Associate Fellow, International Law Programme
Max du Plessis

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Max du Plessis is a barrister in South Africa, honorary research fellow University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban) and a senior research associate at the Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria). 

As a barrister in South Africa (and associate tenant, Doughty Street Chambers, London), Max has an extensive practice in public law, human rights and international law. 

As an international criminal lawyer he has advised states before the ICC and has been working on domestic (complementarity and universal jurisdiction) cases dealing with arrest warrants for senior government officials implicated in international crimes and litigating and advising on them in South Africa and other countries.

He has published extensively on international criminal law topics, and is a frequent panelist at conferences and events around the world.  

Areas of expertise

  • International criminal law – particularly complementarity, universal jurisdiction, and the ICC (with a focus on immunities)
  • Public international law
  • Human rights

Past experience

2002 -Barrister, South Africa
2012 -Associate Tenant, Doughty Street Chambers
2008-17Associate Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal
2010-Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria (International Crimes in Africa Programme)