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Honouring Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni (1937- 2017)

On Monday 25 September, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni passed away, at the age of 79. Throughout his distinguished career, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni has made a unique contribution to international criminal justice.


His works are pioneering in the field. He served as teacher, mentor and source of inspiration for many scholars and practitioners all over the globe. He had a close connection to The Hague. He laid important groundwork for the ICTY through his work in the UN Commission of Experts preceding the tribunal, and he played a key role in the establishment of the ICC. In 2007 he was awarded the Hague Prize for his "distinguished contribution in the field of international law". In 2015, the Grotius Centre had the honour of welcoming him as distinguished speaker at the Advanced Course on International Criminal Law, co-organized with the Hague Academy of International Law.  At this occasion, he shared some thoughts on the future of international criminal justice. We herewith share an excerpt of the interview, which reflects his extraordinary commitment to the search for justice in the world of Realpolitik.

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