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Olympia Bekou

Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Expertise Summary

Professor Olympia Bekou is Professor of Public International Law and Head of the International Criminal Justice Unit of the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. Olympia read law at the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece and was subsequently admitted to the Greek Bar. She completed the LLM in International Law at the University of Cambridge and obtained her PhD in International Criminal Law from the University of Nottingham, for which she had been awarded a NATO Fellowship.

Olympia joined the School of Law in September 2002 and currently teaches Public International Law and International Criminal Law. In recent years, Olympia has been a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany, and she has also held visiting positions at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia, the University of Nantes, France and Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, where she researched and taught International Criminal Law.

Olympia has provided research and capacity building support for 63 States, intensive training to more than 75 international government officials, drafting assistance to Samoa (with legislation enacted in November 2007), Fiji, and Jamaica, and has been involved in training the Thai Judiciary. She has also undertaken capacity building missions in post-conflict situations such as Uganda, the DRC, and Sierra Leone.

Olympia is solely responsible for the National Implementing Legislation Database (NILD) of the International Criminal Court's Legal Tools Project. A qualified lawyer, Olympia is also Deputy Director of the Case Matrix Network and a member of the Advisory Board and Editor of the Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law.

In 2014, Olympia authored a single expert Report for the European Parliament, entitled: 'Mainstreaming Support for the ICC in the EU's Policies, European Parliament, EXPO/B/DROI/2013/28, March 2014', which she presented before its Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI).

Olympia has extensive experience in the management of large research grants. She currently leads the Nottingham component of a three-year EIDHR-funded project entitled: 'Enhancing the Rome Statute System of Justice: Supporting National Ownership of Criminal Justice Procedures through Technology-Driven Services'.

In 2008, Olympia was the joint recipient of one of seven University of Nottingham Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Awards for a project entitled: 'Towards a successful partnership: the ICC Legal Tools and the European Union'.

In 2014, she was awarded the University of Nottingham Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Award for Societal Impact in Social Sciences for her work 'Fighting Impunity through Technology: Strengthening the Capacity of National and International Criminal Justice Institutions to Investigate and Prosecute the Most Serious International Crimes'.

Research Summary

Research interests are in the fields of International Criminal Law, Public International Law and European Law.

Selected Publications

  • RASTAN, R. and BEKOU, O., 2012. Terrorism and counter-terrorist responses: the role of international criminal jurisdictions. In: SALINAS DE FRIAS, A., SAMUEL, K. and WHITE, N.D., eds., Counter-terrorism: international law and practice Oxford University Press. 873-907
  • BEKOU, O, 2012. The Impact of International Prosecutions on Domestic Trials and Cooperation. In: MEDJOUBA, F, ed., Building Peace in Post-Conflict Situations British Institute of International and Comparative Law. 193-209
  • BEKOU, O., 2011. Building Databases for the ICC legal Tools Project: Data Structures and the National Implementing Legislation Database. In: BERGSMO, M., ed., Active Complementarity: Legal Information Transfer in Criminal Justice for Atrocities Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. 153-180
  • BEKOU, O. and BERGSMO, M., 2011. The in-depth evidence analysis charts at the International Criminal Court. In: BERGSMO, M., ed., Active complementarity: legal information transfer Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. 313-347

Current PhD Students

Recent PhD Students

  • BEKOU, O. and BIRKETT D., eds., 2016. Cooperation and the International Criminal Court: Perspectives from Theory and Practice Brill Nijhoff.
  • BEKOU, O., BERGSMO, M. and KRUGER, P., 2016. Article 53, Initiation of an investigation. In: TRIFFTERER, O. and AMBOS, K., eds., Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Observers’ Notes, Article by Article 3rd. 1365-1380
  • BEKOU, O., BERGSMO, M. and KRUGER, P., 2016. Article 54, Duties and powers of the Prosecutor with respect to investigations. In: TRIFFTERER, O. and AMBOS, K., eds., Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Observers’ Notes, Article by Article 3rd. Hart. 1381-1393
  • BEKOU, O., 2016. Rule 11 bis: Exploring the Penal Aspects of Transferring Cases to National Courts by the ad hoc Tribunals. In: MULGEW, R. and ABELS, D., eds., Research Handbook on the International Penal System Edward Elgar Publishing. 211-228
  • BEKOU, O., LOWE, W. E.M. and BIRKETT, D., 2016. Fostering Cooperation through Technology-Driven Tools. In: BEKOU, O. and BIRKETT, D., eds., Cooperation and the International Criminal Court: Perspectives from Theory and Practice 396-413
  • BEKOU, O., 2015. International Criminal Justice and Security. In: FOOTER, M., SCHMIDT, J., WHITE, N.D. and DAVIES-BRIGHT, L., eds., Security and International Law Hart. 93-114
  • BEKOU, O., 2015. The ICC and Capacity Building at the National Level. In: STAHN, C., ed., The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court OUP. 1245-1258
  • BEKOU, O., 2015. Doing Justice for the Liberian Victims of Mass Atrocity: NGOs in Aid of Universal Jurisdiction Journal of International Criminal Justice. 13, 219-222
  • BEKOU, O. and ZIDAR, A., eds., 2014. Contemporary Challenges for the International Criminal Court British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
  • BEKOU, O., 2014. Building National Capacity for the ICC: Prospects and Challenges. In: MARINIELLO, T., ed., The International Criminal Court in Search of its Purpose and Identity Routledge. 133-146
  • BEKOU, O. and ZIDAR, A., 2014. The International Criminal Court at Ten: Contemporary Challenges. In: BEKOU, O. and ZIDAR, A., eds., Contemporary Challenges for the International Criminal Court British Institute of International and Comparative Law. 1-11
  • BEKOU, O., 2014. National Approaches to the ICC Statute Crimes. In: BEKOU, O., ed., Contemporary Challenges for the International Criminal Court British Institute of International and Comparative Law. 11-34
  • BEKOU, O, 2012. The Impact of International Prosecutions on Domestic Trials and Cooperation. In: MEDJOUBA, F, ed., Building Peace in Post-Conflict Situations British Institute of International and Comparative Law. 193-209
  • RASTAN, R. and BEKOU, O., 2012. Terrorism and counter-terrorist responses: the role of international criminal jurisdictions. In: SALINAS DE FRIAS, A., SAMUEL, K. and WHITE, N.D., eds., Counter-terrorism: international law and practice Oxford University Press. 873-907
  • BEKOU, O., 2012. International Crimes at Crossroads; Incorporating the International Crimes at the National Level Journal of International Criminal Justice. 10, 677-691
  • BEKOU, O., 2012. Special Mechanisms to Investigate and Prosecute International Sex Crimes: Pro and Contra Arguments. In: BERGSMO, M., ed., Thematic Prosecution of International Sex Crimes TOAEP. 233-250
  • BEKOU, O., 2012. The Complementarity Principle: Oxford Bibliographies Online
  • BEKOU, O., 2012. Crimes at Crossroads: Incorporating International Crimes at the National Level Journal of International Criminal Justice. 13, 677-691
  • BEKOU, O., 2011. In the hands of the state: implementing legislation and complementarity. In: STAHN, C. and EL ZEIDY, M.M., eds., The International Criminal Court and complementarity: from theory to practice Cambridge University Press. 830-852
  • BEKOU, O. and CHADWICK, M., 2011. The EU Commitment to International Criminal Justice: Achievements and Possibilities. In: WETZEL,J., ed., The EU as a ‘Global Player’ in Human Rights? Routledge.
  • BERGSMO, M., BEKOU, O. and JONES, A., 2011. Complementarity and the Construction of National Ability. In: STAHN, C. and EL ZEIDY, M., eds., The International Criminal Court and Complementarity: From Theory to Practice Cambridge University Press. 1052-1070
  • BEKOU, O., 2011. Building Databases for the ICC legal Tools Project: Data Structures and the National Implementing Legislation Database. In: BERGSMO, M., ed., Active Complementarity: Legal Information Transfer in Criminal Justice for Atrocities Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. 153-180
  • BEKOU, O. and BERGSMO, M., 2011. The in-depth evidence analysis charts at the International Criminal Court. In: BERGSMO, M., ed., Active complementarity: legal information transfer Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. 313-347
  • BERGSMO, M, BEKOU, O. and JONES, A., 2010. Complementarity After Kampala: Capacity Building and the ICC Legal Tools Goettingen Journal of International Law. 2, 791-811
  • BEKOU, O., 2010. Rule 11 bis: an examination of the process of referrals to national courts in ICTY jurisprudence Fordham International Law Journal. 33(3), 723-791
  • BERGSMO, M., BEKOU, O. and JONES, A., 2010. Preserving the Overview of Law and Facts: the Case Matrix. In: SMEULERS, A., ed., Collective Violence and International Criminal Justice Intersentia. 413-435.
  • BEKOU, O, BERGSMO, M and JONES, A, 2010. New Technologies in Criminal Justice for Core International Crimes: The ICC Legal Tools Project Human Rights Law Review. 10(4), 715-729
  • BEKOU, O., 2009. A case for review of Article 88 ICC Statute: strengthening a forgotten provision New Criminal Law Review. 12(3), 468-483
  • BEKOU, O., HUNTER, E. and LOWE, W., 2008. Markup and Metadata in International Criminal Law: A Case Study Available at: <http://www.ncess.ac.uk/events/conference/programme/fri/3clowe.pdf>
  • BEKOU, O., 2008. Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo - Decision on the Confirmation of Charges Human Rights Law Review. 8, 343-355
  • BEKOU,O. and CRYER, R., 2007. The ICC and universal jurisdiction: A close encounter? International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 56(1), 49-68
  • CRYER, R. and BEKOU, O., 2007. International crimes and ICC cooperation in England and Wales Journal of International Criminal Justice. 5(2), 441-459
  • ANTONIADIS, A. and BEKOU, O., 2007. The EU and the International Criminal Court: An Uneasy Symbiosis in Interesting Times International Criminal Law Review. 7, 621-655
  • BEKOU, O. and SHAH, S., 2006. Realising the potential of the International Criminal Court: the African experience Human Rights Law Review. 6(3), 499-544
  • BEKOU, O., 2006. Regionalising ICC Implementing Legislation: A Viable Solution for the Asia-Pacific Region?. In: BOISTER, N. and COSTI, A., eds., Droit Pénal International dans le Pacifique: Tentatives d'Harmonisation Régionale/ Regionalising International Criminal Law in the Pacific Wellington: New Zealand Association for Comparative Law/ Association de Législation Comparée des Pays du Pacifique. 117-144
  • BEKOU, O., 2006. Pre-trial Procedures before the International Criminal Court Available at: <http://www.isrcl.org/>
  • BEKOU, O., 2005. Complementarity and the ICC: a dangerous gamble. In: EUROPEAN INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATISATION, ed., The International Criminal Court: challenges and prospects: proceedings of an international conference organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) Venice: Marsilio. 61-81
  • CRYER, R. and BEKOU, O., eds., 2005. The International Criminal Court Ashgate Publishing Group, Aldershot & London.
  • BEKOU, OLYMPIA and CRYER, ROBERT, 2004. The International Criminal Court / edited by Olympia Bekou and Robert Cryer Aldershot : Ashgate/Dartmouth, c2004.
  • BEKOU, O., 2002. Complementarity and the ICC: A dangerous gamble? In: The International Criminal Court: Challenges and Prospects.
  • BEKOU, O., 2002. Aspects of the Inter-relationship between International Criminal Law and Domestic Jurisdictions In: Wissenschaftliches Kolloquium series.
  • BEKOU, O., 2001. Globalisation in the Prosecution of International Crimes: from National Courts to International In: Human Rights in a Global World.
  • BEKOU, O., 2001. The Complementarity Regime of the ICC
  • BEKOU, O., 2001. The Inter-relationship between International Criminal Law and Domestic Jurisdictions Human Rights Law Review Student Supplement. 5(1), 3-8
  • BEKOU, O., 2000. The Inter-relationship between International Criminal Law and Domestic Jurisdiction In: Human Rights and Armed Conflict, Human Rights Law Centre Student Conference.
  • BEKOU, O., 2000. The Principle of Complementarity: A Response to the Pakistani Position Asian Network for the International Criminal Court Bulletin.
  • BEKOU, O., 2000. Women in Peace: The Policy of Reapproachment between Greece and Turkey: Working towards good Neighbourliness? In: Presentation given in the course of the WINPEACE Summer Course.
  • BEKOU, O., From 'Confrontation' to 'Two-way Cooperation': Referrals of Cases from the ICTY to National Courts through Rule 11bis Serbian Yearbook of International Law.
  • BEKOU, O., Implementing The ICC Crimes in Africa. In: ABASS, A., BANTEKAS, I., JALLOH, C., ed., The International Criminal Court and Africa OUP. (In Press.)
  • BEKOU, O., Applying Selection and Prioritisation Criteria to Sex Crimes Cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In: BERGSMO, M., ed., Criteria for Prioritizing and Selecting Core International Crimes Cases Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. (In Press.)
  • BEKOU, O., Domestic Implementation of the Rome Statute: International Perspectives on Best Practices. In: NWANKWO, O. and MONEKE, F., eds., Domestic Implementation of the Rome Statute of the ICC in Nigeria and Fight Against Impunity in Africa Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court. (In Press.)

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