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As part of the Human Rights Law Centre’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and the strengthening of the rule of law worldwide the Centre has a dedicated International Criminal Justice Unit, which conducts research and training on a range of international criminal justice matters. The Unit has considerable expertise in conducting research and training, knowledge transfer, capacity-building and technical support projects on national implementation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute.
The Unit has also hosted a high-profile conference , and organised seminars at the ICC Assembly of States Parties Meetings in partnership with States, the ICC and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.
As much as possible, the Unit gives opportunities to students to contribute to its work through its internship and student research assistance programmes for University of Nottingham LLM students and graduates.
Key projects include:
Unit Head : Dr. Olympia Bekou
Core Staff : Dr. Will Lowe; Emilie Hunter, Annika Jones
There have also been numerous Interns and Student Research Assistants who have also contributed to the Unit’s projects.
Dr Olympia Bekou is Associate Professor in Law and Head of the International Criminal Justice Unit of the Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. A qualified lawyer, she specialises in international criminal law with particular expertise in national implementing legislation for the ICC. Olympia has provided research and capacity building support for 63 States, through intensive training to more than 75 international government officials and drafting assistance to Samoa (with legislation enacted in November 2007), Fiji and Jamaica. She is responsible for the National Implementing Legislation Database (NILD) of the ICC Legal Tools Project and has researched and taught extensively worldwide.
Olympia Bekou, 'Rule 11bis: An examination of the process of Referrals to National Courts through ICTY jurisprudence', Fordham International Law Journal (forthcoming)
Olympia Bekou, 'A Case for Review of Article 88 ICC Statute: Strengthening a Forgotten Provision', New Criminal Law Review (forthcoming)
Olympia Bekou, 'In the Hands of the State: Towards an Effective Complementarity Regime', in C. Stahn, M. El Zeidy (eds), The International Criminal Court and Complementarity, from Theory to Practice , CUP, (forthcoming)
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