It is with profound sadness that we announce that Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni passed away at the age of 79, peacefully in his home and surrounded by his loving family, the morning of September 25, 2017. Professor Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus of DePaul University College of Law, was a giant in the fields of international criminal and human rights law. The father of the International Criminal Court, he will be remembered as a fierce and tireless advocate for those seeking justice for grave human rights abuses, and a generous teacher whose profound impact on generations of lawyers, judges, activists, and scholars cannot be quantified.

A memorial service in Chicago will be planned for mid-October; details are forthcoming.

Dear Friends

Some good friends have urged me to become cognisant of the modern world of technology, and to do this webpage. Yousuf Khanand Douglass Hansen, both law grads and both strongly committed to human rights, are helping set up this website – I am grudgingly being dragged by them into it. Read more

UN Appointments

Most recently, Professor Bassiouni was appointed Chair of the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry on Libya (CoI), established in an emergency session on 25 February 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council. The CoI remained active during 2011-2012 Read more

Siracusa Guidelines

Professor Bassiouni and Christina Abraham(ISISC) as co-editors recently published the Siracusa Guidelines for International, Regional and National Fact-Finding Bodies, a novel book which attempts to serve as a guideline for investigation commissions and fact-finding bodies (Intersentia, 2013). Read more

Essays in Honour

In 2008, fifteen leading experts from around the world contributed scholarly essays about the theory and practice of modern international criminal law with a focus on Professor Bassiouni’s unique legacy. The result was a book entitled The Theory and Practice of International Criminal Law: Essays in Honour of M. Cherif Bassiouni  Read more

Selected Books
  • Libya: From Repression to Revolution | A Record of Armed Conflict and International Law Violations, 2011-2013 (2013)
    • The Shari’a and Islamic Criminal Justice in Time of War and Peace (2013)
      • Siracusa Guidelines for International, Regional and National Fact-finding Bodies (2013)
        • Introduction to International Criminal Law: 2nd Revised Edition (2012)
          • Crimes Against Humanity: Historical Evolution and Contemporary Application (2011)
          Selected Publications
          • The “Arab Revolution” and Transitions in the Wake of the “Arab Spring,” in UCLA J. Int’l. & Foreign Aff. (forthcoming 2013)
            • In Afghanistan and Iraq: Strengthening the Rule of Law through Judicial Education and Law School Development, in 47 A.B.A. Judges’ Journal 24-31 (2008)
              • Ceding the High Ground: The Iraqi High Criminal Court Statute and the Trial of Saddam Hussein, 39 Case W. Res. J. Int’l L. 21-97 (2007) (co-authored with Michael Wahid Hanna)

              FROM THE BLOG
              • On May 9, 2016, Professor M. Cherif received the Order of Bahrain, First Class, from the King of Bahrain, marking the fifth year since the submission of the report and recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry. The report and recommendations can be found at

              • The 2015 Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on ‘Global Issues and their Impact on the Future of Human Rights and International Criminal Justice’ was held in Siracusa from May 31st until June 10th, 2015. The course was sponsored by the Association

              • From May 21st to the 22nd Professor Bassiouni gave a series of presentations at three Universities in and around Tel Aviv, Israel. In the morning of the 21st he spoke about his history of involvement with International Criminal Law and Humanitarian Law at the inauguration of the International