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Prof Mohamed Badar


Department: Northumbria Law School

Prof Mohamed Elewa Badar joined Northumbria School of Law as a Reader in comparative and international criminal law in July 2013. 

He previously held a position as a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Brunel Law School, London (2007-2013). He has also taught and acted as a convenor of International Law & Islamic Law module at Durham Law School (2011-2013).

Prof Badar served as Senior Prosecutor and Judge in Egypt from 1997-2006. He is currently a Senior Expert for Euromed Justice IV, a project funded by the European Commission for enhancing Euro-Mediterranean mutual legal assistance on the investigation and prosecution of complex judicial cases i.e. terrorism, money laundering and cybercrime. He also served as a senior Police investigator in Egypt (1991-1997). He was a member (investigator) of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report on allegations of human rights violations during the civil unrest in Bahrain in February/March 2011.

He had the opportunity to work as an expert for the United Nations Interregional Crimes and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). 

Prof Badar holds a PhD in comparative and international criminal law from the National University of Ireland, Galway, a first class honours LL.M. degree in international human rights from the same university, a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and a Bachelor of Police Sciences from the Police College, Police Academy, Cairo, and a Diploma in international legal relations from Ain Shams University, Cairo.

Prof Badar is the author of The Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law (Oxford: Hart, 2013) and has published 22 articles in refereed journals as well as 13 chapters in prominent books, such as the Commentary on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. His work was cited and quoted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court, the United Nations Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the United Nations International Law Commission, the Supreme Court of Argentina, the Supreme Court of Israel and by distinguished scholars.

Prof Badar is Member of the Editorial Board and Reviewer for the International Criminal Law Review, the International Human Rights Law Review and the Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He is an Honorary Fellow at Durham Law School and Brunel Law School. He has acted as a PhD external examiner seven times at Durham, Sussex, Strathclyde and Copenhagen Universities.

Prof Badar is the founder and director of the Northumbria Annual Summer Academy on Contemporary Challenges to International Criminal Justice and the co-ordinator of the Annual Study Visit to the international courts and tribunals at the HagueClick here to view my Blog

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Key Publications

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  • The Disqualification of Judge Frederik Harhoff, Badar, M., Florijančič, P. 2020, Integrity in International Justice, Brussels, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublishers
  • The Prosecutor v. Vojislav Šešelj: A symptom of the fragmented international criminalisation of hate and fear propaganda, Badar, M., Florijančič, P. 18 Mar 2020, In: International Criminal Law Review
  • Assessing Incitement to Hatred as a Crime Against Humanity of Persecution, Badar, M., Florijančič, P. 26 Sep 2019, In: International Journal of Human Rights
  • The cognitive and linguistic implications of ISIS propaganda, Badar, M., Florijančič, P. 17 Oct 2019, Propaganda and International Criminal Law, Abingdon, Routledge
  • The Islamic Law of Rebellion and its Potential to Complement Public International Law on the Use of Force, Badar, M., Sabuj, M. 1 Dec 2019, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Is There a Place for Islámic Law within the Applicable Law of the International Criminal Court?, Badar, M. 2018, Islam and International Criminal Law, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublishers
  • The origins and evolution of Islamic law of rebellion, Badar, M., Al-Dawoody, A., Higgins, N. 10 Dec 2018, International Law and Islam, Brill
  • Discussion Interrupted: The Destruction and Protection of Cultural Property under International Law and Islamic Law - the Case of Prosecutor v. Al Mahdi, Badar, M., Higgins, N. 14 Jun 2017, In: International Criminal Law Review
  • Modern Extremist Groups and the Division of the World: A Critique from Islamic Perspective, Badar, M., Nagata, M. 23 Nov 2017, In: Arab Law Quarterly
  • The Destruction of Cultural Property in Timbuktu, Higgins, N., Badar, M. 1 Dec 2017, In: Europa Ethnica

PGR Supervision

  • Christopher Morris Contemporary Religious Conflicts and the Law of Armed Conflict: An Analysis of the Challenges Posed by ISIS and Other “Unconventional Armed Groups” Start: 01/10/2016
  • Birju Kotecha The International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor and Reconciliation Start: 01/07/2013
  • Md Sabuj The Legitimacy and Compatibility of Use of Force (Jus ad Bellum) in Public International Law and Islamic International Law Start: 01/12/2014


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