“Hegemony and Pluralism in International Criminal Law” – Prof. Asad Kiyani

October 20, 2015, 3:30-5:30; Osgoode Hall Law School (Ignat Kaneff Building), Room 2010

On October 20, 2015, the ILIGS hosted Asad Kiyani, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, to deliver a seminar entitled “Hegemony and Pluralism in International Criminal Law”.  His presentation focused on the underlying dilemma between pluralism in international criminal law on one hand, and international criminal law’s international dimension on the other.  Asad posited that this tensAsad Kiyaniion resulted in a failure to challenge the axes of intra- and inter-state power that continues to operate within international criminal law.

The question-and-answer period, led by Professor Faisal Bhabha, sparked much discussion, with those in attendance sharing their thoughts about the intersection between international law and criminal law from a Global South perspective.

Asad Kiyani is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, and an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia, where his research on the theoretical foundations of international criminal law has been supported through a SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a Four-Year Fellowship, and the Charles Bourne Graduate Scholarship in International Law.

Prior to starting his PhD, Asad completed his LL.B. at Osgoode and his LL.M. at the University of Cambridge. His research and teaching expertise includes domestic, transnational and comparative criminal law; domestic and comparative criminal procedure; evidence; postcolonial theory; and, public international law. Asad has published in a number of peer-reviewed and leading journals around the world, and his work has most recently been accepted in the NYU Journal of International Law & Politics and the American Journal of International Law Unbound. Asad is also co-editing a symposium issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice that focuses on Third World Approaches to International Criminal Law.

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