Harvard Law School Professor Intisar Rabb was named as one of 17 special advisers to the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A.A. Khan. The faculty director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School, Rabb was appointed as a special adviser on Islamic Law.
Other appointments, who are drawn from different regions of the world, and bring expertise and experiences from different legal systems and specializations, also include HLS alum Payam Akhavan LL.M. '90 S.J.D. '01, a professor of international law and senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, who was appointed a special adviser on genocide.
Other advisers focus on topics including public international law, crimes against children, gender persecution, sexual violence and slavery.
"I am delighted to welcome such an outstanding group of experts and I am grateful for their willingness to serve as my special advisers," said Khan, who was elected chief prosecutor of the ICC, in February 2021. "I have no doubt that with their enormous experience and hugely impressive credentials, they will significantly contribute to the work of the office and the cause of international criminal justice."
Khan has created several new special advisers posts for the first time, including portfolios focusing on the Crime of Aggression; the Darfur, Sudan Situation; Gender Persecution; Genocide; International Criminal Law Discourse; Islamic Law; Knowledge Transfer; Slavery Crimes; and Public International Law. He has further appointed Special Advisers Without Portfolio.
Rabb, a professor of law and history, centers her research on methods of interpretation in Islamic, American, and comparative law. At Harvard, Rabb launched SHARIAsource – an online portal combining historical Arabic texts and data science tools to facilitate research and new insights on Islamic law, with the help of AI and machine learning. She is editor-in-chief of the Islamic Law Blog, the Journal of Islamic Law, and the Harvard Book Series in Islamic Law (published with Harvard University Press).