Staff profile

Professor Gerhard Kemp


Professor of International and Transnational Criminal Justice, FRSA

Gerhard standing and smiling in front of a bookcase

Subject

Law

College

College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department

Derby Law School

Research centre

Better Society

ORCiD ID

0000-0001-6723-3624

Campus

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Email

G.Kemp2@derby.ac.uk

About

I studied law at the Universities of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and Antwerp (Belgium). I joined Derby Law School in February 2020 as a Professor of Law, specialising in international and transnational criminal justice, international humanitarian law, comparative criminal law, and post-conflict studies. I currently serve on the board of directors and executive committee of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town and is a member of the advisory council of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, Whitney R Harris World Law Institute, Washington University (St Louis) in the United States. In April 2020 I was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, London. 

I was previously an Erasmus Mundus visiting scholar at the Institute for Global Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland and a senior research fellow at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlin. I am a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Germany and was appointed a fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa. 

I am active in the broader academic community as regional editor of the Criminal Law Forum (Springer Press). I also serve on the editorial advisory boards of the African Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (Juta), the South African Journal of Criminal Justice (Juta), the Zeitschrift für Internationales Strafrechtsdogmatik (ZIS), and The Journal of Criminal Law (SAGE). 

Teaching responsibilities

I am teaching mostly at the postgraduate level in the Law School, with responsibility for the following modules and programmes:

Professional interests

I am admitted as an advocate of the high court in South Africa and serve on the board of directors of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, a Cape Town based think tank. 

Research interests

I am a research active legal academic with a broad interest in international, transnational, and comparative criminal justice. I am also part of interdisciplinary research projects, involving law, political science, history, and international relations.  

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

International experience

Additional interests and activities

I have a great interest in history, geography, food, culture and love to travel, when time and opportunity allow. 

In the media

Recent publications

Books

Chapters in books

Articles

The Union Flag and The Stars And Stripes flags.

Professor Gerhard Kemp of the University of Derby examines the legal and diplomatic issues at the heart of the high profile case involving a member of the Royal Family.

Books

K Bachmann, G Kemp & I Ristić (eds) International Criminal Tribunals as Actors of Domestic Change – The Impact on Institutional Reform Vol I (2019) Peter Lang. Berlin (ISBN 978-3-631-77093-1)

K Bachmann, G Kemp & I Ristić (eds) International Criminal Tribunals as Actors of Domestic Change – The Impact on Institutional Reform Vol II (2019) Peter Lang. Berlin (ISBN 978-3-631-77089-4)

K Bachmann, G Kemp & I Ristić (eds) International Criminal Tribunals as Actors of Domestic Change – The Impact on Media Coverage Vol I (2019) Peter Lang. Berlin (ISBN 978-3-631-77051-1)

K Bachmann, G Kemp & I Ristić (eds) International Criminal Tribunals as Actors of Domestic Change – The Impact on Media Coverage Vol II (2019) Peter Lang. Berlin (ISBN 978-3631-77055-9)

G Kemp, S Walker, R Palmer, D Baqwa, C Gevers, B Leslie, A Steynberg Criminal Law in South Africa 3rd edn (2018) Oxford University Press. Cape Town (ISBN 978-0-19-0723620)

G Kemp Individual Criminal Liability for the International Crime of Aggression 2nd edn (2016) Intersentia. Antwerp/Cambridge (ISBN 978-1-78068-350-8)

Chapters in books

G Kemp “Appeal against sentence”, in Klip, A & Freeland, S (eds) Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals Vol 63 (2021) Intersentia: Cambridge (ISBN 978 1 83970 110 8)

G Kemp “The right to legal assistance” in Joubert, JJ (ed) Criminal Procedure Handbook 13th (2020) Juta: Cape Town (ISBN 978 1 48513 389 6)

G Kemp “The accused: his or her presence as a party” in Joubert, JJ (ed) Criminal Procedure Handbook 13th (2020) Juta: Cape Town (ISBN 978 1 48513 389 6)

G Kemp “The exercise of powers and the vindication of individual rights” in Joubert, JJ (ed) Criminal Procedure Handbook 13th (2020) Juta: Cape Town (ISBN 978 1 48513 389 6)

G Kemp “The ICC and institutional reform in Kenya” in Bachmann, K, Kemp, G & Ristić, I (eds) International Criminal Tribunals as Actors of Domestic Change – The Impact on Institutional Reform Vol II (2019) Peter Lang: Berlin (ISBN 978-3-631-77089-4)

G Kemp “Immunity of high-ranking officials before the ICC – between international law and political reality” in Werle, G & Zimmermann, A (eds) The International Criminal Court in Turbulent Times (2019) TMC Asser Press: The Hague (ISBN 978-94-6265-302-3) (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6265-303-0_5)

G Kemp “South Africa” in Reed, A & Bohlander, M (eds) Homicide in Criminal Law: A research companion (2018) Routledge: London & New York (ISBN 97811-384-984-19)

G Kemp “The conflict in Ukrainian Donbas: International, regional and comparative perspectives on the jus ad bellum options” (with I. Lyubashenko) in Sayapin, S & Tsybulenko, E (eds) The Use of Force against Ukraine and International Law (2018) Asser Press/Springer: The Hague/Berlin (ISBN 978-94-6265-221-7)

G Kemp “The crime of unconstitutional change of government” (with S. Kinyunyu) in Werle, G & Vormbaum, M (eds) The African Criminal Court – A commentary on the Malabo Protocol (2017) Asser Press/Springer:  The Hague/Berlin (ISBN 978-94-6265-149-4)

G Kemp “South Africa” in Reed, A & Bohlander, M (eds) Consent – Domestic and Comparative Perspectives (2017) Routledge: London & New York (ISBN 978-1-472-46995-3)

G Kemp “Sword and shield: The human rights imperative informing the international criminal justice project – A South African perspective” in Dewulf, S (ed) Liber Amicorum Chris van den Wyngaert (2017) Maklu: Antwerp (ISBN 978-9-04660-889-0)

Articles

K Bachmann & G Kemp, “Was quashing the Maji-Maji Uprising genocide? An evaluation of Germany’s conduct through the lens of International Criminal Law” (2021) 2 Holocaust and Genocide Studies 235-249 (doi: 10.1093/hgs/dcab032) https://academic.oup.com/hgs/article/35/2/235/6330489

G Kemp, “Like Dust before the Wind, or, the Winds of Change? The Influence of International Criminal Tribunals on Narratives and Media Frames” (2019) 2 International Journal of Transitional Justice 368-386 (with K Bachmann et al) (doi: 10.1093/ijtj/ijz005)

G Kemp, “Recent cases: International criminal law” 31 (2018) 1 South African Journal of Criminal Justice 155-171

G Kemp, “Perspectives on South Africa’s unfinished business of dealing with past atrocities, and considering present priorities” 2018 (4) Diritto Penale Contemporaneo 264-272. 

G Kemp, “South Africa’s (possible) withdrawal from the ICC and the future of the criminalization and prosecution of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide under domestic law:  A submission informed by historical, normative and policy considerations” 16 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 411 (2017) Vol 16 (3) 411-438.