Azadah Raz Mohammad

  • Azadah Raz Mohammad

    PhD candidate

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Azadah Raz Mohammad is a Ph.D. candidate at the Melbourne Law School. Her doctoral research investigates the case for inclusion of an “international crime of terrorism” in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Her research interests include International Criminal Law (genocide & universal jurisdiction in particular), IHL and human rights.

Azadah holds an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from University of Essex, and a second LL.M. in International Criminal Law as a Fulbright Scholar from Ohio State University.

In September 2021, Azadah co-founded Ham Diley Campaign assisting vulnerable Afghans at the risk of persecution and advocating accountability for victims of atrocity crimes in Afghanistan. She has worked on humanitarian and human rights related projects in close collaboration with Afghanistan’s justice institutions. Besides, she has worked with the Administrative Office of Afghan President and as an adjunct lecturer of law at American University of Afghanistan.

Thesis Title

Terrorism as a Threat to the International Community: The case for including the crime of terrorism under Article 5 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Thesis Summary

Despite the immense threat posed by terrorism there is no internationally accepted definition for the term. The lack of definition consequently poses an impediment to the efforts to criminalise acts of terrorism under international criminal law. This ultimately creates substantial barriers to the inclusion of terrorism in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court for effective prosecution at the international level. My thesis analyses the existing legal framework on suppression of terrorism, assessing the rationale for defining and criminalising terrorism internationally and evaluating the possibilities for including terrorism in the Rome Statute as an independent crime.

Supervisors

  • Human Rights