Professor Mia Swart, University of Johannesburg, will speak about the South African litigation over Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, and the relationship between the African Union and the International Criminal Court. Professor Swart coordinates and teaches the LLM program in international law at the University of Johannesburg. She previously worked as Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London and as Assistant Professor of Public International law and Global Justice at Leiden University, from which she earned her PhD in 2006. She also holds the title of Honorary Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where she previously worked as Associate Professor. Her academic research focuses on transitional justice, international criminal law, and comparative constitutional law. In 2007 and 2009, Professor Swart received a Humboldt Research Fellowship to conduct research at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg and at Berlin's Humboldt University, from which she holds an LLM. She worked as an intern in the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY in 2001, the same year she was admitted as an attorney. Professor Swart chairs the Complementarity Committee of the International Law Association. She consulted for the United Nations Development Programme in Palestine and Amnesty International in Southern Africa.
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