Lawyering for International Criminal Justice

The research project explores how lawyers and prosecutors practising in the international, internationalised and hybrid criminal tribunals view themselves and their role. The wider context for the research is the ongoing debate about the future of international criminal justice and the motivations and self-perceptions of the various actors within it. Specifically, the research aims to examine the effects of practitioners’ motivations and self-perceptions on the institutions and discipline of international justice itself.

The research is underpinned by qualitative research interviews with over 60 practitioners working in the field of international criminal justice, conducted by the principal investigator between 2018 and 2019.


I presented the initial findings from the research interviews in December 2019 as Keynote Speaker to the Annual Meeting of International Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. I am in discussions with practitioners and other academics concerning the holding of a symposium on practitioner motivations in international criminal law.

Publications and outputs

  1. “International Prosecutors as Cause Lawyers” 14,000 word journal article (currently revising manuscript having received reviewers’ comments from the Journal of International Criminal Justice, re-submitting December 2020, hopefully publication in 2021)
  2. “Empathy, emotionalism and legal professionalism in international criminal law practice” 10,000 word journal article (to be submitted to the Journal of Law and Society in December 2021)
  3. Monograph proposal (title TBC) to be submitted to Routledge by summer 2021