In his lecture Shehzad Charania (UK Attorney General’s Office) will discuss the interaction between States and the ICC. In particular, he will consider the role of the Assembly of States Parties and its legal and governance responsibilities, including the panel recently established to review the Court’s performance; as well as the political realities vis a vis the ICC with which States are contending.
Shehzad Charania MBE is Director of the UK Attorney General’s Office, and International Law Adviser to the Prime Minister. Between 2013-16, he was Head of International Law at the British Embassy, The Hague, responsible for the implementation of the UK’s international justice policy, and Deputy Agent to the International Court of Justice. As part of his work on the ICC, he was the Focal Point for the Assembly of States Parties’ Study Group on Governance, responsible for the efficiency and effectiveness of trial proceedings. He co-authored a recent article in the International Criminal Justice Review, entitled “Expediting the ICC Criminal Process: Striking the Right Balance between the ICC and States Parties (ICLR, 2018, Volume 18, Issue 3). Shehzad joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an Assistant Legal Adviser in 2009, prior to which he was a litigator for the UK Government on counter-terrorism cases. Shehzad began his career as a tax lawyer in the City of London. He has an LLM in Public International Law and an MSc in International Relations.