Payam Akhavan is Senior Fellow at Massey College, Full Professor at McGill University Faculty of Law, and Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, with prior appointments at Yale, Oxford, Paris, and Florence. He was formerly Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia at The Hague, and also served with the UN in Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Guatemala, and East Timor. He has appeared as counsel in leading cases before the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, including representation of The Gambia in its historic case against Myanmar under the 1948 Genocide Convention, regarding the persecution of the Rohingya minority. He delivered the 2017 CBC Massey Lectures, “In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey”, which became the top non-fiction bestseller in Canada.
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