Dr. Artur Appazov employed at iCourts from May 1st, 2014 – University of Copenhagen

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06 May 2014

Dr. Artur Appazov employed at iCourts from May 1st, 2014

iCourts welcomes Dr. Artur Appazov who is now employed as Postdoc for a three months period. Artur holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Copenhagen and an LL.M. degree from the University of Lund, Sweden. At iCourts, Artur will research judicial decision-making in international criminal courts. In particular, Artur will focus on the so called ‘judicial activism’ (rulings based on personal or political considerations rather than on existing law) within the institutional framework of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Despite the ICC’s elaborate statutory instruments - Rome Statute, Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Elements of the Crimes, the judges of the Court have been increasingly proactive in interpreting the statutory framework of the Court in a way that seems to prefer a specific judicial result. Artur examines issues that give rise to this phenomenon in the ICC in light of its complex judicial environment that hurls together different and at times conflicting legal concepts of the civil and common law legal systems. Artur is a researcher with international legal experience, including employment with the Trial Chamber II of the Special Court for Sierra Leone as an Associate Legal Officer in the case of Prosecutor v. Charles Taylor. At various times, Artur also received practical and academic experience from such institutions as International Criminal Court, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and others. His research interests fall within the areas of international criminal law, international and comparative criminal procedure and evidence, international humanitarian law, public international law, and international human rights law.