Patryk I. Labuda

Patryk I. Labuda

Post-Doctoral Global Fellow at New York University School of Law

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  Public International Law  /  Peacekeeping  /  Transitional Justice  /  International Criminal Justice  /  Empirical Methods

Patryk I. Labuda is a Post-Doctoral Global Fellow in the Hauser Global Law School Program of the New York University School of Law.

His research lies at the intersection of international law, transitional justice, and peace and security studies. Patryk's post-doctoral research examines the nature and scope of the protection of civilians norm in United Nations peacekeeping, in particular, the relationship between protection obligations in international humanitarian law and international human rights law. His teaching interests include international criminal law, public international law, transitional justice, and empirical methods.

Patryk's PhD on ‘The Complementarity Turn in International Criminal Justice’ explored how various international criminal tribunals influence the accountability policies of governments in conflict-affected countries. A recipient of the Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship, he finished his doctorate at Harvard Law School, Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Patryk has several years of work experience in transitional justice and security sector reform. Most recently, he was a legal reform advisor to the European Union’s border assistance mission in Libya. Previously, Patryk trained and advised officials from the Sudanese Ministry of Justice, the Sudanese Bar Union and parliamentarians from both chambers of the South Sudanese legislature. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he worked on transitional justice and rule of law reform with the Ministry of Justice, Parliament and the Congolese National Police. Patryk is a member of the UN Security Council Roster of Experts.

Patryk holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, an LLM from Columbia Law School, a Certificate of Transnational Law from the University of Geneva, and degrees in law (Magister iuris) and history (Licencjat) from Adam Mickiewicz University.

Taught Courses

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia LLM - Course


This course covers several cross-cutting institutional themes in international criminal justice, ranging from investigation strategies and relations with state actors to much-overlooked topics like victim and witness protection and the right to an adequate defence.

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Trying Sitting Heads of State: the African Union versus the ICC in the Al-Bashir and Kenyatta Cases

October 2017

Patryk I. Labuda, co-authored with Paola Gaeta

in Ilias Bantekas and Charles Jalloh (eds), The International Criminal Court and Africa, Oxford University Press

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The Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic: Failure or Vindication of Complementarity

April 2017

Patryk I. Labuda

Journal of International Criminal Justice

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Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement

April 2017

Patryk I. Labuda

Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed) Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press

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The International Criminal Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Decade of Partnership and Antagonism

October 2016

Patryk I. Labuda

in Kamari Clarke, Abel S. Knottnerus, Eefje de Volder (eds), Africa and the ICC: Perceptions of Justice, Cambridge University Press

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