is pleased to announce the appointment of Judge Theodor Meron CMG (Bio) as Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Judge Meron, a leading authority on IHL, human rights and international criminal law, is Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Visiting Fellow of Mansfield College, and Academic Associate of the Bonavero Human Rights Institute, Oxford. Since 2014 he has served as Visiting Professor on Oxford Law Faculty and Professor Emeritus of NYU School of Law.

Judge Meron has served 7 terms as President of UN ad hoc war crimes tribunals and is a member of the Institute of International Law. He is an author of 12 books, most recently Standing Up for Justice: the Challenges of Trying Atrocity Crimes (OUP 2021).

Special Advisers to the Prosecutor are persons with outstanding professional credentials and expertise in their fields. They provide advice to the Prosecutor within their respective mandates as Special Advisers and may assist in training initiatives of the Office. They work on a pro bono basis and are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and are bound by the ‘Standards of Conduct’ stipulated in, inter alia, Annex I to Administrative Instruction ICC/AI/2016/002.

Short Bio | Judge Theodor Meron

Judge Meron has been a Judge and was the President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals(“Mechanism”). He was also a Judge of the Appeals Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”). Since his election to the ICTY in March 2001, he served a total of four terms as President of the ICTY and three terms as President of the Mechanism.

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Leading scholar of International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and International Criminal law, Judge Meron is the author of a dozen books on International Law and of more than hundred articles including some of the books and articles that helped build the legal foundations for International Criminal Tribunals. His most recent book is “Standing Up for Justice: the Challenges of Trying Atrocity Crimes” (OUP 2021).

He is a member of the Institute of International Law and of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards, honours, and medals, such as the Hudson Medal (ASIL) and the Haskins Prize (ACLS) as well as Officer of the French Legion of Honour, Grand Officer of the French National Order of Merit as well as Officer of the Order of Merit of Poland and Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (the UK).

A past Honorary President of the American Society of International Law and past Editor-in- Chief of the American Journal of International Law and Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Judge Meron is a Charles L. Denison Professor of Law Emeritus at NYU School of Law, and since 2014 a Visiting Professor of Law at Oxford University.

He is a Visiting Fellow of Mansfield College, an Academic Associate of Bonavero Human Rights Institute and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.

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