Payam Akhavan, LLB (Osgoode), LLM SJD (Harvard), OOnt FRSC, is Senior Fellow at Massey College, Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and Special Advisor on Genocide to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.  He was previously Full Professor at McGill University Faculty of Law (2005-20) and Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at European University Institute, with other appointments at Yale Law School, Oxford University, Université Paris Nanterre, Sciences Po École de Droit, and Leiden University.  He has published extensively on international criminal law and in 2017 he delivered the CBC Massey Lectures.  Professor Akhavan was the first Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (1994-2000) and also served with the UN in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Timor Leste.  He has served as counsel in notable cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Global Affairs of Canada on the Flight PS752 tragedy, is Senior Fellow and Canadian Co-Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and Co-Founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre.  He is recipient of the 2021 Human Rights Award of the Law Society of Ontario and his human rights work has been featured in the New York Times, BBC HARDtalk, CBC Ideas, Maclean's, and other media.

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