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Legal Adviser, Presidency of the International Criminal Court
Hirad Abtahi has twenty years of experience in international criminal justice. Since 2004, he has headed the Legal and Enforcement Unit of the Presidency of the International Criminal Court. Previously, he served the Milosevic trial chamber at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and worked for the International Commission of Jurists.
Hirad Abtahi has widely lectured, including at The Hague Academy of International Law, and published, including two volumes on the Genocide Convention’s travaux préparatoires. He serves on the Boards of the International Criminal Law Review and the Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law. He is a member of the Société Française pour le droit international and the European Society of International Law. Holding a Diplôme d'études approfondies in international law, Hirad Abtahi has been educated in Iran, France, Canada and England.