By: Fizza Batool

The Harris Institute is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Seeking Accountability for the Unlawful Use of Force, edited by Professor Leila Nadya Sadat (Cambridge University Press, May 2018).  The book evaluates historic and modern-day examples of the use of force and the crime of aggression. With the recent activation of the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression during the 16th Session of the Assembly of States Parties, it is both timely and relevant.


The book is a result of a two-day meeting held on September 11-12, 2015 by the Harris Institute, in conjunction with the Planethood Foundation on the Illegal Use of Force: Reconceptualizing the Laws of War at Washington University School of Law.



Participants attending the Illegal Use of Force: Reconceptualizing the Laws of War conference at Washington University School of Law, September 2015.


The book is dedicated to two pioneers of international criminal justice: Benjamin B. Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials and the late Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, a human rights champion and father of modern international law. Professor Bassiouni passed away in 2017, just as this volume was being finalized, and will be terribly missed by all those who knew him for his courage, his great heart, and his brilliant mind.