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Barrie Sander

Barrie Sander is a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP). He is also a Postdoctoral Fellow at Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law (summa cum laude avec félicitations du jury) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, an LL.M. in Public International Law (cum laude) from Leiden University and a Bachelor of Arts, Classics and Law from Jesus College, Cambridge University.

He is co-founder of Just Innovate, a Swiss-based NGO whose mission is to inspire and facilitate social innovation amongst student communities. From 2013 to 2014, he was an academic mentor for LawWithoutWalls, a global educational programme at the cross-section of law and entrepreneurship. Between 2010 and 2012, he qualified as a Solicitor of England and Wales at Herbert Smith LLP (now Herbert Smith Freehills LLP) where he focused on public international law and investment treaty arbitration, as well as a variety of corporate social responsibility initiatives. In 2010, he undertook a Carter Center law fellowship in Liberia, acting as legal adviser to the Liberian Ministry of Justice on prison reform. Between 2009 and 2010, he acted as legal adviser to the African Prisons Project, assisting prisoners in the death row section of Luzira prison in Kampala, Uganda. He also has experience at a variety of international institutions including the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), and the EU Delegation to the UN in New York. His research interests include international criminal law, human rights and technology, and global cybersecurity norms.

Some publications of Barrie Sander:

“The expressive limits of international criminal justice: victim trauma and local culture in the iron cage of the law”, in International Criminal Law Review (2019), 19(6), pp. 1014-1045.

The expressive turn of international criminal justice: A field in search of meaning”, in Leiden Journal of International Law (2019), 32(4), pp. 851-872.

The Sound of Silence: International Law and the Governance of Peacetime Cyber Operations”, in T. Minárik et al. (editors), “11th International Conference on Cyber Conflict: Silent Battle”, NATO CCD COE Publications, 2019, pp. 361-381.

Justifying International Criminal Punishment: A Critical Perspective”, in Morten Bergsmo and Emiliano J. Buis (editors), “Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law: Foundational Concepts”, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, Brussels, 2019, pp. 167-240.

Democracy Under The Influence: Paradigms of State Responsibility for Cyber Influence Operations on Elections”, in Chinese Journal of International Law (2019), 18, pp. 1-56.

The Method is the Message: Law, Narrative Authority and Historical Contestation in International Criminal Courts”, in Melbourne Journal of International Law (2018), 19(1), pp. 299-334.

Unveiling the Historical Function of International Criminal Courts: Between Adjudicative and Sociopolitical Justice”, in International Journal of Transitional Justice (2018), 12(2), pp. 334-355.

Justice as Identity: Unveiling the Mechanics of Legitimation in Domestic Atrocity Trials”, in Journal of International Criminal Justice (2018), 16(2), pp. 203-228.

History on Trial: Historical Narrative Pluralism Within and Beyond International Criminal Courts”, in International & Comparative Law Quarterly (2018), 67(3), pp. 547-576.

International Criminal Justice as Progress: From Faith to Critique”, in Morten Bergsmo, CHEAH Wui Ling, SONG Tianying and YI Ping (editors), “Historical Origins of International Criminal Law: Volume 4”, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, Brussels, 2015, pp. 749-836.

A Critical Assessment of the Supreme Court of Uganda’s Judgment in Attorney General v. Susan Kigula and 417 Others”, in Journal of African Law (2011), 55(2), pp. 261-279.

The Broader Consequences of the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion on the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Respect of Kosovo”, in Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (2011), 49(2), pp. 321 ff. (co-authored with R. Tricot).

Unravelling the Confusion Concerning Successor Superior Responsibility in the ICTY”, in Leiden Journal of International Law (2010), 23(1), pp. 105-135.


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