Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • Book presentation: “The Legal Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone,” Faculty Legal Theory Workshop, University of Miami Law School, Virtual, November 5, 2020.
  • Panelist, “The United Nations at 75 Anniversary Opening Panel”, International Law in Challenging Times Conference, American Branch of the International Law Association, Virtual, October 24, 2020.
  • Panelist, “Legal Implications of Pandemics: A Ten-Month Assessment”, United Nations, New York, October 16, 2020 (virtual event co-convened with Permanent Missions of Chile, Portugal, Sierra Leone, Turkey, and Vietnam to the UN).
  • Co-convener and Speaker, “Informal Dialogue on Crimes against Humanity”, United Nations, New York, July 24, 2020 (virtual event co-convened with Permanent Missions of Austria, Czech Republic, Mexico, New Zealand and Sierra Leone to the UN in collaboration with Florida International University and Washington University of St. Louis).
  • Panelist, “On the Occasion of the Celebration of International Justice Day, Standing up for International Justice: Law Not War”, New York, July 17, 2020 (virtual event convened by Permanent Missions of Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Estonia and Spain to the UN).
  • Panelist, “Mass Atrocities and International Justice: An Effective Deterrent,” Virtual, July 16, 2020, Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect.
  • Panelist, “The ICC and Beyond: Re-evaluating the Promise of International Justice,” 114th Annual Meeting, Virtual, June 26, 2020, American Society of International Law.
  • Discussant on Crimes Against Humanity, “Third Convening of the Council of Advisers on the Application of the Rome Statute to Cyberwarfare, Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein, New York, January 29, 2020, (organized by the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland to the UN and the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression).
  • Global Justice Lecture, “The International Law Commission’s Draft Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity,” University of Amsterdam Center for International Law, December 4, 2019.
  • Panelist, “Community Interests in International Law,” United Nations, New York, October 31, 2019 (event organized by Permanent Missions of Germany and Chile to the United Nations).
  • Panelist, “The ILC Draft Convention on Crimes Against Humanity”, Panel Discussion and Interactive Dialogue, German Permanent Mission to the United Nations, German House, New York, October 29, 2019 (event organized by the Permanent Missions of Germany, Sierra Leone and Chile to the United Nations, with the co-sponsorship of Whitney R Harris World Law Institute of Washington University of St. Louis).
  • Co-convener and Speaker, “The ILC as a Way Forward on Universal Criminal Jurisdiction: An Informal Dialogue with States, Academia and Civil Society”, United Nations, New York, October 28, 2019 (event co-convened with Permanent Missions of Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, The Gambia and Sierra Leone to the UN).
  • Briefing for African Group Sixth Committee Legal Advisers, “The 71st Session of the International Law Commission”, Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, September 6, 2019.
  • Co-convener and Speaker, “The ILC as a Way Forward on Universal Criminal Jurisdiction: An Informal Dialogue with States, Academia and Civil Society”, Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva, May 17, 2019 (event co-convened with Permanent Missions of Austria, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Gambia and Sierra Leone to the UN).
  • Co-convener/speaker, “Geneva Expert Roundtable on the Rules of Procedure of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights”, University of Geneva, May 17-18, 2019.
  • Speaker, “The ILC and Crimes against Humanity: Progress for International Law?”, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, March 19, 2019.
  • Keynote speaker, “The International Law Commission and Universal Criminal Jurisdiction”, 3rd Öresund International Law Workshop, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law and iCourts, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17 December 2018.
  • Faculty Convener/Speaker, FIU Law Review, Special Symposium on the 70th anniversary of the International Law Commission, “The Role and Contributions of the International Law Commission to the Development of International Law: Codification, Progressive Development, or Both?”, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, October 26-27, 2018.
  • Guest Lecture, “An Introduction to the International Law Commission”, Queen’s University Law School, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, October 1, 2018.
  • Speaker, “The International Law Commission’s Draft Articles on Crimes against Humanity,” International Criminal Court Scholars Forum, Leiden University, Grotius Center for International Legal Studies, The Hague, June 15, 2018.
  • Special Lecture, “The Sierra Leone Special Court and its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law,” United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law, Codification, Office of Legal Affairs, New York, April 18, 2018.
  • Co-Convener/Speaker, “The Trial of Hissiène Habré: A Turning Point for African and Global Justice?”, The Habré Research Project, Novotel Hotel, Dakar, Senegal, February 22-23, 2018.
  • Speaker and Discussant, “The Politics of International Justice”, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, January 19, 2018.
  • Panelist, “Progress in Drafting a Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity”, Side Event, Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, United Nations, New York, December 11, 2017 (convened by Whitney Harris World Law Institute, Washington University of St. Louis and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Chile, Germany, Jordan, South Korea and Sierra Leone to the United Nations).
  • Panelist, “Weaving the Strands of Justice: Domestic, Regional, Hybrid and ICC Justice”, United Nations, New York, December 7, 2017 (convened by Wayamo Foundation and Africa Group for Justice and Accountability).
  • Panelist, “The role of international law and peaceful settlement of disputes in conflict prevention”, 28th Informal Meeting of the Legal Advisers, United Nations, New York, October 24, 2017 (event convened by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations).
  • Panelist, “Informal Meeting of Legal Advisers of the African Union Member States in New York”, Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, New York, 23 October 2017 (convened by Directorate of Legal Affairs, African Union Commission). 
  • Speaker, “Sustaining Peace Through the Strengthening of Human Rights in International Law,” United Nations, New York, September 22, 2017 (high level event co-convened by the Permanent Missions of Sierra Leone, The Netherlands, and Costa Rica to the United Nations).
  • Speaker (two panels), “Global Criminal Justice: Accomplishments, Challenges, and Future Directions”, Dash Conference, Georgetown Law School, Washington, April 3, 2017.
  • Panelist, “European and American Perspectives on the International Legal Order”, March 23, 2017, Jean Monnett European Center of Excellence, School of International Public Affairs, Miami, March 23, 2017.
  • Speaker, “The Work of the International Law Commission”, United Nations, New York, October 21, 2016 (event organized by the Permanent Missions of South Africa, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Ivory Coast to the United Nations).
  • Moderator, “International Law and State Practice: Is there a North/South Divide?”, 77th Biennial Conference, International Law Association, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 9, 2016.
  • Panelist, “The Role of ISIS and the Future of International Law; Coherence or Chaos,” Canadian Council on International Law Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada, November 5, 2015.
  • Discussant, “International Experts’ Meeting on the Illegal Use of Force: Reconceptualizing The Laws of War,” Washington University of St. Louis, Whitney Harris World Law Institute, St. Louis, Missouri, September 11-12, 2015.
  • Guest Lecturer, “The United Nations and the International Courts,” Senior Military Officers Course 126, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy, March 16, 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, “The African Criminal Court,” Geographies of Justice Conference, Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 20, 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker, “The Impact of the Security Council on the Work of the International Criminal Court,” University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Oslo, Norway, August 28, 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Africa, The Security Council and The International Criminal Court,” Hague Institute of Applied Legal Sciences, The Hague, Netherlands, May 23, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Interactive Debate,” Special Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties as Requested by the African Union (The Hague, Netherlands), November 27, 2013 (one of only two academics to participate in first ever interactive debate by 122 member states of the ICC; nominated by African States Parties States, by consensus, as a “recognized expert on the relationship between Africa and the ICC”).
  • Presenter, “What Makes a Crime Against Humanity a Crime Against Humanity?” Office of the Prosecutor Guest Lecture Series, International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands, February 12, 2013.
  • Panel Convener and Speaker, “Africa and the International Criminal Court,” American Society of International Law, 106th Annual Meeting, Washington, District of Columbia, March 29, 2012.