Charles Chernor Jalloh


Charles Chernor Jalloh is a full professor of international and criminal law at Florida International University College of Law and Founding Director of the African Court Research Initiative. Before joining FIU, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he was selected as the Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney Faculty Scholar for 2013-2014. In 2011, he was a Research Fellow in the Institute of International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law, and more recently, taught International Criminal Law in the renowned Oxford George Washington University Summer School in International Human Rights Law as well as in the Nuremberg International Principles Academy.

Professor Jalloh has published widely on international criminal law, including articles in leading scholarly journals and edited books with prestigious academic publishers, on diverse topics ranging from universal jurisdiction to Africa and the ICC, crimes against humanity and the SCSL. His recent publications include: The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (Cambridge, 2014 hardback, 2015 paperback); Shielding Humanity: Essays in International Law in Honour of Judge Abdul G. Koroma, (Brill, 2015, with Femi Elias); Promoting Accountability Under International Law for Gross Violations in Africa: Essays in Honor of Prosecutor Hassan Jallow (Brill, 2015, with Alhagi Marong) and three volumes of the first comprehensive Law Reports of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Brill, 2012, 2014, 2015, with Simon Meisenberg). Professor Jalloh is the Founding editor-in-chief of the refereed African Journal of Legal Studies and the African Journal of International Criminal Justice.

Before academia, Professor Jalloh practiced law in the Canadian Department of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), where he was duty counsel in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and, as a visiting professional, in the International Criminal Court (ICC). In 2015, he served as the first ever Amicus Counsel representing the African Union in proceedings before the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.