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Mr Alexander Batesmith Barrister, LLM, MA (Cantab)

Lecturer in Law Law

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    Alex joined Liverpool University’s School of Law and Social Justice as a lecturer in August 2015 after more than twenty years’ practice in national and international criminal law, human rights, rule of law capacity building and transitional justice.

    His first ten years was spent in practice as a barrister in Leeds, specialising in domestic criminal law. He subsequently spent five years as a United Nations prosecutor in Cambodia and Kosovo, working on cases involving war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was the lead UN prosecutor in the investigation and initial phase of the public trial of Duch, the first case at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh.

    Alex has worked as an independent consultant in his fields of expertise, acting as project manager, technical expert, trainer (including trainer of trainers) and evaluator on more than twenty consultancies in over a dozen different countries. He has worked extensively on post-conflict justice development projects for many international organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the International Development Law Organisation, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and GiZ, the German development organisation. He has particular experience of and continues to conduct research on and consultancies in Cambodia and Myanmar.

    Alex also works on business and human rights issues. He researches corporate due diligence mechanisms for companies working in conflict-affected or other high-risk environments, and examines corporate liability for human rights abuses.

    Alex is a practising mediator in both the community and civil/commercial sectors, with a particular interest in developing community engagement strategies involving mediation principles.

    In 2015, Alex was appointed as a Deployable Civilian Expert by the Foreign Office, within the Civilian Stabilisation Group of the Stabilisation Unit.

    Administrative Roles

    • Director of Employability for the School of Law and Social Justice
    • Academic Advisor
    • Pro Bono Management Committee Member
    • External Relations Committee


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