Prospects for a new convention on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity

Date & time

11am–12pm Thursday 23 August 2018


Gareth Evans Theatre

RG Casey Building, 10 John McEwen Crescent, Barton


Sean Murphy, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, George Washington University Law School


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Sean Murphy

In 2014, the UN International Law Commission embarked on the drafting of articles for what may become a new Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity. In 2017, the Commission completed a first draft of the project, consisting of a preamble, fifteen articles, and an annex, with commentary.

After receiving views from governments and other actors, the Commission is expected to complete the final draft of the project in 2019, at which point it will be submitted to the UN General Assembly.

The Commission’s Special Rapporteur for the project, Professor Sean Murphy, will address the need for a new convention, the content of the draft articles, and the prospects for a successful outcome for the initiative.


  • Sean Murphy »

    Sean Murphy is the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where he teaches international law and US foreign relations law. He is also a Member of the UN International Law Commission, serving as its Special Rapporteur for crimes against humanity.

    Professor Murphy has served as arbitrator, counsel, or expert in cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, and cases held under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. His most recent book is International Law relating to Islands (2017).

    Prior to entering academia, Professor Murphy was an attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the US Department of State. He served for a decade on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and is currently President of the American Society of International Law.


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