Sam Sasan Shoamanesh is the co-founder of Global Brief and Vice-President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions. Â An attorney specialized in international law, he is the Senior Special Assistant to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Â Previously he served the ICC in different capacities, including as heads of the Counsel Assistance Unit and the Legal Aid Unit of the Court. Â He 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 and has published widely on human rights, international law and international affairs, with particular focus on the Middle East. He holds degrees in political science from York University (Toronto), an LL.B. (Common Law) and LL.L. (Civil Law) from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.) from Stanford Law School. As a fellow in international legal studies at Stanford University, he conducted a comprehensive interdisciplinary study focussed on the establishment of a region-wide security framework in the Middle East. Shoamanesh is a past editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law; past senior editor and board member of the Ottawa Law Review; a member of the International Bar Association and the American Society of International Law (ASIL); and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has had extensive training in international law, diplomacy, as well as general and international negotiations at, among others, the UN in Vienna, Harvard Law School, University of Oxford, the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, Ăcole Nationale dâAdministration (Paris) and The Hague Academy of International Law. Shoamanesh is an inaugural member of the Council of Advisers to the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression. He is the recipient of the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship awarded by the American Society of International Law, and the 2012 lâOrdre du mĂ©rite awarded by the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa; the Facultyâs highest distinction, recognizing alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the legal profession and society in general.