Sam Sasan Shoamanesh is the Head of the Counsel Assistance Unit of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He is currently at Stanford on academic leave from the ICC. On behalf of the Court, he, inter alia, initiated and co-organized the first regional diplomatic conference on the ICC in the Middle East, in cooperation with the League of Arab States and the State of Qatar. His experience in international law has been buttressed at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Shoamanesh has held several international consultancies. He currently acts as a consultant to the Center for Human Rights of the American Bar Association. He has published widely on human rights, international law and international affairs, with particular focus on the Middle East. He is the co-founder and managing editor of Global Brief, Canada’s leading international affairs magazine. His research interests include regional integration, conflict resolution, promotion of the rule of law and human rights. As a Stanford Law School fellow in international legal studies, he is focusing his interdisciplinary research on regional security in the Middle East.