University of Pittsburgh

Charles Chernor Jalloh

Assistant Professor of Law

 

Charles C. Jalloh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pennsylvania, USA, where he also holds affiliate faculty appointments in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the African Studies Program. He specializes in Criminal Law and International Law, and in summer 2013, was named by the Dean of the Law School as the Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney Faculty Scholar for the 2013-2014 year.

Since joining Pitt Law in 2009, Professor Jalloh has researched questions of jurisdiction and selectivity in international criminal law, including the tense relationship between Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC), on which he is a widely recognized expert. A prolific scholar, he has published articles in top scholarly journals and many invited book chapters on diverse topics such as crimes against humanity; the right of self-representation in international criminal law; the role of the Security Council in the ICC; universal jurisdiction; and the contributions of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to international law. His recent edited books include The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and two volumes of the first comprehensive Law Reports of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Martinus Nijhoff, 2013).

Professor Jalloh’s scholarship seeks to bridge theory and practice, drawing from his experience as a practicing attorney. For several years, he worked on high profile cases as Counsel in the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Canadian Department of Justice; an Associate Legal Officer assisting Presiding Judge Erik Møse on historic trials involving the 1994 Rwandan genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; the Legal Advisor to the Defense Office in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he was also court-appointed duty counsel to former Liberian President Charles Taylor; and a Visiting Professional in the ICC. A frequently invited speaker and consultant, he holds various pro bono positions serving, inter alia, on the Advisory Panel to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; the Advisory Board of the War Crimes Committee, International Bar Association; and as an elected Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s International Criminal Law Interest Group.

He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the refereed African Journal of Legal Studies, an interdisciplinary journal published by Martinus Nijhoff, on behalf of The Africa Law Institute. His education includes degrees in common and civil law from McGill University and a Master’s in International Human Rights Law, with distinction, from Oxford University, where he was also a Chevening Scholar. He graduated at the top of his class. 

Education

  • M.St. - Oxford University
  • B.C.L. - McGill University
  • LL.B. - McGill University
  • B.A. - University of Guelph
  • Selected Publications

    Edited Books

    • Ademola Abass, Ilias Bantekas and Charles C. Jalloh, eds., Africa and the International Criminal Court (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).
    • Charles C. Jalloh and Olufemi Elias, eds., Shielding Humanity: Essays in International Law and Policy in Honor of Judge Abdul G. Koroma (Boston, U.S.A./Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Brill, forthcoming 2014).
    • Charles C. Jalloh, ed.,  The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
    • Charles C. Jalloh and Simon Meisenberg, eds., The Law Reports of the Special Court for Sierra Leone: The Prosecutor v. Norman, Fofana and Kondewa (The CDF Case), (Boston, U.S.A./Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Brill, 2013).
    • Charles C. Jalloh and Simon Meisenberg, eds., The Law Reports of the Special Court for Sierra Leone: The Prosecutor v. Brima, Kamara and Kanu (The AFRC Case), (Boston, U.S.A./Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Brill, 2012) 2,310 pps.
    • Charles C. Jalloh, ed., Consolidated Legal Texts for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Boston, U.S.A./Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Brill, 2007) 608 pps.

    Articles and Book Chapters

    • Melinda Taylor and Charles C. Jalloh, Provisional Arrest and Incarceration in the International Criminal Tribunals, 11 Santa Clara Journal of International Law 2 (2013). Available on SSRN.
    • What Makes a Crime Against Humanity a Crime Against Humanity?, 28 American Univ. International Law Review 2013. Available on SSRN.
    • Prosecuting Those Bearing ‘Greatest Responsibility’: The Lessons of the Special Court of Sierra Leone, 96 Marquette Law Review 2013. Available on SSRN.
    • Does Living By the Sword Mean Dying by the Sword? 117 Penn State Law Review 2013. Available on SSRN.
    • International Decision, Situation in the Republic of Kenya: No. ICC-01/09-02/11-274 - Judgment on Kenya’s Appeal of Decision Denying Admissibility, 106 American Journal Of International Law 118-125 (Jan. 2012). Available on SSRN.
    • International Decision, Situation in the Republic of Kenya, Decision on the Authorization of an Investigation, 105 American Journal Of International Law 540-547 (July 2011). Available on SSRN.
    • Special Court for Sierra Leone: Achieving Justice?, 32 Michigan Journal Of International Law 395-460 (Spring 2011). Available on SSRN.
    • Charles C. Jalloh, Dapo Akande and Max du Plessis, Assessing the African Union Concerns about Article 16 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, 4 African Journal Of Legal Studies 5-50 (July 2011). Available on SSRN.
    • International Decision, Michelot Yogogombaye v. Republic of Senegal, 104 American Journal Of International Law 620-628 (Oct. 2010). Available on SSRN
    • Universal Jurisdiction, Universal Prescription? A Preliminary Assessment of the African Union Perspective on Universal Jurisdiction, 21 Criminal Law Forum 1-65 (Mar. 2010). Available on SSRN.
    • The International Criminal Court on Trial, in Chile Eboe-Osuji, ed.,Protecting Humanity: Essays In International Law And Policy In Honour Of Navanethem Pillay, (Boston, U.S.A./Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Brill, 2010), pp. 417-529.
    • Regionalizing International Criminal Law?, 9 International Criminal Law Review 445-499 (July 2009). Available on SSRN.
    • The Contribution of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to the Development of International Law, 15 African Journal Of International And Comparative Law 165-207 (Sept. 2007). Available on SSRN.
    • Alhagi Marong, Charles C. Jalloh & David Kinnecomme, Concurrent Jurisdiction at the ICTR: Should the Tribunal Refer Cases to Rwanda? in Emmanuel Decaux et al., eds., From Human Rights To International Criminal Law: Studies In Honour Of An African Jurist, The Late Judge Laity Kama (Boston, U.S.A./Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Brill, 2007), pp. 159-201, available on SSRN.  
    • Vincent O. Nmehielle & Charles C. Jalloh, The Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, 30 Fletcher Forum Of World Affairs 107-124 (Spring 2006). Available on SSRN.  
    • Chernor Jalloh & Alhagi Marong, Ending Impunity: The Case for War Crimes Trials in Liberia in Festus Aboagye and Alhaji Bah, eds., A Tortuous Road To Peace: The Dynamics Of Regional, UN And International Humanitarian Interventions In Liberia (Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies, 2005), pp. 191–229. Expanded and republished in 1 African Journal Of Legal Studies 53-79 (Spring 2005). Available on SSRN.

    Essays and Comments

    Book Reviews

    • WTO: THE DOHA AGENDA The New Negotiations on World Trade by B.L. Das (London: Zed Books, 2003) 33 Millennium: Journal of International Studies 2 (2004).  
    • The Post-Apartheid Constitutions: Perspectives on South Africa’s Basic Law by Andrews, P. and Ellman, S. (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2001), 35 Journal of Labour, Capital and Society 1 (2002).

    Selected Presentations

    • Presenter, “The African Perspective on Universal Jurisdiction,” National Univ. of Rwanda, (July 2011).
    • Presenter, “Prosecuting Those Bearing Greatest Responsibility: The Experiences of the Special Court for Sierra Leone,” Univ. of Pretoria Faculty of Law, Institute of International and Comparative Law in Africa, (Aug. 2011).
    • Presenter, “Greatest Responsibility: A Jus Post Bellum Perspective,” Vanderbilt Law School, (Aug. 2011).
    • Presenter, “Greatest Responsibility,” John Marshall Law School, (Dec. 2011). 

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    Selected Professional Activities

    • Panel Convener and Speaker, "Africa and the International Criminal Court", American Society of International Law, 106th Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C.), March 2012. 
    • Presenter, Faculty Workshop, “The Meaning of ‘Greatest Responsibility’ in International Criminal Law”, John Marshall Law School (Chicago, IL), December 9, 2011.
    • Invited Commentator, Faculty Colloquium in International Law and Theory, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, November 18-19, 2011.
    • Panelist, “Transfers under Rule 11bis”, South Africa Litigation Center, REDRESS and African Rights, Conference on Closing the Impunity Gap: Southern Africa’s Role in Ensuring Justice for the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda (Johannesburg, South Africa), July 1, 2011.
    • Guest Lecture, Should the United Nations Security Council Suspend the Indictment of Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir?, Ford Institute for Human Security, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), January 28, 2011.
    • Faculty Workshop, Law and Politics in the International Criminal Justice Process: Exploring the Meaning of Article 16 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Pacific McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, California), November 4, 2010.
    • The International Criminal Court on Trial, R.J. Reynolds Distinguished Endowed Chair Lecture in International Law, North Carolina Central University Law School (Durham, North Carolina), August 18-19, 2010.
    • Co-Chair, International Law Experts Meeting on the African Union Concerns about Article 16 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Institute for Security Studies (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), June 19-21, 2010.
    • Speaker, Conference on The Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant: The World vs. Africa or the African Union vs. the People of Africa?, Africa Legal Aid (The Hague, Netherlands), April 26, 2010.
    • Panelist, Special Court for Sierra Leone: Achieving Justice?, Human Rights Center/Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy (Buffalo, NY), University at Buffalo Law School, "Is the Special Court for Sierra Leone Achieving Justice?", February 17, 2010.
    • Facilitator, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Pennsylvania, U.S.A.), Special Guest Lecture by Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp on "The Role of the United States in International Criminal Justice", January 28, 2010.
    • Guest Speaker, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Canadian Department of Justice (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), “Africa and the International Criminal Court: Collision Course or Cooperation?”, October 15, 2009. 
    • Presenter, Faculty Workshop, Case Western University Reserve School of Law (Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.), “Universal Jurisdiction. Universal Prescription?”, September 24, 2009. 
    • Facilitator, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Pennsylvania, U.S.A.), Special Guest Lecture by the Chief Prosecutor of the Rwanda Tribunal Justice Hassan B. Jallow on “The Contribution of the Rwanda Tribunal to the Development of International Law, and the Challenges of Completion”, September 11, 2009. 
    • Participant, Consultative Conference on International Criminal Justice, United Nations (New York, U.S.A), September 9-10, 2009. 
    • Commentator for Ronald St. John McDonald Young Scholars Award, 38th Annual Conference, Canadian Council on International Law (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), October 15, 2009.
    • Guest Speaker and panelist, Complutense University (El Escorial, Spain), 2009 Human Rights Summer School (Theme: Justicia y derechos humanos: de la frustracion a la esperanza - Justice and Human Rights: from frustration to hope), “An African Union Perspective on Universal Jurisdiction”, July 14, 2009.
    • Facilitator/guest speaker, Institute for Security Studies (Cape Town, South Africa), Workshop of African Civil Society, “The Implications of the AU’s recent decisions on universal jurisdiction and the work of the ICC in Africa”, May 11, 2009.
    • Panelist, Institute for Security Studies (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), International Conference on Sudan: Impact of the ICC Arrest Warrants on Peace and Stability, “The AU, the Security Council and Sudan”, March 17, 2009.
    • Panelist, International Commission of Jurists (Nairobi, Kenya), Workshop on International Criminal Justice: Options for Justice in Kenya, “An Overview of Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Africa”, March 12, 2009.
    • Guest speaker, South African National War College (Pretoria, South Africa), Peace Support Operations Seminar on Complex Emergencies: Security Challenges in the 21st Century – Implications for UN, AU and International Peace Operations, “The Emerging International Criminal Justice Architecture: Prospects and Challenges for Africa and the International Criminal Court”, October 3, 2008.
    • Guest speaker, Grotius Center for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, The Hague Campus (Den Haag, Netherlands), “The Role of the Office of the Principal Defender in the Trial of Former Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor”, November 22, 2007.
    • Panelist, Canadian Council on International Law, 35th Annual Conference, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada), “State Responsibility for Para-Military Groups: The Case of the Civil Defence Forces in Sierra Leone’s Civil War”, October 26, 2006.

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