Professor Ben Saul is Challis Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney, Australia and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He has taught at Harvard, Oxford, The Hague Academy of International Law and Italy, India, Nepal, and Cambodia, and been a visitor at the Max Planck Institute for International Law and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights.
Ben has published 20 books and over 100 refereed articles, including the books Defining Terrorism in International Law (2006), the Oxford Commentary on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2014) (awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law), Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism (2020), Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law (2020), and the Oxford Handbook on International Law in Asia and the Pacific (2019).
Ben has advised United Nations entities, governments, parliaments, militaries, intelligence services, and NGOs; practiced in national and international courts (particularly in security and human rights cases); served on numerous professional bodies; and undertaken missions in over 35 countries. Recent counter-terrorism projects include work with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism. He has a doctorate in law from Oxford and honours degrees in Arts and Law from Sydney. Ben often appears in the international media, including opinion in The New York Times.
Key ICCT Publications:
Saul, B. Cooperation with the Taliban to Counter Terrorism in Afghanistan. Policy Brief, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 31 January 2022.
Saul, B. “Recognition” and the Taliban’s International Legal Status. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 15 December 2021.
This Policy Brief outlines several approaches that can be adopted by U.S. policymakers to address the challenges posed by militia violent extremist groups.