This is a joint event with Oxford Transitional Justice Research


Discussion on the proper role of the ICC judges in the interpretation of the Rome Statute – especially in those circumstances where it is felt or evident that the words of the Statute offer no ready guidance.


Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji (1962) is a Judge of the Trial Division. He came to the ICC from his post as the Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Dr Navi Pillay (a former Judge of the ICC), with cross-appointment as Principal Appeals Counsel for the Prosecution in the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).

He had previously worked in various other capacities at the SCSL and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR): among them, as Senior Prosecution Appeals Counsel at the SCSL in the AFRC Case and the CDF Case, Lead Prosecution Trial Counsel at the ICTR, the Head of Chambers at the ICTR, Senior Legal Officer in Chambers at the ICTR, and Head Legal Officer in the Appeals Chamber of the ICTR. As the Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, he led the writing of submissions filed on behalf of the High Commissioner in her interventions as amicus curiae before the European Court of Human Rights (in the El Masri Case and the Hirsi Case) and the United States Supreme Court (in the Kiobel Case).

He had also taught international criminal law as adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, Canada, and has an extensive record of legal scholarship and publications. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law.

He served as legal expert to Nigeria's delegation to the ICC-ASP Special Working Group on the Definition of the Crime of Aggression.

He has also practised law as a barrister: appearing in many criminal, civil and constitutional cases before national courts in Nigeria and Canada. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986, and to the Bars of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia in 1993. He served as articled student-at-law to Chief Mike Ahamba SAN and Mr David W Scott QC—of Nigeria and Canada, respectively.

He holds an LLB from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, an LLM from McGill University, Canada, and an LLD in international criminal law from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Judge Eboe-Osuji is a son of the late Chief M V Eboe-Osuji and Mrs Clara Nnenze Eboe-Osuji of Añara, Imo, Nigeria.


PIL Lunchtime Discussion Group Series Michaelmas Term 2016.

The Public International Law Discussion Group at the University of Oxford is a key focal point for PIL@Oxford. The PIL Discussion Group hosts a weekly speaker event and light lunch. Topics involve contemporary and challenging issues in international law. Speakers include distinguished international law practitioners, academics, and legal advisers from around the world.

The group typically meets each Thursday during Oxford terms in The Old Library, All Souls College, with lunch commencing at 12:30. The speaker will commence at 12:45 and speak for about forty minutes, allowing about twenty five minutes for questions and discussion. The meeting should conclude before 2:00.

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