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Salim A. Nakhjavani

Professor Salim A. Nakhjavani is a CILRAP Research Fellow and a practising advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. Previously, he was a Legal Research and Writing Expert and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and has taught law at the University of Cape Town and King’s College. He has served as United Nations prosecutor in the criminal proceedings against the senior Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia (2011-2015), and a member of the legal team that established the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2002-2003), where he was responsible for the drafting of the first Code of Conduct for international prosecutors and helped to develop the suite of legal tools known today as the ICC Case Matrix and ICC Legal Tools Database. He was Whewell Scholar in International Law at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the LL.M. degree (First Class). He holds LL.B. and B.C.L. degrees (magna cum laude) from McGill University and an LL.B. degree from the University of South Africa.

As a litigator, Nakhjavani has participated in complex corporate and commercial disputes, including matters of commercial fraud and theft, delinquency, abuse of corporate personality and shareholder oppression, as well as transnational disputes, matters of public and private international law, and international criminal law, including apartheid accountability matters. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher (TOAEP) and the Constitutional Court Review (South Africa). He has been an adviser to the Case Matrix Network for several years, through which he has worked to develop legal research tools and investigative and prosecutorial capacity-strengthening in several countries in Asia and Africa. He is also a member of the Global Faculty Network of Duke Corporate Education.

Some publications of Salim A. Nakhjavani:

“On ‘Unity’ as an Emerging Legal Interest in International Criminal Law”, in Morten Bergsmo, Emiliano J. Buis and SONG Tianying (editors), Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law: Legally Protected Interests, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, Brussels, 2021 (forthcoming) (co-authored with Melody Mirzaagha).

Does the International Criminal Court Really Need an Ethics Charter?”, in Morten Bergsmo and Viviane E. Dittrich (editors), Integrity in International Justice, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, Brussels, 2020, pp. 875-901 (co-authored with Suhail Mohammed).

“Neither Complementary nor Complimentary: National Commissioner of the South African Police Service v Southern African Litigation Centre and Another”, in Constitutional Court Review (2019), 7(1), pp. 247-257.

The Origins and Development of the Code of Conduct”, in Morten Bergsmo, Klaus Rackwitz and SONG Tianying (editors), Historical Origins of International Criminal Law: Volume 5, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, Brussels, 2017, pp. 951-1006.

Constitutional Coherence and the Legal Status of the Bahá'í Community of Iran”, in FICHL Policy Brief Series, No. 70 (2016), Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, Brussels, 2016.

“Violations of Social and Economic Rights and International Crimes”, in Sébastien Jodoin and Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (editors), Sustainable Development, International Criminal Law and Treaty Implementation, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013, pp. 100-119.

“Section 61 (Extraterritoriality)”, in Dee Smythe, Bronwyn Pithey and Lillian Artz (editors), Sexual Offences Commentary: Act 32 of 2007 [commentary on the Criminal Law Amendment Act 32 of 2007 (Sexual Offences and Related Matters)], Juta, Cape Town, 2011, pp. 24.1-24.7.

“The Rough Edges of the Delicate Mosaic: Complexity Theory and the Early Practice of the International Criminal Court”, in Alette Smeulers (editor), Collective Violence and International Criminal Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Intersentia, Antwerp, 2010, pp. 233-252.

“Reflections on the Strategic Significance of the International Criminal Court”, in Francois Vrey, Thomas Mandrup and Abel Esterhuyse (editors), On Strategy: Strategic Theory and Contemporary African Armed Conflicts, SUNMeDIA, Stellenbosch, 2010, pp. 71-90.

“South Africa”, in Hans Michelmann (editor), Dialogues on Foreign Relations in Federal Countries, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2009, pp. 212-239 (co-authored with Christina Murray).

“South Africa: provinces take a back seat”, in Raoul Blindenbacher and Chandra Pasma (editors), Dialogues on Foreign Relations in Federal Countries, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2007, pp. 33-35 (co-authored with Christina Murray).

“International Crimes”, in Max du Plessis (editor), African Guide to International Criminal Justice, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, 2008, pp. 55-97.

“International Criminal Law: a selected case”, in South African Journal of Criminal Justice (2008), 21(2), pp. 252-258.

“International Criminal Law: a selected case”, in South African Journal of Criminal Justice (2007), 20(2), pp. 301-306.

“International Criminal Law: a selected case”, in South African Journal of Criminal Justice (2007), 20(1), pp. 136-141.

“Sustainable Development Compliance: Building”, in Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger and Ashfaq Khalfan (editors), Sustainable Development Law: Principles, Practices and Prospects, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004, pp. 244-271.

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