The Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx) & the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University | Third International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding | The Hague, Netherlands | forthcoming 19 – 21 June 2024
Panellist and presentation of my paper on ‘The interlinkages between starvation as a method of warfare and environmental crimes in Ukraine'
Vanderbilt University | Journal of Transnational Law - 2024 Symposium | Nashville, Tennessee | forthcoming 25 – 26 January 2024
Keynote lecturer during symposium on the right to food and humanitarian challenges during armed conflict, and author of a comment for publication in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
Navigating the international legal landscape of the Israel-Palestine conflict | T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) Lectures [Webinar] | forthcoming 19 December 2023
This supranational criminal law lecture will discuss a number of international legal aspects pertaining to the Israel/Palestine conflict. It will address three different fields, namely: (1) the jus ad bellum, including the scope of the right to self-defence; (2) the jus in bello, including questions related to targeting; and (3) the jus post bellum and the search for accountability for violations, with a focus on the crime of starvation. This webinar will consist of a moderated Q&A with experts, followed by a Q&A session with online participants.
Prof. Terry Gill (Emeritus Professor of Military Law, University of Amsterdam)
Prof. Helen Duffy (Professor of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Leiden University, and Director, Human Rights in Practice)
Yousuf Syed Khan J.D. LL.M. (Senior Lawyer, Global Rights Compliance)
American Society of International Law | ASIL Midyear Meeting, Research Forum | Pennsylvania, USA | 9 – 11 November 2023
Panellist and presentation of my research paper entitled ‘Humanitarian Evacuations and “Forced Displacement” in the Syrian Arab Republic’ during the panel session on 'Losing Autonomy: Individual Rights in Times of Conflict' with Discussant Jaya Ramji-Nogales
War Criminals for Hire: The Role of Mercenaries in Modern Armed Conflict | United Nations Human Rights Council 54th Session Side Event | Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland | 20 September 2023
Panellist speaking on the role played by mercenary groups in Ukraine, highlighting the legal qualification of Wagner Group members as mercenaries or combatants, the challenges encountered in curbing their activities, and the gaps in holding perpetrators to account
Global Rights Compliance | Pan-Asian Forum: Strengthening Accountability and Advocacy Initiatives | 글로벌라이츠컴플라이언스 주최 범-아시아포럼 | 19-20 September 2023
Presentation on ‘Information Sharing with Commissions of Inquiry and Fact-Finding Missions’ during the GRC Pan-Asian Forum panel session on ‘Engagement with Commissions of Inquiry, Independent Investigative Mechanisms, Fact-Finding Missions, and Special Procedures'
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) | Trial Monitoring | 17 November 2022
Panellist speaking on my experiences leading a team with the UN in Iraq to monitor the post-ISIL administration of justice, including on trial monitoring and procedural safeguards to ensure torture prevention
United States Military Academy at West Point | 8-10 November 2022
Presentation of my research paper at the Sixth annual Lieber Institute Workshop at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, which was dedicated to ‘Making and Shaping the Law of Armed Conflict’
University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School | 1 March 2022
Presentation regarding best practices for the international investigation, collection, and preservation of evidence of violations and international crimes and their role in the international legal order, particularly concerning the interplay between atrocity inquiries and actionable criminal accountability
Generating Respect Project | 9 December 2021
Between January 2020-23, I served alongside academics and practitioners on the Advisory Board of the ESCR-funded Generating Respect Project, which examined how religious leaders influence the behaviours of State and non-State parties to armed conflicts and whether their religious interpretations (can) generate greater respect for humanitarian norms. During our conference on 'Religious Actors & Humanitarian Norms Compliance in Armed Conflict: Roles, Influence, Engagement', I presented my research paper entitled 'Overlooked iconoclasm: intangible heritage and endangerment in Syria'
Global Rights Compliance | 19 May 2021
To mark the third anniversary of the adoption of landmark UNSC Resolution 2417, Global Rights Compliance convened a webinar on the implementation of Resolution 2417 with a focus on Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia, and broader UNSC action, where I presented on forced and calculated population transfers and their link with starvation crimes
University of Oslo, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights | 2 April 2020
Presentation of my research paper entitled 'A Vanishing History: Iconoclasm and Syria’s Endangered Cultural Heritage', during the UiO 'Disentangling the Relationship between Religion and Law' conference
University of Amsterdam, Centre for International Law, War Reparations Centre | Amsterdam, Netherlands | 25 October 2017
Panellist discussing 'Syria and the question of accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity'
Leiden University, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies | The Hague, Netherlands | 14 July 2017
Panellist discussing 'Justice and Truth-finding for Syria', moderated by Professor Carsten Stahn, with myself and Lotte Leicht, EU Director of Human Rights Watch. The panel, a part of the Human Rights & Transitional Justice Summer School, focussed on the importance of gathering evidence and the interplay with bringing perpetrators to justice
Harvard University Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) | 22 February 2017
Prior to the release of the Syria Commission's report on the siege of eastern Aleppo, I was invited as a co-guest alongside Amb. Stephen Rapp (US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, 2009-2015) to discuss 'Pursuing Accountability in Syria'
The Peace Palace | The Hague, Netherlands | 30 September 2016
Presentation of my research paper entitled 'Jus post bellum and the Protection of Cultural Property: A Consideration of the Situation in the Syrian Arab Republic', during the 'Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace' conference (convenor's reflections here)