Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni

M. Cherif Bassiouni is Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University where he taught from 1964 – 2012. He was a founding member, and later President and President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute. In 1972 he was one of the founders of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Siracusa, Italy, where he served as Dean until 1989 and then as President. He also served as the Secretary General and President of the International Association of Penal Law (1974-2004). Prof. Bassiouni has been appointed to numerous UN positions, including Chair of the UN Security Council Commission to investigate war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, Chair of the UN Libya Commission, and UN Independent Expert on human rights in Afghanistan. He has received numerous distinctions and awards including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize (1999), and 9 honorary degrees from prestigious institutions.