Kevin Jon Heller is currently Associate Professor & Reader at Melbourne Law School, where he teaches international criminal law and criminal law. He also serves as Project Director for International Criminal Law at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, a joint project of Melbourne Law School and the Australian Defence Force. He holds a PhD in law from Leiden University, a JD with distinction from Stanford Law School, an MA with honours in literature from Duke University, and an MA and BA, both with honours, in sociology from the New School for Social Research.
Kevin’s academic writing has appeared in a variety of journals, including the European Journal of International Law, the American Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, Criminal Law Forum, and the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. His book The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law was published by Oxford University Press in June 2011; Stanford University Press published his edited book (with Markus Dubber) The Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law in February 2011; and he is currently writing a book entitled A Geneology of International Criminal Law, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He is a permanent member of the international-law blog Opinio Juris.
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 advisor 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 regularly conducts training in IHL on behalf of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection, a Brussels-based NGO, in association with the Harvard Program on Conflict Research.