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Since the adoption of the U.N. Charter in 1945 – at the latest – international law has prohibited the use of force in international relations, thereby providing legal protection to states against aggression – a legal right not be victims of war. But is it time for international law to recognize an actionable right to peace for individuals? If so, what would such a right entail? Would the existence of such a right provide additional protections against the ravages of war? And how might such a human right to peace be adjudicated and enforced in the international legal system?
Dr. Chile Eboe-Osuji served as a judge on the International Criminal Court in The Hague from 2012-2021. He was the Court’s President from 2018 – 2021.
Prior to joining the ICC, Dr. Eboe-Osuji served as the Legal Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Before that, Dr. Eboe-Osuji held several posts at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including as a senior prosecutor.
Dr. Eboe-Osuji was the Herman Phlegar Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School this past Winter quarter. He currently holds appointments as Distinguished International Jurist and Special Advisor to the University President, Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University, Toronto; Paul Martin Senior Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Law at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto; and Senior Fellow at the Carr Center of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Dr. Eboe-Osuji has an extensive record of legal scholarship and publications, including the books International Law and Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts, and Protecting Humanity (editor). He is the editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law.
Dr. Eboe-Osuji received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; his Master of Laws (LLM) degree from McGill University; and his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.