Justice for them, without them is not for them: Prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Africa
Raymond O. Savadogo holds an LL.B with first class distinction in Law, an LL.M with distinction in International and Transnational Law and he acted both as a Teaching Assistant in International Criminal Law (LLM course) with Professor Fannie Lafontaine at the Faculty of Law, Laval University (Canada) and as a Professional Researcher of the Canadian Research Chair on International Criminal Justice and Human Rights. Former student of Laval University (Canada), Brussels University – ULB/Solbosch (Belgium) and Catholic University of West Africa (Burkina Faso), he has been accredited as a pro bono member of the Defence Counsel of Callixte Mbarushimana, an Executive Secretary of a rebel armed group in the North of the DRC until his immediate release by the International Criminal Court (ICC). By means of the Clinic of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, he served as a contractual worker on the ICC Legal Tools Database and assists the team of victims before the Extraordinary African Chambers established within the Senegalese courts to try the former Chadian President, Hissène Habré. At the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), he also assisted the Counsel for the Defence of Callixte Nzabonimana (Minister of Youth in the Rwandan interim government) as well as the Counsel of acquitted persons namely André Ntaguerura (Minister of Transport and Communications in the Rwandan interim government), Jerome Clément Bicamumpaka (Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in the Rwandan interim government), Gratien Kabiligi (Head of military operations of the Rwandan Armed Forces then General Brigadier during the genocide) and Casimir Bizimungu (Health Minister in the Rwandan interim government) as part of their post-acquittal relocation. Received in 2010 as an intern of the Centre for Democratic Governance in Africa and later appointed as an "Associate Field Investigator" of the Afrobarometer Survey on citizens' education to democracy and human rights, Raymond is passionate about procedural and substantive International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, the Theory of Public International Law, African system of Human Rights protection as well as constitutional, judiciary and political reforms in Africa. He is also recipient of several distinctions and honors both in Canada and Burkina Faso and took part, on behalf of Laval University, to the 25th edition of international competition of international law (Jean-Pictet Moot Competition) held in Thaïland. With recommendation of Professor Lafontaine, he joined Bill Schabas at Grotius Centre as a PhD candidate where he conducts research on the emerging African systems of international criminal justice.
His publications can be accessed at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1850652