FIU Law Professor Charles Jalloh, who was selected as the Fulbright Lund University Distinguished Chair of Public International Law for the 2018-2019 academic year following a nation-wide competition, has just completed his term at Lund University, Faculty of Law and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund in southern Sweden.

In addition to his research on the topic universal criminal jurisdiction, he taught an advanced course on the work of the International Law Commission to Swedish LL.B. and LL.M. students, gave several lectures at his host institution, including on Africa and the International Criminal Court on 13 March 2019 for the Association of Foreign Affairs of Lund, recorded a podcast on crimes against humanity, and moderated a panel following the screening of Under the Wire at the Swedish Human Rights Film Festival. Under the Wire is a documentary about the murder of an award winning American journalist, Marie Colvin, who was reporting on the commission of international crimes in Syria; her family recently received a $300 million judgment from the US District Court in District of Columbia.

Professor Jalloh also presented papers at several conferences.  On 17 December 2018, he was the keynote speaker at the Third Oresund Workshop on International Law hosted by the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law (“The ILC and Universal Criminal Jurisdiction”).  He was a key participant at Harvard Human Rights Program’s Crimes Against Humanity Workshop, held in Boston on 11-12 January 2019, to discuss the final report of the Special Rapporteur on Crimes Against Humanity. He also presented papers at the University of Hamburg at a conference on Protection of the Environment in relation to armed Conflict – Beyond the ILC  on 8 March 2019 (“Can Individual Criminal Responsibility for Environmental Crimes Prevent Attack on the Environment?”); at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Copenhagen, Denmark at a workshop on the theme Modern Conflicts, Accountability and the International Law Commission co-convened with the University of Southern Denmark on 18 March 2019 (“The International Law Commission and Crimes Against Humanity: Progress for International Law?”), and at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany on 1 April 2019 (“The African Union and the Question of President Al Bashir’s Immunity before the International Criminal Court”).

For a separate research project, on which he is co-writing a book, Professor Jalloh travelled to Chad during his Fulbright in early to mid December 2018 interviewing victims of torture and crimes against humanity for which former President Hissiene Habre was tried, convicted and sentenced by the African Union’s Extraordinary African Chambers based in Dakar, Senegal.

Next week, he will be in Geneva, Switzerland for the start of the 71st session of the United Nations International Law Commission to which he was elected by States in the General Assembly for a five-year term in November 2016. His ILC colleagues honored him with election to serve as Chairperson of the Drafting Committee for the historic 70th session of the Commission in 2018. He will be joined in Geneva by three FIU Dean’s Fellows, who will work as his legal assistants through the summer of 2019.