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Vasuki Nesiah

Libya, Impunity, and the International Criminal Court

[Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, answers questions after the joint press conference with Libya's Interim Justice Minister Mohammed al-Allagui in Tripoli on Nov. 23, 2011. Image from Xinhua/Qin Haishi.]

Last week, four staffers of the International Criminal Court (the ICC) who were part of Seif Gaddafi’s legal defense team were taken into custody in Libya on allegations that they were functioning as a conduit for conspiracy between Gaddafi and his political allies. The ICC is now plunged into a messy battle seeking release of its staff while moving forward with the Seif case in ways that strain for legitimacy within Libya. The local Zintan council leadership responsible ...

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Vasuki Nesiah


Vasuki Nesiah is Associate Professor of Practice at the Gallatin School in NYU.  Currently her main areas of research include the law and politics of international human rights and humanitarianism, with a particular focus on transitional justice. She has also written on the politics of memory and comparative constitutionalism, with a particular focus on law and politics in South Asia. Prior to joining Gallatin she taught in the International Relations and Gender Studies concentrations at Brown University where she also served as Director of International Affairs. She has taught at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and continues as core faculty in the summer workshop of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. Before entering the academy full time, Nesiah spent several years in practice at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), where she worked on law and policy issues in the field of post-conflict human rights.  She teaches human rights, law and social theory and international legal studies at NYU.