Monday, 25 November 2013


The seminar offered an introduction to Shari'a Law, specifically discussing crime and punishment in the law of armed conflict, religiously motivated political violence, women's and minorities' rights and operational issues. This seminar is offered because of its immediate importance to NATO's ongoing missions: the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF), Kosovo Force (KFOR), support to the African Union mission in Somalia (NSM Somalia) and for the African Standby Force and NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A); and NATO's numerous supporting relationships with Mediterranean Dialogue Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia), Istanbul Cooperation Initiative countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar) and other countries such as Pakistan where Shari'a Law applies.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Recent Developments in International Criminal Law: Hopes and Fears

Event on the ICC - Tuesday 15 October 2013 
British Institute 
of International and 
Comparative Law

More than a decade after the creation of the International Criminal Court, 
international criminal law can be seen as a complex and ever growing legal 
system. This seminar will assess recent developments in theory and practice of 
international criminal law, such as contribution of a comparative perspective for 
the advancement of international criminal law, the position of victims before 
international criminal tribunals and current developments related to the legal 
framework of the Rome Statute.

Rodney Dixon, Temple Garden Chambers
Keynote speaker
Howard Morrison, Judge at the International Criminal Court
Dr Mohamed Elewa Badar, Northumbria School of Law 
Gaelle Carayon, REDRESS

Friday, 12 July 2013

Ius in Bello under Islamic International Law

In 1966, Judge Jessup of the International Court of Justice pointed out that the appearance of an English translation of the teaching on the ‘Islamic law of nations’ of an eighth-century Islamic jurist (Shaybānī) is particularly timely and of so much interest because of the debate over the question whether the international law, of which Hugo Grotius is often called the father, is so completely Western-European in inspiration and outlook as to make it unsuitable for universal application in the context of a much wider and more varied international community of States. However, there has been little analysis of the role of Islam in shaping the modern European law of war and its progeny, international humanitarian law. This article argues that there is a room for the contribution of the Islamic civilisation within international humanitarian law and a conversation between different civilisations is needed in developing and applying international humanitarian law norms.

Affiliations: 1: Senior Lecturer, International and Comparative Criminal Law, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Co-Director, Centre for International & Public Law (CIPL), Brunel Law School, Brunel University, London, UK