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The right to a fair trial: the challenges of realizing a fundamental right - Philippa Webb

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Thu 30 September 2021

The Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law presents

The right to a fair trial: the challenges of realizing a fundamental right

Professor Philippa Webb, Professor of Public International Law, King's College London



Ms Leigh Lawrie, Advocate
Leigh is a Scots qualified lawyer, with over 15 years of experience in international criminal law. She has worked for the prosecution at the ICTY and the Special Court for Sierra Leone and has defenced at the ICC, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. Noteworthy cases include, representing the Deputy President of Kenya, Mr William Ruto and the Darfuri revolutionary, Mr. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and prosecuting the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor.

Dr Kasey McCall Smith, Senior Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, Edinburgh Law School

Professor Nehal Bhuta, Professor of Public International Law, Edinburgh Law School


About the seminar
A fair trial is an uncontroversial right. But recent history demonstrates that while few states would disavow the right in principle, its realization in practice is more difficult that often assumed. Professor Philippa Webb, Professor of Public International Law at Kings College Law School, will discuss her new co-authored treatise on the Right to a Fair Trial in International Law, and joining her will be scholars and practitioners to discuss their own experiences of observing or participating in trials in which the right to a fair trial was in question.

About the speaker
Philippa Webb is Professor of Public International Law. She joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in 2012 after a decade in international legal practice. She was previously visiting Assistant Professor in the Advanced LLM Programme at Leiden University (2009-2011). She has been Visiting Professor at Université Paris X Nanterre, ESADE Law School and Pepperdine University’s London programme.

Professor Webb holds a doctorate (JSD) and an LLM from Yale Law School. She obtained the University Medal in her LLB and the University Medal and First Class Honours in her BA (Asian Studies), both of which were awarded by the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Professor Webb has extensive experience in international courts and tribunals. She served as the Special Assistant and Legal Officer to Judge Rosalyn Higgins during her Presidency of the International Court of Justice (2006-2009) and, prior to that, as the Judicial Clerk to Judges Higgins and Owada (2004-2005). She was the Associate Legal Adviser to Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Criminal Court (2005-2006).

Professor Webb’s research interests are in public international law, including all aspects of immunities, international dispute settlement, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and the law of international organisations. Her books include Oppenheim's International Law: United Nations (2017, with Dame Rosalyn Higgins QC, Dapo Akande, Sandy Sivakumran, James Sloan), The Right to a Fair Trial in International Law (2018, with Amal Clooney), The Law of State Immunity (with Lady Hazel Fox QC) (2015), International Judicial Integration and Fragmentation (2015, 2013), the complete travaux préparatoires of the Genocide Convention (2008) (with Hirad Abtahi). She is currently working on research projects related the law of State immunity and the right to a fair trial.


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