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, producing two reports as a result of investigations into all alleged violations of international human rights law in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya during the conflict period. This brings the number of UN fact-finding commissions and national commissions Professor Bassiouni has been appointed to investigate post-conflict situations to five. They include the former Yugoslavia; Afghanistan; Libya; Bahrain; and Iraq. Professor Bassiouni continued to investigate the situation in Libya after the CoI’s mandate was terminated. The forthcoming book he edited is entitled Libya: From Repression to Revolution | A Record of Armed Conflict and International Law Violations, 2011-2013 (M. Cherif Bassiouni, ed.) (Brill, forthcoming December 2013).
In addition, Professor Bassiouni has completed a major study on the Shari’a and post-conflict justice which will also appears as a book he recently authored: The Shari’a and Islamic Criminal Justice in Time of War and Peace (Cambridge University Press).