Book launch: The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law

Date & time

5.30–7pm Tuesday 25 February 2020


Fellows Road Lecture Theatre 2, ANU College of Law, 6 Fellows Road, Acton


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Presented by Centre for International and Public Law

Book launch
The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law

Edited by Kevin Jon Heller, Frédéric Mégret, Sarah Nouwen, Jens Ohlin, and Darryl Robinson

Book launch by Professor Simon Bronitt, Head of School and Dean of Sydney Law School, University of Sydney

In the past twenty years, international criminal law has become one of the main areas of international legal scholarship and practice. The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law takes a theoretically informed and refreshingly critical look at the most controversial issues in international criminal law, challenging prevailing practices, orthodoxies, and received wisdoms. Some of the contributions to the Handbook come from scholars within the field, but many come from outside of international criminal law, or indeed from outside law itself. The chapters are grounded in history, geography, philosophy, and international relations. The result is a Handbook that expands the discipline and should fundamentally alter how international criminal law is understood.

The launch will be chaired by Professor Sally Wheeler OBE, MRIA, FAcSS, FAAL, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy and Dean of ANU College of Law. Following the launch by Professor Simon Bronitt, there will be a round table with one of the book's editors, Professor Kevin Jon Heller, and two of the book's contributors, Dr Edwin Bikundo and Associate Professor Doug Guilfoyle.

Light refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.


  • Professor Sally Wheeler OBE MRIA FAcSS FAAL »

    Sally Wheeler

    Professor Sally Wheeler, OBE MRIA FAcSS FAAL is the Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Strategy and Dean of ANU College of Law. Prior to taking up these positions at ANU, Sally was a Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen's University Belfast. 

    Sally was elected to the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Irish Academy in 2011 and 2013, respectively. She became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2018. Sally was the Head of the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast for several years where she also served as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS), Dean of Internationalisation (AHSS) and, in 2017, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise. 

    In the 2017 New Years' Honours list, Sally was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in Northern Ireland.

  • Professor Simon Bronitt »

    Professor Simon Bronitt

    Professor Simon Bronitt is the Head of School and Dean of Sydney Law School commencing July 2019. Drawing on comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, he has published widely on criminal justice topics ranging across terrorism law and human rights, comparative criminal law, covert policing, family violence, and mental health policing. Recent publications include Rape Law in Context (The Federation Press, 2018), Principles of Criminal Law (4th ed, Thomson Reuters 2017) and Law in Context (4th ed, The Federation Press, 2012). Previously he served as Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean (Research) in the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland (2014-2019), and the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, hosted by Griffith University (2009-2014). Before moving to Queensland in 2009, Professor Bronitt was a member of the College of Law at The Australian National University (1991-2009). During that time he served as Sub Dean in 1997-98, and was promoted to Professor in 2005. During his time at ANU, he held a number of research leadership roles, including Director of the National Europe Centre, an EU-funded centre in the Research School of Humanities (2003-2008), and Director of the Australian Centre for Military Law and Justice, ANU (2009).

  • Professor Kevin Jon Heller »

    In addition to being a Professor in the law school, Kevin Jon Heller is Associate Professor of Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam. He was previously Professor of Criminal Law at SOAS, University of London, and Associate Professor and Reader at Melbourne Law School. He holds a PhD in law from Leiden University and a JD with distinction from Stanford Law School.

    Kevin’s books include The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials (Oxford University Press, 2013) (edited with Gerry Simpson), and the Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law (Stanford University Press, 2009) (with Markus Dubber). He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2019, and co-writing a book with Sam Moyn (Yale) provisionally entitled The Vietnam War and the Transformation of International Law.

    Kevin has been involved in the International Criminal Court’s negotiations over the crime of aggression, worked as Human Rights Watch’s external legal advisor on the trial of Saddam Hussein, served for three years as one of Radovan Karadzic's formally-appointed legal associates at the ICTY, and was the plaintiffs’ expert witness concerning medical experimentation in Salim v Mitchell, a successful Alien Tort Statute case against the psychologists who designed and administered the CIA’s torture program. He consults regularly with a variety of UN organisations (such as the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic) and human rights groups (such as Al-Haq and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights) and is a permanent member of the international-law blog Opinio Juris, which is sponsored by the International Commission of Jurists.

    Kevin is an Academic Member of Doughty Street Chambers in London and serves on the four-person Advisory Board of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales.

  • Dr Edwin Bikundo »

    Edwin Bikundo

    Edwin Bikundo is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He has teaching and research interests in international and comparative law and critical legal theory. His current research focuses on the role of the international criminal trial in preventing the reoccurrence of violence.

  • Associate Professor Doug Guilfoyle »

    Associate Professor Douglas Guilfoyle

    Associate Professor Douglas Guilfoyle joined UNSW Canberra in 2018. His principal areas of research are maritime security, the international law of the sea, and international and transnational criminal law. Particular areas of specialism include maritime law-enforcement, the law of naval warfare, international courts and tribunals, and the history of international law.

    He is the author of Shipping Interdiction and the Law of the Sea (CUP 2009) and International Criminal Law (OUP 2016); and is the editor of Modern Piracy: Legal Challenges and Responses (Elgar 2013). He has published numerous papers on maritime security and law enforcement, and in particular Somali piracy. His research work is informed by his consultancy to various government and international organisations.

    He was previously a Professor of Law at Monash University, Reader in Law at University College London, and has worked as a judicial associate in the Australian Federal Court and the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He has also practised as a commercial litigation solicitor in Sydney.

    He was a Gates Cambridge Trust scholar and Chevening scholar during his graduate study at the University of Cambridge.

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