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Legal Pluralism and Its Significance to the Work of the International Criminal Court

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Legal Pluralism and Its Significance to the Work of the International Criminal Court

The War Crimes Committee of the International Bar Association and Northumbria Law School bring to you a highly topical conference on contemporary challenges posed by legal pluralism to the ongoing cases at the International Criminal Court.

The conference is free to attend either in person or virtually. Online free registration is now open

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Traditionally States and their domestic laws were considered the starting point in relation to adjudicating crimes and maintaining legal order. In today’s globalized world we have seen the development of the fields of international human rights law and international criminal law, emerging as international legal regimes on their own. Those international legal regimes have a variety of sources, stemming from different legal traditions and different world views. This is the case especially with international criminal law, where different rules apply simultaneously, and have the potential to clash and create challenges during the adjudication process. Therefore, there is a need to address the plurality of rules that might be applicable with relation to a single international criminal case, as well as their relationship and hierarchy.

Our distinguished speakers will address the followings among other issues: The ICC’s Procedural Regime: the 1998 Model at its 24 Year Road Test. Is Islamic law, as some have argued, so radically different and unsupportive of international criminal justice? or can it contribute to the effective implementation of international criminal justice in the modern world? What are the potential tensions between Islamic notions of penal law and those international criminal rules adjudicated by the ICC? Is there a Place for Culture in International Criminal Justice?

Speakers & Titles of Presentations


Helen Brady

Senior Appeals Counsel & Head of the Appeals & Prosecution Legal Coordination Section, Office of the Prosecutor, ICC

‘The ICC’s Procedural Regime: the 1998 Model at its 24 Year Road Test’


Prof. Mashood Baderin

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

‘International Criminal Law and Global Legal Pluralism: Whither Islamic Law?’


Prof. Ebrahim Afsah

University of Vienna/University of Copenhagen

‘Islamic Challenges to the Universality of International Criminal Law’


Prof. Mohamed Badar

Northumbria University & Middle East and North Africa Regional Forum Liaison Officer, IBA War Crimes Committee

‘Is there a Place for Culture in International Criminal Justice?’

 Rasmus H. Wandall, PhD

Attorney, Jon Palle Buhl Law Firm & Research Fellow, University of Lund, Faculty of law. Specializes in criminal law, human rights and transnational law & conflict resolution. Former General Counsel of the International Association of Prosecutors in the Hague, Chief Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions of Denmark. Publishes in the fields of criminal procedure, sentencing and comparative socio-legal studies. Among other places, he has held academic positions at University of Copenhagen, NYU Law School, UC Berkeley, University of Oxford, Addis Ababa University. Currently holds a research fellowship with the University of Lund.

“Identity, trust and legal pluralism in criminal justice”




Prof. Mohamed Badar

Northumbria University; Middle East and North Africa Regional Forum Liaison Officer, IBA War Crimes Committee



Sara Elizabeth Dill, Esq.,

Partner, Anethum Global; Officer, IBA War Crimes Committee

This conference is organised by the IBA War Crimes Committee in association with Northumbria Law School.

New LLM in International Criminal Law and Practice


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