The Authors

Xavier

Born in France, I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States, from age 8 to age 17. Being an expatriate and therefore having been confronted to a multicultural environment from an early age, I quickly became passionate about international affairs and travelling. After my Baccalauréat (the French high school diploma), I enrolled in law school at Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France. After obtaining a Licence in Public Law and a Master 1 in International Law, as well as a series of certificates in Political Sciences, American Law and European Law, I decided to carry on with an LLM in Public International Law at University of Leicester, in the UK. I specialized during my LLM in Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law. I have also taken a course in Comparative Law, which I see as a sort of hobby, especially when coupled with issues relating to Freedom of Religion.

I am particularly interested in a) legal responses to mass atrocities and b) international counter-terrorism, both themes that I am considering doing an eventual future PhD on. I am currently doing a legal internship at the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and will be monitoring the Lubanga trial for them as soon as it starts up again. It goes without saying that the views expressed on this blog are my own, and do not reflect the CICC’s.

You can follow me on Twitter @xrauscher_. I also manage the blog’s Twitter account @intljurist.

Matthew

Born in England on the little old coastal town of Lowestoft. I am especially interested in rights, liberties and the protection mechanisms of the aforementioned. I have completed a LL.B law degree receiving a first class mark, and I am currently completing a LL.M in Legal Research at the University of Leicester.

I particularly chose this subject to get an insight into the method of law beyond the plain doctrinal or sometimes called the “black letter approach”. Therefore, when I see an article, I try to engage beyond the words alone, and I look in particular for parallels in other jurisdictions and the real affect of that law.

On this blog I will write ad hoc on a number of issues on the general subject of rights violations, and on the rare occasion rights progression. I should also apologize in advance for when I start talking about breaches of the presumption of innocence I can waffle on.

Please feel free to comment on any of my blog entries. I am looking forward to the discussion.

Cate

Born and raised in New York City, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience diverse cultures without ever leaving home. Despite this, I still maintain grand dreams of seeing the world (give me a break – I’m young and still an idealist). I’m in my last year of school at Oberlin College, where I’m double majoring in Politics and Law with a concentration in International Studies. I’m currently an intern at the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York.

Follow me on Twitter @cminall!

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