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Law expert to discuss impact of the self-declared Islamic State at world-leading conference

29th September 2016

An expert in Islamic Law from Northumbria University will discuss the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/IS/Daesh) and the humanitarian issues arising from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq at an international conference this week.

Dr Mohamed Badar, Associate Professor at Northumbria Law School, will join a prestigious group of speakers from the United Nations (UN) on Friday 30 September 2016 at Brunel Law School to present his current research on ‘ISIS and the Crime of Direct and Public Incitement to Commit Genocide’.

The conference, entitled ‘ISIS and its Implications for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law’, will discuss international and home-grown terrorism, torture, extra-judicial killings and human rights violation and the persecution of LGBT minorities.

Speakers include Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Mr Nazir Afzal OBE, Chief Executive of the Police and Crime Commissioners for England and Wales and Sir Michael Wood of the UN International Law Commission.

They will be joined by British Conservative politician Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, Professor Clive Walker of Leeds University and Professor Robert Winemute from Kings College London.

Dr. Badar served as Senior Prosecutor and Judge in Egypt from 1997-2006. He also served as a senior Police investigator in Egypt (1991-1997). He was a member (investigator) of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report on allegations of human rights violations during the civil unrest in Bahrain in February/March 2011. 

You can view Dr Badar’s blog at and at to read his paper ‘ISIS and the Crime of Direct and Public Incitement to Commit Genocide’ in full.

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