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

October 2016, Hearing on reparations in Lubanga case LLM - Course

International Criminal Law

This course aims to give students an in-depth knowledge of the most crucial issues of international criminal law. After dealing briefly with the birth and evolution of international criminal law as a branch of public international law with regard to the so-called core crimes, the course focuses on the legal ingredients of each core crime (war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide).

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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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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

International Criminal Justice: Theory and Practice

This course provides an introduction to the major themes of international criminal justice from the perspective of transitional justice.

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Publications

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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cover of the book Introduction to the International Criminal Court’

Introduction to the International Criminal Court

March 2017

William A. Schabas

Cambridge University Press

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Cover of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the travaux préparatoires

December 2013

William A. Schabas

Cambridge University Press

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