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Professor Max du Plessis (associate tenant at Doughty Street) is a barrister in South Africa; senior research associate at the International Crime in Africa Programme at the Institute for Security Studies, and Associate Professor of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
He has an extensive practice in international, international criminal law and international human rights. He has appeared in leading cases on international law and human rights in South Africa's Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal (including cases on diplomatic protection, the death penalty, the duty under international law to combat corruption, and extradition and non-refoulement). He has appeared before the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights and the SADC Tribunal, and has acted as adviser to Governments and NGOs on questions of international and international criminal law.
Max has represented NGOs in South Africa and the United Kingdom in utilising South Africa's Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act in pursuing cases against individuals accused of international crimes in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Gaza and Madagascar. He has written widely in the field of international criminal law.