SOAS University of London

School of Law

Kevin Jon Heller

JD (Stanford) PhD (Leiden)
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Overview

Kevin Jon Heller
School of Law

Postgraduate Staff Student Consultative Committee - Chair

Name:
Professor Kevin Jon Heller
Email address:
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7898 4720
Building:
Senate House
Office No:
S134
Office Hours:
Friday 11:00 -12:00 & 15:00-16:00

Biography

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.

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Michele Tedeschini, The formation process of human rights custom: a theoretical study (working title)
  • Riccardo Labianco, Supporting a Cause or Fighting Wars with the Lives of Others? Legal Criticisms and Possible Justifications to Arms Transfers and Jus ad Bellum in Civil Wars (Working Title)
  • Sheri A. Labenski, Women and International Criminal Law from the Perspective of Female Perpetrators

Research

Criminal Law, comparative criminal law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, legal theory

Publications

Authored Books

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.

Book Chapters

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.

Articles

Heller, Kevin Jon (2016) 'Radical Complementarity.' Journal of International Criminal Justice, 14 (3). pp. 637-665.

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 (2013) 'The Taylor Sentencing Judgment: A Critical Analysis.' Journal of International Criminal Justice, 11 (4). pp. 835-855.

Heller, Kevin Jon (2013) ''One Hell of a Killing Machine': Signature Strikes and International Law.' Journal of International Criminal Justice, 11 (1). pp. 89-119.

Heller, Kevin Jon (2012) 'The Uncertain Legal Status of the Aggression Understandings.' Journal of International Criminal Justice, 10 (1). pp. 229-248.

Heller, Kevin (2012) 'A sentence-based theory of complementarity.' Harvard International Law Journal, 53 (1). pp. 201-249.

Heller, Kevin (2011) 'On a differential law of war: A response to Blum.' Harvard International Law Journal Online, 52. pp. 237-249.

Heller, Kevin (2011) 'Thel Law of neutrality does not apply to the conflict with Al-Qaeda, and it’s a good thing, too: A response to Chang.' Texas International Law Journal, 47 (1). pp. 115-141.

Heller, Kevin Jon (2008) 'What Happens to the Acquitted?' Leiden Journal of International Law, 21 (03). pp. 663-680.

Heller, Kevin Jon (2008) 'Mistake of Legal Element, the Common Law, and Article 32 of the Rome Statute: A Critical Analysis.' Journal of International Criminal Justice, 6 (3). pp. 419-445.

Heller, Kevin (2008) 'The Cognitive Psychology of Mens Rea.' Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, 99 (2). pp. 317-379.

Heller, Kevin Jon (2007) 'Retreat from Nuremberg: The Leadership Requirement in the Crime of Aggression.' European Journal of International Law, 18 (3). pp. 477-497.

Heller, Kevin and Lawrence, Jessica (2007) 'The limits of article 8(2)(b)(iv) of the Rome Statute, the first ecocentric environmental war crime.' Georgetown Journal of International Environmental Law, 20. pp. 61-97.

Heller, Kevin (2007) 'Prosecutor v. Karemera et al. (ICTR-98-44-I).' American Journal of International Law, 101 (1). pp. 157-163.

Heller, Kevin (2007) 'A poisoned chalice: substantive and procedural defects of the Iraqi High Tribunal.' Case-Western Reserve Journal of International Law, 39 (1). pp. 261-302.

Heller, Kevin (2006) 'The rhetoric of necessity (or, Sanford Levinson’s pinteresque conversation).' Georgia Law Review, 40. pp. 779-806.

Heller, Kevin Jon (2006) 'The Shadow Side of Complementarity: The Effect of Article 17 of the Rome Statute on National Due Process.' Criminal Law Forum, 17 (3-4). pp. 255-280.

Heller, Kevin (2006) 'The cognitive psychology of circumstantial evidence.' Michigan Law Review, 105. pp. 241-306.

Heller, Kevin (1998) 'Beyond the reasonable man? A sympathetic but critical assessment of the use of subjective standards of reasonableness in self-defense and provocation cases.' American Journal of Criminal Law, 26. pp. 111-142.

Heller, Kevin (1996) 'Whatever Happened to Proof beyond a Reasonable Doubt? Of Drug Conspiracies, Overt Acts, and United States v. Shabani.' Stanford Law Review, 49 (1). pp. 111-142.

Heller, Kevin (1996) 'Power, Subjectification, and Resistance in Foucault.' SubStance, 79. pp. 78-110.

Heller, Kevin (1991) 'Rereading Theodor Adorno’s Philosophy of History.' Praxis International, 11. pp. 354-376.

Monographs

Heller, Kevin and Dehn, John (2011) Targeted Killing: The Case of Anwar al-Aulaqi. University of Pennsylvania Law Review Vol. 159.

Book Reviews

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 (2010) 'Review of: The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice, by Antonio Cassese. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.' The American Journal of International Law, 104 (1). pp. 154-160.

Heller, Kevin (2008) 'Deconstructing International Criminal Law.' Michigan Law Review, 106 (6). pp. 975-999.

Other

Heller, Kevin Jon and Gasgoine, Catherine E. (2015) 'Nuremberg Trials.' In: Oxford Bibliographies [online]. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Heller, Kevin (2007) 'The Situation in Darfur.' ASIL Insight, 11 (7).

Scharf, Michael and McNeal, Gregory, S. and Heller, Kevin (2006) 'Essays on the various aspects of the trial.' In: Saddam on trial : Understanding and debating the Iraqi High Tribunal. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Heller, Kevin (2006) 'Articles on: “Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,” “Conspiracy,” “Extradition,” “Cultural Defence,” and “Exemplars.”.' In: Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

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