Salim Nakhjavani

Cel: 060-617-8109 Tel: 011-263-8900


From 2011 to 2015, Salim served as a United Nations prosecutor in the criminal proceedings against the senior Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia, where he participated in investigations, a multi-year trial and complex appeals. Between 2002 and 2003, as part of the team that established the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, he was responsible for the drafting of the first Code of Conduct for international prosecutors and helped to develop the suite of legal tools known today as the Case Matrix and Legal Tools Database.


In the intervening periods, he has held academic posts in the two leading public universities in South Africa, where he taught and published in the areas of legal ethics, legal writing, constitutional law, public international law and international criminal law. He holds qualifications in three legal systems and has advised on justice and rule of law efforts in Indonesia, Timor Leste, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Uganda. Salim graduated magna cum laude in law at McGill University (Canada) and went on to the University of Cambridge (UK), where he won the Whewell Scholarship in International Law in 2002.


He serves on the editorial boards of the Constitutional Court Review and the Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law. He is fluent in French, with working experience in the civil law, francophone systems. He has particular interests in legal information design.

Published Articles:

“Neither complementary nor complimentary: National Commissioner of the South African Police Service v Southern African Litigation Centre and Another” VII Constitutional Court Review (2017).


“The origins and development of the Code of Conduct” in M. Bergsmo et al, eds. Historical Origins of International Criminal Law, vol. 5 (Brussels: Torkahl Opsahl Academic ePublisher, 2017), 951-1006.


“Constitutional coherence and the legal status of the Bahá’í community of Iran”, FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 70 (2016).


“Violations of social and economic rights and international crimes” in S. Jodoin and M. C. Cordonier-Segger, eds. Sustainable Development, International Criminal Law and Treaty Implementation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 100-119.


“Section 61 (Extraterritoriality)” in D. Smythe, B. Pithey and L. Artz, eds., Sexual Offences Commentary [commentary on the Criminal Law Amendment Act 32 of 2007 (Sexual Offences and Related Matters)] (Cape Town: Juta, 2011), pp. 24.1‐24.7.


“The Rough Edges of the Delicate Mosaic: Complexity Theory and the Early Practice of the International Criminal Court” in A. Smeulers, ed., Collective Violence and International Criminal Justice – An Interdisciplinary Approach (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2010), pp 233‐252.


“South Africa” in H. Michelmann, ed., Dialogues on Foreign Relations in Federal Countries (Montreal: McGill‐Queens UP, 2009), pp 212‐239 (with Christina Murray).


“International Crimes” in M. Du Plessis, ed., African Guide to International Criminal Justice (Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies, 2008), pp 55‐97.


“Sustainable Development Compliance‐Building” in M. C. Cordonier Segger & A. Khalfan, eds, Sustainable Development Law: Principles, Practices and Prospects, 2nd ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2004), pp 244‐271.

Salim Nakhjavani

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