Patryk I. Labuda

Photo credit: International Nuremberg Principles Academy 2017

I specialize in international (criminal) law, human rights, and peace and security studies. I have fourteen years of work and research experience in central and north Africa, with a regional focus on the law, politics and history of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and South Sudan. My current focus is on shifts in the global order through the lens of the Russo-Ukraine war and from a historical, post-colonial Global South-East(ern European) perspective. 

In addition to my scholarship (here), my work has featured in the mainstream media (Al Jazeera, Radio France Internationale, TRT World) and various social media (here). 

Je travaille en français et en anglais. Wykładam po polsku. Follow my work on Twitter.


Al Jazeera

Radio France Internationale

Just Security

Justice Info

My first book, International Criminal Tribunals & Domestic Accountability. In the Court's Shadow (OUP 2023), can be ordered at OUP and Amazon

More on the book's arguments at book project and a few blurbs:

'...deftly exposes the paradox of the increasing turn to domestic prosecutions of international crimes, which he argues may empower authoritarian elites... Labuda’s thoughtful book is a must read for anyone interested in the future of international criminal law.' 

Charles C. Jalloh, Distinguished University Professor, Florida International University

'In offering both broad historical context and fine-grained case study illustration, Labuda expands our understanding of complementarity in both theory and practice. Whatever one's opinion about the appropriate relationship between the International Criminal Court and national judiciaries, this book is an eye-opening and essential read.' 

Kim Thuy Seelinger, Research Associate Professor, Brown School, Washington University; Special Adviser on Sexual Violence in Conflict to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

'a timely book...[that] assesses the relocation of the anti-impunity agenda closer to the locus of the crimes at the state level, and interrogates the important role that societal actors have to play in engaging national institutions in pursuing redress and accountability for atrocities. This is a superlative study that needs to be engaged with by analysts, policy-makers and practitioners of international criminal justice.' 

Tim Murithi, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, Professor of African Studies, University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University in South Africa

'Labuda’s work is to law what Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro is to the canvas – Labuda illuminates, places candles in the darkness, and reveals what is obscured. This excellent book offers wise counsel about how international criminal law enforcement can combat the increasingly illiberal swagger of our political times.'

Mark A. Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director, Transnational Law Institute Washington and Lee University

Book launch - Zurich 8 June

Please join me in Zurich, Switzerland to launch my new book on Thursday, 8 June 2023. I'll be joined by Prof. Sabine Gless (Basel) and Prof. Florian Jeßberger (Humboldt University Berlin), in conversation with Prof. Sarah Summers (University of Zurich).

I have book launches planned in the following locations in fall 2023:




The Hague


Details to follow