Patryk Labuda
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow
Biography

Patryk I. Labuda received his Ph.D. in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva in February 2018 (summa cum laude avec les félicitations du jury). He is a visiting lecturer at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Patryk’s research lies at the intersection of international law, transitional justice, and peace and security studies. His post-doctoral research will focus on the protection of civilians in United Nations peacekeeping, in particular the relationship between protection obligations in international humanitarian law and international human rights law. His PhD on ‘The Complementarity Turn in International Criminal Justice’ explored how various international criminal tribunals influence(d) the accountability policies of governmental actors in conflict-affected countries. A recipient of the prestigious Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship, Patryk finished his doctorate at Harvard Law School, Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. His teaching interests include international criminal law, public international law, transitional justice and empirical methods.

Patryk has several years of work experience in human rights, security sector reform and transitional justice. Prior to joining the NYU School of Law, he was a legal advisor to the European Union’s border assistance mission in Libya. At the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Patryk trained and advised officials from the Sudanese Ministry of Justice, the Sudanese Bar Union and parliamentarians from South Sudan. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Patryk worked on transitional justice and rule of law reforms with the Ministry of Justice and the Congolese National Police. Patryk is a member of the UN Security Council Roster of Experts.

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