Professor Kevin Jon Heller
JD (Stanford) PhD (Leiden)
Chair of Postgraduate Staff Student Consultative Committee
- Professor Kevin Jon Heller
- Email address:
- +44 (0)20 7898 4720
- SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
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- Office Hours:
- Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
Kevin Jon Heller is currently Professor of Criminal Law. Until 2014, he was Associate Professor & Reader at Melbourne Law School, where he also served as Project Director for International Criminal Law at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, a joint project of Melbourne Law School and the Australian Defence Force. He holds a PhD in law from Leiden University, a JD with distinction from Stanford Law School, an MA with honours in literature from Duke University, and an MA and BA in sociology, both with honours, from the New School for Social Research.
Kevin’s academic writing has appeared in a variety of journals, including the European Journal of International Law, the American Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Criminal Law Forum, and the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. His books include The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 2011); The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials (Oxford University Press, 2013) (edited with Gerry Simpson); and The Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law (Stanford University Press, 2011) (edited with Markus Dubber). He is currently writing a book entitled A Geneology of International Criminal Law, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. For the past eight years, Kevin has also been a permanent member of the international-law blog Opinio Juris.
On the practical side, Kevin has been involved in the International Criminal Court’s negotiations over the crime of aggression, served as Human Rights Watch’s external legal advisor on the trial of Saddam Hussein, and served from December 2008 until February 2011 as one of Radovan Karadzic's formally-appointed legal associates. He consults regularly with a variety of UN organisations (such as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan — UNAMA) and human rights groups (such as Gisha and Human Rights First) and is a core trainer for Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection, a Brussels-based NGO that conducts IHL trainings in various locations around the world.
PhD Students supervised
- Sheri A. Labenski, Women and International Criminal Law from the Perspective of Female Perpetrators
Criminal Law, comparative criminal law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, legal theory
Heller, Kevin John (2017) A genealogy of international criminal law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)
Heller, Kevin Jon (2013) The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law (Paperback Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Heller, Kevin Jon and Ohlin, Jens and Nouwen, Sarah and Megret, Fred and Robinson, Darryl, eds. (2017) The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)
Heller, Kevin Jon and Dubber, Markus, eds. (2010) The Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Heller, Kevin Jon and Kaufman, Eleanor, eds. (1998) Deleuze & Guattari: New Mappings in Politics, Philosophy, and Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Heller, Kevin Jon and Simpson, Gerry, eds. The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Heller, Kevin Jon (2016) 'The Use and Abuse of Analogy in IHL.' In: Theoretical Boundaries of Armed Conflict and Human Rights. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Forthcoming)
Heller, Kevin Jon (2016) 'The International Commission of Inquiry on Libya: A Critical Analysis.' In: Meierhenrich, Jens, (ed.), International Commissions: the Role of Commissions of Inquiry in the Investigation of International Crimes. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)
Heller, Kevin Jon (2015) 'A Stick to Hit the Accused with’: The Legal Recharacterization of Facts Under Regulation 55.' In: Carsten, Stahn, (ed.), The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Heller, Kevin Jon (2015) 'The Nature of International Crimes.' In: D'Aspremont, Jean and Sing, Sahib, (eds.), Fundamental Concepts for International Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. (Forthcoming)
Heller, Kevin Jon (2014) 'International Prosecutors.' In: Romano, Cesare and Alter, Karen and Shany, Yuval, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Handbooks in Law)
Heller, Kevin Jon (2013) 'Complementarity.' In: Schabas, William et al., (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 335-356.
Heller, Kevin Jon (2012) 'Completion.' In: Reydams, Luc and Wouters, Jan and Ryngaert, Cedric, (eds.), The International Prosecutor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Heller, Kevin Jon (2010) 'Situational Gravity Under the Rome Statute.' In: Stahn, Carsten and Van Den Herik , Larissa, (eds.), Future Directions in Criminal Justice. TMC Asser Press.
Heller, Kevin Jon (2010) 'The Rome Statute in Comparative Perspective.' In: The Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp. 593-634.
Heller, Kevin Jon (2016) 'Undermining the Principle of Complementarity: The Early Jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court.' Journal of International Criminal Justice, 14 . (Forthcoming)
Heller, Kevin Jon (2015) 'Disguising a Military Object as a Civilian Object: Prohibited Perfidy or Permissible Ruse of War?' International Law Studies, 91 . pp. 517-539.
Heller, Kevin Jon (2014) 'Review of - Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics by David Bosco. Oxford: Oxford University Press.' H-Diplo Roundtable Reviews, XVI (12). pp. 5-9.
Heller, Kevin Jon (2012) 'Review of: Forging a convention for crimes against humanity edited by Leila Nadya Sadat. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.' Human Rights Quarterly, 34 (3).
Heller, Kevin Jon and Gasgoine, Catherine E. (2015) 'Nuremberg Trials.' In: Oxford Bibliographies [online]. Oxford: Oxford University Press.