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, invited visiting scholar at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Politiques), honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, visiting fellow of Kellogg College of the University of Oxford, and professeur associé at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Prof. Schabas is a ‘door tenant’ at the chambers of 9 Bedford Row, in London.

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 honorary doctorates in law from several universities. He is the author of more than twenty books dealing in whole or in part with international human rights law, including: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: travaux préparatoires (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013); Unimaginable Atrocities, Justice, Politics and Rights at the War Crimes Tribunals (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4th ed.), Genocide in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2009) and The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003, 3rd ed.). He has also published more than 300 articles in academic journals, principally in the field of international human rights law and international criminal law. His writings have been translated into Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Nepali and Albanian.

Professor Schabas is editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Forum, the quarterly journal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.He is President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association and chair of the International Institute for Criminal Investigation. From 2002 to 2004 he served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Professor Schabas has worked as a consultant on capital punishment for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and drafted the 2010 report of the Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty (UN Doc. E/2010/10).

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. He has been awarded the Vespasian V. Pella Medal for International Criminal Justice of the Association internationale de droit pénal, and the Gold Medal in the Social Sciences of the Royal Irish Academy.

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Qualifications

  • B.A., history, University of Toronto, 1972 (‘honours history’)
  • M.A., history (international relations), University of Toronto, 1973 (thesis: ‘Anglo-Soviet relations, 1917-1934’)
  • LL.B., University of Montréal, 1983
  • LL.M., University of Montréal, 1990 (thesis: ‘Use of international human rights law before the Canadian courts’)
  • LL.D., University of Montréal, 1992 (thesis: ‘The abolition of the death penalty in international
  • LL.D. honoris causa, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 25 May 2007.
  • LL.D. honoris causa, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 17 May 2009.
  • LL.D. honoris causa, Northwestern University, Chicago, 17 June 2011.

Languages spoken

French

Supervision of doctoral students

  • Human rights law
  • International criminal law
  • nternational Criminal Court
  • Transitional justice
  • Capital punishment

Research Publications

Первые десять лет Mеждунapoднoгo yгoлobнoгo сyдa [= The first ten years of the International Criminal Court]

Schabas, William A. (2012) Первые десять лет Mеждунapoднoгo yгoлobнoгo сyдa [= The first ten years of the International Criminal Court]. Meждyнapoднoe Пravocyдиe [= International Justice], 2 (3). pp. 5-16.

Deuxième Protocole facultatif se rapportant au Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques, visant à abolir la peine de mort

Schabas, William A. (2008) Deuxième Protocole facultatif se rapportant au Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques, visant à abolir la peine de mort. In: Le Pacte international relative aux droits civils et politiques, Commentaire article par article. Decaux, Emmanuel , ed. Economica, Paris, pp. 869-882. ISBN 9782717854282

Article 6

Schabas, William A. (2008) Article 6. In: Le Pacte international relative aux droits civils et politiques, Commentaire article par article. Decaux, Emmanuel , ed. Economica, Paris, pp. 179-199. ISBN 9782717854282

La peine de mort et la Convention européene des droits de l’homme

Schabas, William A. (2011) La peine de mort et la Convention européene des droits de l’homme. In: Le droit au respect de la vie au sens de la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme. Levinet, Michel , ed. Bruylant, Brussels, pp. 243-252. ISBN 9782802729631

Il rapido progresso verso l’abolizione della pena di morte in Africa

Schabas, William A. (2010) Il rapido progresso verso l’abolizione della pena di morte in Africa. In: Il diritto di uccidere, L’enigma della pena di morte. Costa, Pietro , ed. Feltrinelli, Milan, pp. 247-262. ISBN 9788807104602

Contra el espanto, Por la abolición de la pena de muerte

Luis, Arroyo and Campos, Paloma Biglino and Schabas, William A. , eds. (2012) Contra el espanto, Por la abolición de la pena de muerte. Tirant lo Blanch, Valencia. ISBN 9788490049082

The International Criminal Court and non-party States

Schabas, William A. (2010) The International Criminal Court and non-party States. Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 28 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 0710-0841

Retroactive application of the Genocide Convention

Schabas, William A. (2010) Retroactive application of the Genocide Convention. University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy, 4 (2). pp. 36-59. ISSN 2154-6428

The International Criminal Court: struggling to find its way

Schabas, William A. (2012) The International Criminal Court: struggling to find its way. In: Realizing Utopia: the future of International Law. Cassese, Antonio , ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 250-260. ISBN 9780199691661

Building the narrative: the UN Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone

Schabas, William A. (2013) Building the narrative: the UN Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. In: The Scene of the Mass Crime: History, Film and International Tribunals. Delage, Christian and Goodrich, Peter , eds. Discourses of Law . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 23-40. ISBN 9780415688956

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