Professor William Schabas KC


  • Professor of human rights law, National University of Ireland, Galway, and Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights (since 2000); also visiting professor at University of Middlesex, London; visiting professor at Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; honorary professor at Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
  • Books include: The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law, 3rd ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002; The UN International Criminal Tribunals: the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006; Introduction to the International Criminal Court, 3rd. ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007; Genocide in International Law, 2nd ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009; The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. Translations of these books have been published in German, Turkish, Chinese, Nepali, Persian, Albanian and Japanese.
  • Author of more than 275 academic journal articles
  • Member, Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2002-2004)
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights (2009-2010).
  • President, International Association of Genocide Studies (2009-2011); Chair, Institute for International Criminal Investigation (2000-••••); President, Irish Branch, International Law Association (2008-••••).
  • Officer of the Order of Canada; Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy; honorary doctorates. from: Dalhousie University, Halifax; Case Western Reserve University Faculty of Law, Cleveland; Vespasian V. Pella Medal for International Criminal Justice, Association internationale de droit pénal.
  • Editor in Chief, Criminal Law Forum; Editor in Chief, Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law.


  • Degree courses: North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Toronto, 1968 (‘senior matriculation’); B.A., history, University of Toronto, 1972 (‘honours history’); M.A., history (international relations), University of Toronto, 1973 (thesis: ‘Anglo-Soviet relations, 1917-1934’); LL.B., University of Montréal, 1983; LL.M., University of Montréal, 1990 (thesis: ‘Use of international human rights law before the Canadian courts’); LL.D., University of Montréal, 1992 (thesis: ‘The abolition of the death penalty in international law’).
  • Other courses, etc.: Bar admission school, Québec Bar, 1984; Course in International Humanitarian Law given by the Canadian Red Cross Society, Ottawa, August, 1991; Course in International Humanitarian Law given by the Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva, July, 1993; Internship at the European Commission of Human Rights, Strasbourg, June-July, 1994; Workshop on International Organization Studies, given by the Academic Council on the United Nations System and the American Society of International Law, Providence, Rhode Island, July, 1994.

Prizes, awards, scholarships, honours

  • Reuben Wells Leonard University Admission Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1968
  • Ontario University Admission Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1968 Ontario Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto, 1972

Other activities, hobbies

  • Hiking, Gardening, Stamp Collecting, ‘cello.
  • Long distance running (Marathon of Montréal, 1980-1986)
  • Swimming (First place, Stony Lake Memorial 1-Mile Swim, grandfather category, 5 August 2007; 3 August 2008)
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