Our faculty is comprised of world-class leaders in their fields, with direct experience in the field of International Criminal Law.

Here are just some of the instructors that will be leading the ICL Certificate Program:



William Schabas

Professor of international law at  Middlesex University, London, and professor of international criminal law and human rights at Leiden University.  Professor Schabas drafted the 2010 report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006 and elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007. He is the author of over 20 books dealing with international  law.


Fannie Lafontaine

Director of the International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law Clinic and Professor at the Faculty of Law at Laval University. Fannie Lafontaine previously worked as special adviser and human rights officer in the Executive Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and as a human rights officer and special assistant to the President of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur.


Joseph Rikhof 

 Senior Counsel at the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the Canadian Department of Justice and part-time professor in ICL at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Joseph Rikhof was a visiting professional with the International Criminal Court in 2005 and Special Counsel & Policy Advisor to the Modern War Crimes Section of Canada’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration between 1998 and 2002. Extensively published, Dr. Rikhof lectures around the world on organized crime, terrorism, genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

René Provost

René Provost 

Principal investigator for the Centaur Jurisprudence Project and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. He was the Associate Dean (Academic) of McGill’s Faculty of Law from 2001 to 2003, founding Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism from 2005 to 2010, and president of the Société québécoise de droit international from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Provost is extensively published as an author and editor.

Valerie Oosterveld 

Acting Director of Western University’s Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Assistant Dean, Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. Valerie Oosterveld currently teaches international criminal law and previously served in the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs where she advised on international criminal law and international criminal tribunals. That role led to her involvement in the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.


Jennifer Bond

Associate Professor in Criminal Law and the UORAP Refugee Access to Justice, with the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. Jennifer Bond has made submissions before the Supreme Court of Canada,  provided strategic advice to Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations and the UNHCR; and published or presented papers on a variety of international and domestic topics.  Currently, her primary research explores the troubling intersection between criminal law and the exclusion of asylum seekers, both in Canada and abroad. 

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Darryl Robinson 

Associate Professor at Queen’s University. Previously, Darryl Robinson  participated in the foundation of the ICC and served as a Legal Officer at Foreign Affairs Canada concerning international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law. He then joined the ICC as an adviser to the Chief Prosecutor, helping to shape the first policies and strategies of the new institution. As a Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, he was also involved in an intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Omar Khadr case.

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Payam Akhavan

Professor Akhavan teaches and researches on public international law, international dispute settlement, international criminal law, human rights and cultural pluralism.  He received the degree of Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence (SJD) from Harvard Law School and, prior to joining McGill, he was a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School, and a UN prosecutor at The Hague. In 2016, he was appointed a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration established under the 1899 Hague Convention on the Pacific Settlement of Disputes. In 2017, he will deliver the Massey Lectures.

Tim Radcliffe 

Tim currently serves as counsel for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Since 2006, he has prosecuted criminal offences committed in Canada and abroad. He was a member of the team that prosecuted Jacques Mungwarere for genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda in 1994. He also was a member of the team that prosecuted Ali Omar Ader for hostage-taking in Somalia in 2008-2009. For many years, he co-taught International Criminal Law at the University of Ottawa and now coaches its ICC Moot Court team.

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Jo-Anne Wemmers

Professor of Criminology at the Université de Montreal since 2000 and a researcher for the International Centre for Comparative Criminology, Professor Wemmers’ research focuses on victims in the criminal justice system in the broadest sense. This includes both domestic and international crimes (e.g. Crimes against humanity) as well as retributive and reparative justice. Central themes in her research are victims’ justice judgements and therapeutic jurisprudence. Professor Wemmers received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from McGill University and her PhD in Criminology from Leiden University.


And more to come!


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