22 October, 2011

Antonio Cassese: 1937-2011

Antonio Cassese
The death has been reported of the Italian jurist Antonio Cassese - see Special Tribunal for the Lebanon .  In recent times, few lawyers have done so much to develop a corpus of international criminal law.   His text - "International Criminal Law" (here) is a masterful analysis of the current state of the law.  See also his text "International Law" - Oxford University Press.

In 1993, Cassese became the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY).  The Tribunal's website states:

Judge Antonio Cassese (Italy)
President of the ICTY from 1993 to 1997
Born: 1937, Atripalda, Italy

Judge Antonio Cassese was the Tribunal’s first President, holding the position between 1993 and 1997. In those uncharted early years he was one of the key persons who won the necessary political and financial support for the Tribunal and turned it from a court on paper to a functioning international judicial institution. After his tenure as President, Judge Cassese
continued to sit as a Tribunal judge until February 2000. He participated in all the landmark judgements and decision rendered by the Appeals Chamber during his time at the ICTY.

Professor of International Law at the University of Florence since 1975, Judge Cassese has published extensively on issues of international human rights and international criminal law. He is the author of International Law and International Criminal Law published by the Oxford University Press, the co-founder and co-editor of the European Journal of International Law, and founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Criminal Justice.

Judge Cassese has been granted Doctorates honoris causa by the Erasmus University at Rotterdam, Paris X University and the University of Geneva, and is a member of the Institut de Droit International. In 2002, he received the Grand Prix awarded by the Académie Universelle des Cultures, presided over by the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, for "exceptional contribution to the protection of human rights in Europe and the world".

He was President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (1989-1993) and Chairman of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights (1987-1988). He has represented the Italian Government on many occasions at UN meetings on human rights and at the Geneva Diplomatic Conference on the Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflicts (1974-77).

In October 2004, Judge Cassese was appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to be the Chairperson for the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, to investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law. The Commission’s findings and recommendations lead to the first referral of a situation by the UN Security Council to the International Criminal Court.

Cassese was also, until 9th October 2011, President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.  He was succeeded at this Tribunal by former New Zealand judge Sir David Baragwanath.

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