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Ms Susan Lamb



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 68994


Susan Lamb is a Senior Lecturer within Deakin Law School. She is originally from New Zealand, where she is admitted to legal practice. She is a Rhodes Scholar and undertook doctoral studies on the coercive powers of the UN Security Council at Balliol College, Oxford, in the 1990s.

Susan is an international criminal lawyer with significant experience within various United Nations international and hybrid international criminal justice mechanisms, in their investigative, prosecutorial, judicial, and policy/ institutional dimensions.  She has held a number of senior roles with various United Nations international criminal tribunals, including as Senior Legal Officer to the Chambers of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) (2009 2013), Chef de Cabinet of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2005-6) and Senior Legal Officer to ICTR Trial Chamber I (2005 2008), and various roles with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (1997-2005).  Between 2011 and 2016, she was engaged in civil society efforts to further the goals of accountability for atrocity crimes committed in the course of the Syrian conflict (2015 2016). Prior to her Deakin appointment, she was a Professor and Vice-Dean at the Jindal Global Law School, near New Delhi, India (2013-2014). She has also given presentations or taught short courses at a variety of other universities, including the Universities of Oxford, Harvard, Otago, Leiden, Santa Clara, Ottawa, and the University of West Virginia School of Law.


'Reconciliation v. Accountability: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia', FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 34 (2015)

'Access to Justice before International Criminal Tribunals: An Evaluation of the Scheme of Victim Participation Adopted by the the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)' in Patrick Keyzer, Vesselin Popovski and Charles Sampford (eds), Access to International Justice (Routledge, 2015), 128-147.

'Prosecutor v. Tadic', Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Rudiger Wolfrum (ed.), (linked under Lamb, Susan) (Oxford University Press, 2009).

'Pious Hope or Realist Instrument? Ethical Challenges from the Pursuit of International Criminal Justice' in David B. MacDonald et. al., The Ethics of Foreign Policy (Ashgate, 2007), 221-.-- 234.

“Nullem crimen, nulla poena sine lege in international criminal law” in A. Cassese et al. (eds.), The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: a commentary (Oxford University Press, 2002), Vol I, 733-66.

'Illegal Arrest and the Jurisdiction of the ICTY' in Richard May et al. (eds.), Essays on ICTY Procedure and Evidence: In Honour of Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, (Kluwer, 2001), 27-.--43.

'The Powers of Arrest of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia,' 70 British Yearbook of International Law 1999 165-244.

'Legal Limits to United Nations Security Council Powers,' in G. Goodwin-.--Gill and S. Talmon, The Reality of International Law: Essays in Honour of Ian Brownlie, (Oxford University Press, 1999), 361-388.

'The U.N. Protection Force in Yugoslavia,' in R.Thakur and C. Thayer, A Crisis of Expectations: U.N.Peacekeeping in the 1990s, (Harper Collins/Westview: 1996), 65-84.

'The Ethics of Surrogacy: A Framework for Legal Analysis,' 31(4) Family and Conciliation Courts Review (October 1993), 401-424.

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Career highlights

Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), 2009-2013

Chef de Cabinet and Senior Legal Officer, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), 2005-2008

Appeals Counsel/Legal Adviser (international law), Office of the Prosecutor, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), 2000-2005

Research interests

Susan researches and writes in the areas of the coercive (Chapter VII) powers of the United Nations Security Council, as well as on the legal and institutional dimensions of international criminal justice. Her present work focusses on various operational challenges to international(ized) courts and tribunals, and the broader question of how societies heal and transform following atrocity crimes.

Teaching interests

International criminal law
International humanitarian law
Law of Armed Conflict
Transitional Justice


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Access to justice before international criminal tribunals: an evaluation of the scheme of victim participation adopted by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)

S Lamb

(2015), Access to international justice, Abingdon, Eng., B1-1


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