Nada Ali is a Lecture in Law and a non-practicing member of the English Bar. Prior to her position at UEA Law School, Nada held the post of In-House Legal Advisor of a regional telecommunications company based in Kuwait.

Nada has an LL.B from the University of Leeds and an LL.M from the University of Nottingham. She trained for the Bar at Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). Nada’s legal education and training span a number of divergent areas of law with a particular focus on Public International Law. Nada’s research has been generally inspired by a concern for the impact of international organizations on developing countries. In her doctoral research, she uses the tools of game-theory (a Law and Economics methodology) to gauge the effect of prosecutions by the International Criminal Court on the incentives of political actors to commit international crimes in the context of internal conflicts. With a strong element of inter-disciplinarity in her work, her research is now firmly focused on the study of International Criminal Law and the use of game-theory in legal analysis.

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Ali, N.


Bringing the Guilty to Justice: Can the ICC be Self-Enforcing?,

in Chicago Journal of International Law



article no. 3

pp. 408-452

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

My doctoral research is concerned with gauging the impact of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on prospects of political transformations in post-conflict societies along democratic lines. The focus of this research is on the court’s ability and potential to enforce its own arrest warrants through the utilization of pragmatic law enforcement strategies. Lessons from anti-trust law enforcement and the fight against organized crimes are used to propose mechanism designs capable of enhancing the Court’s enforcement capabilities as well as its relevance and legitimacy. I have a particular interest in the use of asymmetric leniency programs in these contexts as well as the use of plea-bargaining by International Criminal Tribunals.