Asad G. Kiyani

Asad KiyaniLL.B. (Osgoode Hall) 2005, LL.M. (Cambridge) 2008, Ph.D. Candidate (UBC); called to the Bar of Ontario, 2006

Asad Kiyani is an Assistant Professor of Law and an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at Western University. He received his doctorate from the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2016. Asad’s doctoral dissertation, entitled International Crime and the Politics of Criminal Theory, considered the theoretical foundations of international criminal law from the combined perspective of postcolonial theory and criminal law philosophy.  That research was supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) and a Four-Year Fellowship (UBC), and led to the award of the Charles Bourne Scholarship in International Law and the Dean of Law PhD Prize. Asad’s research focuses on critical legal theory, legal pluralism, domestic and transnational criminal law, and the legitimacy of international tribunals. His work appears in the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, and the American Journal of International Law Unbound, amongst others.  

Asad articled with the Department of Justice in Toronto, worked as a Pegasus Scholar with Garden Court Chambers and 2 Bedford Row in the UK, and as part of the sentence and conviction appeal team for Issa Hassan Sesay before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He received his LL.M. (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall.

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“Group-Based Differentiation: The Custom and Curse of Selectivity” (2016) Journal of International Criminal Justice, DOI: 10.1093/jicj/mqw052 [peer-reviewed]

“International Crime and the Politics of Criminal Theory: Voices and Conduct of Exclusion” (2015) 48 NYU Journal of International Law & Politics 129 – 208.

"The Antinomies of Legitimacy: On the (Im)possibility of a Legitimate International Criminal Tribunal" (2014) 7 African Journal of Legal Studies 495 – 526 [peer-reviewed]

"Al-Bashir & the ICC: The Problem of Head of State Immunity" (2013) 12 Chinese Journal of International Law 467 – 508 [peer-reviewed]

Book Chapters

“Legitimacy, Legality, and the Possibility of a Pluralist International Criminal Law” in Nobuo Hayashi & Cecilia M. Bailliet, “Legitimacy and Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals” (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) [forthcoming]

Book Reviews

“Review: Moral Accountability and International Criminal Law: Holding Agents of Atrocity Accountable to the World, Kirsten J Fisher” (2013) 24 Criminal Law Forum 267 – 272 [peer-reviewed]

With Chris Tenove. “Review Essay: Fact-Finding without Facts: The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions, by Nancy A. Combs. Victims’ Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court, by T. Markus Funk. Rethinking International Criminal Law: Restorative Justice and the Rights of Victims in the International Criminal Court, by Godfrey M. Musila.” (2011) 5 International Journal of Transitional Justice 519–529. [peer-reviewed]