LLB (Durham), BCL (Oxford), PhD (Cambridge)
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Hannah Woolaver is a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the Public Law Department of the University of Cape Town. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to coming to UCT, Hannah was awarded an LLB (First Class) at the University of Durham, BCL (Distinction) at the University of Oxford, and PhD at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis examined the principles of equality of States and non-intervention in relation to failed, rogue, and undemocratic States in international law. She teaches public international law and international criminal law at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and also supervises postgraduate research in these areas. Hannah is the Managing Editor of the African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law (AYIHL).
Please contact Hannah if you are interested in pursuing LLM or PhD research in public international law, or publishing in the AYIHL.
Courses taught: International Law (LLB); International Criminal Law and Africa (LLB); International Criminal Law (LLM)
Research interests: public international law generally; international criminal law; the use of force; the relationship between international and domestic law.
Socially responsive work: member of the UCT Law Advice Programme, available to provide advice to the Legal Resources Centre and Women’s Legal Centre on international law issues.
Selected publications and presentations:
Woolaver, H., Williams, S., and E. Palmer, The Amicus Curiae in International Criminal Law (Hart, forthcoming 2018)
Woolaver, H., and S. Williams (eds.), Civil Society and International Criminal Justice in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (Juta, 2016).
- Refereed Journal Articles:
Woolaver, H., ‘Partners in Complementarity: The Role of Civil Society in the Investigation and Prosecution of International Crimes in South Africa’ in Woolaver, H., and S. Williams (eds.), Civil Society and International Criminal Justice in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (Juta, 2016).
Woolaver, H., ‘Judicial Enforcement of International Decisions against Foreign States in South Africa: The Case of Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe v Louis Karel Fick and others’ 6 Constitutional Court Review (2015) 217.
Woolaver, H., ‘Pro-Democratic Intervention in Africa and the ‘Arab Spring’’ 22 African Journal of International and Comparative Law (2014) 161.
Woolaver, H. ‘Prosecuting International Crimes in South Africa’ 131(2) South African Law Journal (2014) 253.
Woolaver, H., ‘State Failure, Sovereign Equality and Non-Intervention: Assessing Claimed Rights to Intervene in Failed States’ 32 Wisconsin International Law Journal (2014) 595.
Woolaver, H. ‘The Immunity of Defence Team Members at the ICTR: Lessons from the Jurisprudence of the ICTR, ICTY and the ICC’ African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law (2013) 134.
Williams, S. J. & H Woolaver, ‘The Role of the Amicus Curiae before International Criminal Tribunals’, 6(2) International Criminal Law Review (2006) 151.
- Book Reviews:
Woolaver, H., Book Review of Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan by Sarah Nouwen, 132 South African Law Journal (2015) 186.
Woolaver, H., Book Review of Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement: Premises of a Pluralist International Legal Order by Brad Roth, British Yearbook of International Law (2012).
- Invited Talks:
‘Terrorism, State Failure, and the Use of Force’, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor (2017)
‘Civil Society and International Criminal Justice in South Africa’ at ‘Shaping the Law: Civil Society Influence at International Criminal Courts’ Doughty Street Chambers, Chatham House International Law Programme (2016)
‘Prosecuting International Crimes in South Africa: The Southern Africa Litigation Centre Case, Universal Jurisdiction, and Civil Society’, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales (2015)
- Papers Presented at Conferences:
'The Influence of Amicus Curiae Interventions in International Criminal Proceedings', 25th Annual Society of Legal Scholars – British Institute of International and Comparative Law Conference on Theory and International Law (2016)
‘Strangulation or Support? The Independence of the International Criminal Court and the Assembly of States Parties’ (with Emma Palmer), Australia – New Zealand Society of International Law Annual Conference, Australian National University, Canberra (2016)
‘Principles of Engagement of South African Courts with International Law’ International Law Association Study Group on Principles on the Engagement of Domestic Courts with International Law, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law (2015)
‘Partners in Complementarity: The Role of Civil Society in the Prosecution of International Crimes in South Africa’, Conference on Civil Society and International Criminal Justice in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (2015)
‘The Influence of International Law on the Constitutional Jurisprudence of South Africa’, International Conference on Twenty Years of South African Constitutionalism, New York Law School (2014)
‘State Failure, Sovereign Equality and Non-Intervention: Assessing Claimed Rights to Intervene in Failed States’, Creation of International Law: Exploring the International Law Components of Peace, Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium, University of Wisconsin Law School (2014)
‘The Immunity of Defence Team Members at the ICTR: Lessons from Theoneste Bagosora et al v The Prosecutor’, International Conference on the Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, University of Johannesburg (2013)
‘Failed States and the Principle of Equality of States in International Law: Equality and Non-Intervention’, European Society of International Law Biennial Conference on ‘Regionalism and International Law’, University of Valencia (2012)
‘The Effect of State Failure on the Equality of States in International Law’, International Law Association, British Branch Spring Conference, University of Sheffield (2011)