Professor Kevin Jon Heller

  • Professor Kevin Jon Heller

Principal Fellow
SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom


Kevin Heller is currently Professor of Criminal Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Until 2014, he was Associate Professor and Reader at Melbourne Law School, where he also served as Project Director for International Criminal Law at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law. He holds a PhD in law from Leiden University, a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in literature from Duke University, and an MA and BA in sociology from the New School for Social Research.

His books include The  Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 2011); The  Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials (Oxford University Press, 2013 edited with Gerry Simpson); and The  Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law (Stanford University Press, 2011 edited with Markus Dubber).

On the practical side, Kevin has been involved in the International Criminal Court's negotiations over the crime of aggression, served as Human Rights Watch's external legal adviser on the trial of Saddam Hussein, and served from December 2008 until February 2011 as one of Radovan Karadzic's formally-appointed legal associates. He also consults regularly with a variety of UN organisations.