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Invited speakers

Gus Waschefort (University of Essex)

Gus Waschefort is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Essex. Prior to joining the University of Essex, he held academic appointments at the University of Pretoria, as lecturer, and the University of South Africa, as Associate Professor. Between 2011 and 2013 Gus was appointed as legal advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Gus has also been a visiting researcher to the International Law Centre of the Swedish National Defence University, as well as the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice, at New York University. Guss primary research interests relate to contemporary challenges in the context of armed conflict in Africa, including working towards enhancing the level of participation from within Africa in the global discourse on the Law of Armed Conflict.

Renate Winter (former President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child)

Justice Renate Winter is the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee of the Rights of the Child. Justice Winter was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2002. She served as its Acting President from March to May 2004 and in May 2008, she was elected President. In 1981, Judge Winter became a judge at the Vienna Youth Court, where she undertook projects to help rehabilitate youths with problems of drug addiction and mental disability. Justice Winter served as an international judge of the Supreme Court of Kosovo, as part of the United Nations interim civilian administration. She is the former President of the International Association of Youth and Family Court Judge and she was working with UNODC on terrorist matters concerning children.

Martha M. Bradley (University of Pretoria)

Dr Bradley holds LLB, LLM (International Air, Space and Telecommunication Law) and LLD degrees from the University of Pretoria.  The title of her doctoral thesis is: An analysis of the notions of “organised armed groups” and “intensity” in the law of non-international armed conflict. Also, she has an LLM degree in Shipping Law from the University of Cape Town. Dr Bradley’s general areas of specialization lie in public international law and international humanitarian law. After completing her doctorate in 2018, Dr Bradley increasingly focused her research on conflict classification and the law of non-international armed conflict. Her interests lie in the area of the practice of organised armed groups in Africa and in analysing the complexity that challenges classification as a result of the fragmentation of organised armed groups, low intensity armed conflict, as well as cross-border armed conflicts. She has published on the doctrine of command responsibility.

Tamás Hoffmann (Hungarian Academy of Sciences/Corvinus University Budapest)

Dr. Tamás Hoffmann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Legal Studies and an Associate Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest. He researches different fields of general international law mainly focusing on international humanitarian law, international criminal law and customary international law.

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