Academic Advisory Board



Dr. Sarah Nouwen (University of Cambridge)

Dr. Sarah Nouwen is a University Lecturer in Law and Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre and Pembroke College. Sarah’s research interests lie at the intersections of law & politics, war & peace and justice & the rule of law. She has published articles on the politics of international criminal justice, peacebuilding, mixed courts, complementarity, the Responsibility to Protect, immunities, and justice in Sudan and Uganda. Her book, Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Cambridge University Press, 2013) explores whether, how and why the complementarity principle in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has had a catalysing effect on the legal systems of Uganda and Sudan. She spent many months in both countries, interviewing officials, observing proceedings and searching documents to discover whether domestic legal reforms have taken place in response to the Court’s involvement. She also served as a Visiting Professional for an ICC judge. Sarah has given guest lectures on international criminal law, transitional justice and the responsibility to protect for the British military and universities in England, The Netherlands, Uganda and Darfur. Sarah has served as a consultant for various NGOs, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Department for International Development (DfID) on rule-of-law building and transitional justice. In 2010-2011 she was seconded to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan (see Sarah’s report in the FTD20 Newsletter). Before starting her PhD, Sarah worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York, The Hague and Sudan and for an NGO in Senegal. Sarah holds an LLM (cum laude, Utrecht, with a specialisation in Cape Town), an MPhil in International Relations (Cantab) and a PhD in International Law (Cantab).

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Dr. Thomas Skouteris (American University in Cairo)

Dr. Thomas Skouteris is Chair of the Law Department of the American University in Cairo (AUC), Associate Professor, and Director of AUC’s Ibrahim Shihata Memorial LLM Program in International and Comparative Law. Skouteris joined AUC in 2008 following a decade of teaching at the Faculty of Law of Leiden University in The Netherlands. Thomas has served in various other posts, such as secretary general of the European Society of International Law (2004-2011), general editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law (since 1995), chair of the Foundation for New Research in International Law, founding member of the European Society of International Law, and visiting professor at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has co-organized more than a dozen international law conferences and events and spoken in several others. He sits in the editorial boards of Oxford Bibliographies Online and the London Review of International Law and acts as peer-reviewer for various other journals and publishers. Thomas Skouteris obtained his degree in law from Democritus University of Thrace. He completed his LLM degree in international law (cum laude) at the University of Leiden in 1995. In 1996, he became research fellow at the T.M.C. Asser Institute (The Hague), and from 1997-1999 he served as senior fellow at the European Law Research Center of Harvard Law School. He returned to Leiden in 2000 as a tenured lecturer. He obtained his PhD in law at the University of Leiden. His publications include The Notion of Progress in International Law Discourse (Asser Press/Cambridge University Press/ Springer, 2010) and several law review articles and book sections in the field of international law.

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Martin Wählisch (American University of Beirut, European University Viadrina)

Martin Wählisch initiated the Transitional Justice Research Clinic in February 2013. He is a scholar in residence at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. Besides working as a specialized lawyer in public international law, he teaches in the negotiation course at La Sagesse University in Beirut and lectures at the Center for Peace Mediation and the Institute for Conflict Management at the European University Viadrina. He graduated from Humboldt University Law School, and earned a post-graduate Master’s of Arts in Mediation. He was educated at the German UN Training Centre, and has been abroad at MGU Moscow, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Center for Security Studies), Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation), and Long Island University (Institute for the Study of International Organizations). He has been a research scholar at the Institute of Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation (Lebanese American University) in 2009, a guest researcher at the American University in Kosovo (AUK) in 2010 and a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute (Columbia University) in 2011. He has been with the United Nations (New York, Beirut), the German Foreign Office (Special Task Force Afghanistan), the German Embassy Pristina (Kosovo), the European Commission (Berlin), and a Russian refugee and human rights NGO (Moscow, Caucasus). At the European University Viadrina, Mr. Waehlisch teaches the “Conflict Prevention and Management” course of the Master’s Program in Human Rights & Genocide Studies and the Master’s Program in Human Rights & Humanitarian Law.

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