Travel and Learning Award for Anna Marie Brennan

Supporting Anna Marie Brennan to travel to Holland to spend six weeks’ conducting research at the TMC Asser Institute for International Law and The Peace Palace Library.

Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Award

Anna Marie’s plan

Anna Marie will use the Borrin Travel and Learning Award to conduct substantial research on the potential development of an accountability mechanism at the international level to prosecute non-state armed groups as collective entities for international crimes. The accountability of non-state armed groups as a collective entity has been largely neglected by legal scholars, who have often focused on the accountability of individual members of these groups. Additionally, criminologists and penologists analyse the application of ICL to members of state armed forces and non-state armed groups but ignore the potential accountability of collective entities for international crimes. My research will engage with officials from international criminal courts and tribunals, diplomats, non-governmental organisations and international law scholars to ensure that the project and its findings are accessible to the legal community. I will convene a panel on attempts made during the Nuremberg trials to delineate culpable criminal conduct in an organizational context. This virtual panel will be accessible not only to lawyers and academics in New Zealand and overseas but also to the wider community. Building on this momentum, I will also work with local organizations, community groups and schools in New Zealand to explore collaborative teaching and dissemination possibilities, such as an Introductory International Criminal Law e-Learning Course.

About Anna Marie

Dr Anna Marie Brennan is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Waikato. In 2023, she served as the Acting Dean of Te Piringa Faculty of Law. Previously, she was a lecturer in law at the University of Liverpool and University College Cork. Anna Marie researches in the areas of international criminal law, international humanitarian law and outer space law. Her first monograph, Transnational Terrorist Groups and International Criminal Law was published by Routledge in 2019. Her second monograph, Contemporary Challenges in Outer Space Law, will be published by Routledge in 2024. In her current research, she is particularly interested in the limits of international criminal law to bring non-state armed groups to justice for international crimes. She also has a keen interest in the scope and application of human rights law to outer space activities. Previously, Anna Marie has held visiting positions at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Switzerland), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014), the International Criminal Court (2014), TMC Asser Institute for International Law (2013), Harvard Law School (2012-2013), the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (2019) and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (2011, 2012 and 2020).

Grant Amount

$10,000 in 2023 to support travel

“As an early career researcher this grant will provide a timely and significant opportunity to develop momentum by growing my domestic and international research presence and networks, and forming the basis for a range of further high-quality publications.”

– Anna Marie Brennan