DR. LEENA GROVER
I am a Canadian lawyer and Associate Professor of International Law at Tilburg Law School. My interest in laws that promote peace extends to the following fields of research: transitional justice, comparative constitutional law, international criminal law, international human rights, public international law and the law of international peace and security. As the recipient of two Swiss National Science Foundation research fellowships, I am currently completing my Habilitation (a post-doctoral degree) on post-conflict constitutions and peace (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). I am also the author of Interpreting Crimes in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Prior to this, I combined my academic work with more than a decade of legal practice, including at the International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, UN Human Rights Committee, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Federal Court of Canada, an international commercial law firm and various organisations doing pro bono legal work. As legal adviser to the chief negotiators on the crime of aggression from 2007 to 2010, I assisted with drafting the definition of this crime for the Rome Statute.
'The ICC and the Crime of Aggression - Keystone or Final Straw?' Panel Discussion with Harold Koh and Leena Grover
'Foundational Principles of Transitional Justice', Annual Meeting of the Editorial Board, Nordic Journal of International Law
'The Changing Face of Transitional Justice', Grotius Dialogue, Leiden University
MY LATEST RESEARCH
As several African States threaten to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and States Parties brace for the Court's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression to be activated, it seems an opportune time to take stock of the Court's interpretive reasoning to date. Is it marked by coherence or chaos and what implications might this have for the Court's perceived legitimacy going forward?
What do post-conflict constitutions do and how have their functions evolved over time? Is their enactment followed by greater peace and democracy writ large? How can hypotheses about performance be qualitatively and quantitatively tested and what lessons can we learn about the negotiation, drafting and performance of these instruments?