A Farewell Note from Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni

by Julian Ku

As most of our readers know, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, a leading figure in the creation of the field of international criminal law, passed away yesterday at the age of 79. Professor Bassiouni had a large email list of friends and acquaintances, and his email account sent out one last posthumous message last night. We are posting it here for those of you who did not receive it. Please feel free to leave any notes and comments below on your memories of Professor Bassiouni or how his work affected you. 


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  1. Response…I first came to know professor Bassiouni when I was doing my masters degree in Nottingham University in 1995. At that time I read almost all of his books on international criminal law, extradition and international criminal law. I was so excited to meet him in person in the Rome conference on the establishment of the ICC and subsequently in NYC at the UN. I also worked with him in the Arab league. Then when he headed the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry I got a full chance to learn from him and work closely with this unique and amazing personality. I kept in direct communication with him for about 6 years. I have always wondered how he became such a great scholar . The answer is found in his last message above. No body can reach that amount of knowledge without a believe that unites him with the whole universe and its creator. The more strong this bond with the creator and unity with His creation is the more knowledge man can get. Humanity and knowledge are universal. RIP professor Bassiouni , I have still loads of things to learn from you……

  2. “At the twilight a moon appeared in the sky.
    Then it landed on Earth to look at me.
    Like a hawk stealing a bird at the time of prey,
    That moon stole me, then rushed back into the sky.

    I looked at myself.
    I did not see me anymore,
    For in that moon my body turned as fine as soul.
    The Nine Spheres disappeared in that moon.
    The ship of my existence drowned in that sea.”


    “To find the Beloved
    Become the Beloved.”


    “And thoughts of him I love.”


    “Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
    Missing me one place search another.
    I stop somewhere waiting for you.”


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