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Mr Christopher Carl Gevers

 Mr Christopher Carl Gevers Telephone +27 31 260 2555
Campus  Howard College
Building & Room  HC Building – Suite G, 1st Floor 
Mr Christopher Carl Gevers

Mr Christopher Gevers teaches international law, international criminal law, Foundations of Law and the Politics of Law at the School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); a Master of Science (MSc) specialising in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is currently a PhD Candidate at Melbourne Law School. His research focuses broadly on critical approaches to international law, legal history and legal theory.

Appointment Designation:

Academic Qualifications:
LLB (UKZN), MSc (London School of Economics and Political Science), PhD Candidate (Melbourne Law School).

Research Interests:
International Law, international legal theory, African history, critical race theory, postcolonial theory and ‘Law and Literature’.

Recent Publications:

  • ‘Back to the future? Civil society, the ‘turn to complementarity’ in Africa and some critical concerns’, Acta Juridica (2016).
  • Civil society, ‘positive complementarity’ and the ‘Torture Docket case’ (with M du Plessis), Acta Juridica (2016).
  • ‘Introduction to International Law (Book Review)’, 132 (3) South African Law Journal (2015).
  • ‘Defining Epochs’ (with H Strydom), ‘Statehood and Recognition’ (with H Strydom), ‘Jurisdiction of States’ (with P Vrancken) and ‘International Criminal Law’ in Strydom (ed), International Law, Oxford University Press – South Africa (2015).
  • ‘International Criminal Law in South Africa’ in de Wet, Hestermeyer & Wolfrum (eds) The reception of international law in South Africa, Pretoria University Law Press (2015).
  • ‘International criminal law and individualism: an African perspective’ in Schwobel (ed) Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law: An Introduction, Routledge (2014).
  • ‘The Limitation of Rights’, in de Vos & Freeman (eds), Constitutional Law of South Africa in Context, Oxford University Press – South Africa (2014).
  •  ‘Derogations and the Extraterritorial Application of Rights’ (with M du Plessis), Halsbury’s Laws of England: Rights and Freedoms (2013).
  • South African Litigation Centre and Another v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Another’, 130(2) South African Law Journal (2013).
  • ‘Sixty Years in the Making, Better late than never?: The Implementation of the Geneva Conventions Act’ (with A Wallis & M du Plessis), African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (2013).
  • ‘Israeli Expert Opinion on Settlements’ (with M du Plessis), African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (2013).
  • ‘Introduction to International Criminal Law’, ‘Substantive International Criminal Law: the core crimes’, and ‘The prosecution of crimes under international law before domestic courts and the International Criminal Court’ in Kemp (ed), Criminal Law of South Africa, Oxford University Press – South Africa (2012).
  • ‘Immunity and the Implementing Legislation of South Africa, Kenya and Uganda’, in Ambos & Maunganidze (eds.), Power and Prosecution: Challenges and Opportunities for International Criminal Justice in Sub- Saharan Africa, Gottingen University Press (2012).
  • ‘Another stormy year for the International Criminal Court and its work in Africa’ (with M du Plessis), 35 South African Yearbook of International Law (2011).
  • ‘Commentary: Prosecutor v Blagojevic et al.’ (with M du Plessis), in Klip & Sluiter (eds) Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals (Vol. XXVI) (2010).
  • ‘Africa and the Codification of Aggression: A Pyrrhic Victory?’, 2 African Legal Aid Quarterly (2010).
  • ‘Making Amend(ment)s: South Africa and the International Criminal Court from 2009 to 2010’ (with M du Plessis), 34 South African Yearbook of International Law (2010).
  • ‘Commentary: Prosecutor v Jokic’ (with M du Plessis), in Klip & Sluiter (eds) Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals (Vol. XIX) (2010).
  • Into the Deep End: The International Criminal Court and Sudan’ (with M du Plessis), African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (2007).
  • ‘Darfur Goes to the International Criminal Court’ (with M du Plessis), 14(2) African Security Review (2005).