Max Du Plessis


Max du Plessis is an advocate in South Africa specializing in international criminal law; and associate tenant Doughty Street chambers, London. He is also a senior research associate at the Institute for Security Studies in the programme on International Crime in Africa

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The ICC’s immunity debate – the need for finality

In a judgment given last month, on 6 July, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) confronted the vexed legal question of immunities for heads of state who are alleged to have committed international crimes. It did so in a case involving South Africa’s failure to arrest President Bashir of Sudan when he…

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A case of negative regional complementarity? Giving the African Court of Justice and Human Rights Jurisdiction over International Crimes

Max du Plessis, Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict.  He is an Associate Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban; Senior Research Associate, International Crime in Africa Programme, Institute for Security Studies; and a Barrister, South Africa. At their latest African Union (AU) Assembly meeting, held in July, African…

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