Prof. Ben Saul
Ben Saul is Challis Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney, the Whitlam and Fraser Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University in 2017-18, a barrister, and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House. Ben has published 13 books and 90 refereed articles. Significant books include Defining Terrorism in International Law (2006), Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism (2014), 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), and Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights (2016). Ben practises in international tribunals (including the ICTY, IACtHR, STL and ECCC) and was lead counsel in five successful security cases against Australia before the UN Human Rights Committee (FKAG (2013), MMM (2013), Leghaei (2015), Hicks (2016) and FJ (2016). Ben has advised United Nations and international bodies (including UNODC, UNHCR, UNESCO and OHCHR), governments, and NGOs, and delivered technical assistance in developing countries. He drafted the professional training curriculum on terrorism and international law for UNODC. Ben has served on various international and national bodies, and taught law and undertaken field missions in numerous countries. He often appears in the media. He has a doctorate from Oxford and honours degrees in Arts and Law from Sydney.
Recent cases of attacks by released terrorist prisoners highlight issues around the risk of re-offending posed by former terrorist prisoners. What are the appropriate processes and systems for managing and risk assessing such individuals, and to what extent is rehabilitation possible in the context of terrorist offending? This Policy Brief will explore these and related […]
On May 19th, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that they were commencing terrorist proceedings related to a February 24 stabbing attack at a massage parlour in Toronto. In doing so, they claimed that this attack—in which an unnamed 17-year-old male killed a woman and injured one other individual—was inspired by what they call ‘Ideologically Motivated Violent […]
In 2013, four young British men from West London travelled to Syria to join ISIS. Dubbed ‘The Beatles’ by their hostages, and subsequently the global media, this British ISIS cell allegedly became responsible for at least twenty-seven beheadings of Western hostages. Six years have since gone by and despite their capture the remaining two members […]