Payam Akhavan

Board of Advisory member

Payam Akhavan LLM, SJD (Harvard) is Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and a former UN war crimes prosecutor at The Hague. His prior academic appointments include Yale Law School, Oxford University, University of Paris, and the European University Institute in Florence. He has published extensively on international law and human rights in leading scholarly journals, including “Beyond Impunity” in the American Journal of International Law (2001) selected by selected by the International Library of Law and Legal Theory as one of “the most significant published journal essays in contemporary legal studies.” His books include the bestselling In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey, comprising the 2017 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Massey Lectures, and Reducing Genocide to Law: Definition, Meaning, and The Ultimate Crime, published by Cambridge University Press (2012).

He has worked with the UN in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Timor Leste, and served as counsel in leading cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Supreme Courts of Canada and the United States. His human rights career has been featured in the New York Times, BBC HardTalk, CBC Ideas, TV Ontario, Toronto Star, Maclean’s magazine, and the Montreal Gazette. He is co-producer of Genos.Cide: The Great Challenge, and has featured in documentary films including The Green Wave, Those Who Said No, and Iranian Revolutionary Justice. In 2005, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Mona’s life and ultimate sacrifice changed my life. My support of Mona Foundation is my way of realizing her bequest to all of us to serve humanity and stand for social justice and freedom.

Payam Akhavan