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Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Bucerius Fieldwork Grant

Assessing the Impact of International Criminal Tribunals on the Struggle against Impunity at the National Level


The doctoral dissertation focuses on the interplay between international criminal tribunals and domestic judicial reform. It seeks to explore how international jurisdiction impacts the domestic legal systems of post-conflict states. Drawing on several case studies, the dissertation evaluates the extent to which the jurisdiction models of international tribunals have generated reform and allowed states to transition from conflict to peace.

Patryk I. Labuda is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) and a Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Before returning to academia, Patryk worked in Africa for several years, first as a Civilian Justice Expert at the EU Police Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, then in Sudan and South Sudan as a Research Fellow (Africa Projects) for the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (currently the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law). Patryk holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, a Certificate of Transnational Law from the University of Geneva, and degrees in law (five-year Magister iuris) and history (B.A.) from Adam Mickiewicz University.

‘Lieber Code,’ in: Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed) Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2015) (forthcoming)

Book Review: Sarah M. H. Nouwen, ‘Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan,’ Cambridge Studies in Law and Society, 2013, in: __ Journal of International Criminal Justice (2015) (forthcoming)

‘Applying and Misapplying the Rome Statute in the Democratic Republic of Congo,’ in: Christian de Vos, Sara Kendall, Carsten Stahn (eds), Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (2015) (forthcoming)

‘Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement,’ in: Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed) Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2014).

Book Review: Sarah Williams ‘Hybrid and Internationalised Criminal Tribunals. Selected Jurisdictional Issues,’ Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, in: 74 (2) Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (2014) 409-412.

‘The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Failure to Address Impunity for International Crimes. A View from Inside the Legislative Process 2010-2011,’ in: Open Society Justice Initiative (8 November 2011) at: and

‘Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi. An Evaluation of the Proposal to Establish a Mississippi Truth and Reconciliation Commission,’ in: 27 Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice (2011) 1-48.

‘The Problem of Race Discrimination in Housing from a Comparative Perspective. American and French Law,’ in: 15 Columbia Journal of European Law Online (2009) 47-53.

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