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HRLC 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 high-profile conferences, 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: Professor Olympia Bekou
Core Staff: Will Lowe; Emilie Hunter, Dr Annika Jones
Professor Olympia Bekou is Professor of Public International 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. Olympia has undertaken numerous capacity building missions, including in post-conflict situations (such as Uganda, DRC and Sierra Leone) and has provided legislation drafting assistance to Samoa (with legislation enacted in November 2007), Fiji and Jamaica. She is responsible for the National Implementing Legislation Database of the International Criminal Court’s 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 and 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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