From Rwanda to The Hague, via Cambodia: comparative look at three internatinoal criminal justice responses

Event date: 
24 Sep 2014
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: 
Staff common room, level 2, UNSW Law
Topic: 
International Criminal Court
Speaker: 
Clair Duffy
Position: 
Expert in the field of international criminal justice
Cost: 
Free

Clair Duffy is an Australian-admitted barrister, and has spent the past nine years working in the field of international criminal justice--in The Hague, Phnom Penh, and Arusha. Most recently, Clair ran an office in The Hague for the International Bar Association which is engaged in legal and policy-based monitoring of the International Criminal Court. Prior to this, Clair spent two years in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, running an office on behalf of international NGO Open Society Justice Initiative, which was monitoring the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (or ECCC as they are formally known). From 2005 to 2010, Clair worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Arusha, Tanzania. During that time she worked both in the Office of the Prosecutor as appeals counsel, and as a legal advisor to the Vice President of the Tribunal. Clair’s pre-international criminal justice career was spent as a federal prosecutor in Australia.

Clair’s research interests in the field of international criminal justice are broad and varied. They presently include: the limits of criminal liability theory—and its judicial interpretation—on sexualised violence prosecution before international courts; questions of judicial independence and political interference in international courts; and a number of complementarity-related issues raised by the Libya situation before the ICC.

Clair holds a common law legal qualification (LLB) from the University of Queensland, as well as a Masters in public and international law from the University of Melbourne. Clair is Scottish by birth, having migrated to Australia with her family in 1988.