Aldo Zammit Borda

About/Bio

Dr Aldo Zammit Borda is Research Convenor and Director of the Centre for Access to Justice and Inclusion at Anglia Ruskin University. His current research interests include access to justice for vulnerable minorities (such as the Yazidis) and the emergence of histories in international criminal adjudication. He obtained his PhD from Trinity College Dublin and completed a postdoc at King’s College London. Prior to joining academia, Aldo was a First Secretary with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta. In this role, he served as national expert to the European Union Council Working Groups on Public International Law (COJUR), the sub–group on the International Criminal Court (COJUR–ICC) and External Aspects of Counter–Terrorism (COTER). He subsequently joined the Law Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in Marlborough House, London, responsible for legal dissemination and access to justice projects. In this role, he collaborated with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on a project relating to the implementation of International Humanitarian Law in Commonwealth countries, and with the Supreme Court of Canada on a project relating to strengthening the registry function in final/appellate, regional and international courts and tribunals. Aldo published extensively in the European Journal of International Law, the Human Rights Law Review, the Leiden Journal of International Law, and the Cambridge Journal of International & Comparative Law amongst others. Between 2009 and 2012, he was one of the first persons to be appointed Fellows of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Recently Published

The Situation in Afghanistan, US Sanctions and the Historical Narratives Emerging from the ICC

On 11 June 2020, the US announced a series of economic and travel sanctions against any officials of the ICC involved in an investigation into whether US forces committed war crimes related to the Afghan conflict (see here). The ICC Appeals Chamber had previously authorised the ICC Prosecutor to commence such an investigation (see…

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The Precedent Set by the US Reprisal Against the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

In his recent post on the United States’ missile strike against a Syrian airbase, on 6 April 2017, Marko Milanovic focused primarily on the unlawfulness of that action (here). While I agree with that view, in this post, I wish to focus on the nature of the precedent which the US reprisal has set. Moreover, I argue…

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Comparative Law and the Ad Hoc Tribunals: A Reply to Jaye Ellis’ Rejoinder

In her rejoinder to my post, Jaye Ellis underscores that “comparative law could help international judges understand general principles as an opportunity to learn from municipal legal systems, rather…

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