Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Félicitations à MDM et à la CPI

Delighted to announce that Dr. Mireille Delmas-Marty (right) has been appointed as an expert counsellor on international law. (photo credit)
No more fitting person could have been named as the Special Adviser on the Internationalization of Legal Issues to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. (The French version of the announcement is here.)
As we've posted, since 2002 Mireille has held the Chair of Comparative Legal Studies and Internationalization of Law at the Collège de France, a Paris institution of higher education founded in the 1500s. She's also been a professor at the universities at Lille, Paris-Sud 11 and Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). (All prior IntLawGrrls posts.)
According to a statement by ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo,
'Given her renowned expertise in this area, Professor Delmas-Marty will advise the Office of the Prosecutor on matters related to the processes of internationalization of Law, focusing on the interplay between national, regional and international norms as seen through the prism of the universalism of human rights.'

Mireille's deep, creative, and original thinking on these issues is evident in her numerous writings -- including, we're proud to recall, the series of IntLawGrrls guest posts that Mireille contributed last year. Yours truly is one of several 'Grrls who have collaborated with her on various projects, among them the Réseaux ID she's organized to study French-American, French-Chinese, and French-Brazilian legal interactions.
The appointment accords with the Article 42(9) of the Rome Statute of the ICC, which states:
'The Prosecutor shall appoint advisers with legal expertise on specific issues, including, but not limited to, sexual and gender violence and violence against children.'

Others already thus appointed:
► Special Adviser on Gender Crimes: Dr. Catharine A. MacKinnon (right), Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law (prior IntLawGrrls posts). (photo credit)
► Special Adviser on Crime Prevention: Juan E. Méndez, Visiting Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law (prior post).
► Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law: Dr. Tim McCormack, Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law and the Foundation Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, University of Melbourne Law School (prior post).
► Special Adviser on International Law: José Enrique Alvarez, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law, New York University School of Law (prior posts).
Benjamin B. Ferencz, former prosecutor in the post-World War II war crimes trials at Nuremberg: Special Counsel to and honorary member of the advisory council of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor (prior posts).

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