B Arts (Highest Hons)(ASU), LLM (Highest Hons) (Leiden University), Juris Doctorate (Boston University)
- Senior Lecturer
Shahram researches and writes on international law, criminal law, human rights, and international criminal justice. His expertise includes the normative foundations of general principles of criminal law in international law, the sentencing jurisprudence of international tribunals, the crime of genocide, and role of an international prosecutor.
Shahram’s scholarly interests focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the extent international order in delivering prosperity, security, and justice for humanity. His current research also explores the law and politics of international criminal justice mechanisms in protecting human rights and shaping world order and international law.
Prior to joining Griffith Law School, Shahram worked as a United Nations Associate Legal Officer, as a criminal trial lawyer, and as an academic in Europe and the United States. A frequent lecturer at conferences around the globe, Shahram was selected by The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise to train judges, prosecutors, and government officials on crimes against humanity, international criminal law, human rights, and the International Criminal Court. The Governor of Illinois (USA) appointed Shahram as a Commissioner to the Illinois Torture and Relief Commission, the first of its kind in the United States, to investigated allegations of torture by the Chicago police.
In 2013, the International Law Initiative and the African Center for Legal Excellence invited Shahram as a key speaker and facilitator in their Advanced Program on International Criminal Law, which provides advanced legal training for lawyers from various African countries. In 2012-2013, at the invitation of the Vietnamese government, Shahram lead a delegation of US law students on a human rights field study to Vietnam. It was the first time the Vietnamese government had invited an American delegation to engage in human rights discourse. Two weeks after this historic visit, the Vietnamese government opened its doors to Amnesty International for the first time since the Vietnam War.
In recognition of this leadership in human rights, Shahram was elected by his peers to serve as the co-chair of the American Society of International Law's International Criminal Law (ICL) interest group. In that capacity, he initiated the ICL Research and Scholarship Forum. The workshop supports the research and continuing education of ASIL members. Shahram has presented his scholarship at forums serving academics and practitioners, including presentations at Yale, UCLA, and NYU. He has been twice selected by his peers in a double blind review process to present his scholarship at the American Society of International Law Annual Research Forum.
Shahram has lived in four different continents, travelled to more than 55 countries, and worked as an attorney in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is finishing his first book: The Theory, Doctrine, and Practice of Sentencing at International Criminal Courts.
- International Criminal Justice & Transitional Justice
- Human Rights
- International Law
- International Relations Theory
- International Criminal Law
- Criminal Law & Procedure
- Public International Law
- Human Rights
- European Criminal Law
- International Co-operation in Criminal Matters
- Laws of Armed Conflict
- Foundations of the European Union
- The Theory, Doctrine, and Practice of Sentencing at International Criminal Courts (forthcoming).
- ‘Concluding Remarks: Globalization, Values, and World Order’ in M.Cherif Bassiouni (ed.), Globalization and Its Impact on the Future of Human Rights and International Criminal Justice (Intersentia 2015) pp. 675-710 (with contributions from Michelle Martin and Christina Abraham).
- ‘Genocide, Reconciliation & Sentencing’ in Ralph Henham & Paul Kim (eds.), The Criminal Law of Genocide 259 (2007).
- ‘A Turning Point in International Criminal Prosecutions’ in Andre Klip & Goran Sluiter (eds.), 11 Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals 962 (2007).
- ‘The Law of Contempt before the UN ICTR’ in Andre Klip & Goran Sluiter (eds.), 10 Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals, 278 (2006).
- ‘Reflections on the ICC Sentencing Provisions and the Rights of the Accused’ in Ander Klip et al. (eds.), KriTies. Liber Amicorum et Amicarum voor Prof. E. Prakken 349 (2004).
- 'Enabler Responsibility: An Original Theory and Sentencing Framework for Punishing Perpetrators of Atrocity Crimes' (forthcoming).
- 'The Sentencing Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone', 42 Georgia J. Int’l & Comp. L. 615 (2014).
- 'The Limits of Judicial Idealism: Should the International Criminal Court Engage with Consequentialist Aspirations?' 3 Penn State J. Int'l Affairs 30 (2014). [84 pages]
- 'Law, Justice & Politics: A Reckoning of the International Criminal Court', 43 John Marshall Law Review xxiii (2010).
- 'Beyond Retroactivity to Realizing Justice: The Principle of Legality in International Criminal Law Sentencing', 99 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 857 (2009).
- 'Revisiting the Blaškić Sentence: Some Reflections on the Sentencing Jurisprudence of the ICTY', 4 International Criminal Law Review 321 (2004).
- Criminal Law in the European Union, 8.3 Netherlands School of Human Rights Research Newsletter (2004).