Bassioumi and the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry

November 23, 2011

Bahrain Professor M. Sharif Bassiouni  who heads the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) is one of the foremost authorities on international criminal, human rights and humanitarian law. He obtained an LL.B. from the University of Cairo, a doctorate in jurisprudence from Indiana University, an LL.M. from John Marshall Law School and a doctorate in judicial science from George Washington University.

Until 2009, Professor Bassiouni was a Distinguished Research Professor at De Paul University College of Law — an institution where he spent 35 years. Professor Bassiouni is well published, having authored a number of works including some of the leading textbooks in International Criminal Law. During his career, Professor Bassiouni has also held a number of United Nations positions. This notably included the position of Chair for the Drafting Committee at the Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court. He also served as the Chair for the Drafting Committee on the 1985 United Nations Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Powers.

Prof Bassiouni has also worked on several commissions of inquiry. Most recently, he chaired the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Libya (2011). He was also involved in commissions investigating the human rights situation in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2006, and violations of international humanitarian law in the former Yugoslavia in 1993.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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