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Aldo Zammit Borda

Aldo is a Reader in Law at City, University of London. He previously served as Director of the Centre for Access to Justice and Inclusion at Anglia Ruskin University. His research focus lies in the area of International Criminal Justice.

His most recent book on Histories in International Criminal Courts and Tribunals (TMC Asser 2020) engages with the concept of responsible history in international criminal adjudication. The Leiden Journal of International Law (Cambridge) described Aldo’s book as novel, nuanced and persuasive, going beyond theoretical debates to 'persuasively argue that ICTs are currently writing a history that is listened to and that they must do that responsibly' (LJIL vol. 34, 2021). The International Criminal Law Review (BRILL) held that ‘Zammit Borda’s book makes an important and timely contribution to the debate concerning the history-writing function of the ICTs’ (ICLR vol. 21, 2021). The Cambridge International Law Journal (Edward Elgar) stated that 'Borda’s book is a significant contribution for its thorough examination of the various approaches (both expansive and restrictive) to history-writing as well as their concomitant limitations when deployed by ICTs' (CILJ vol. 10, 2021). The Commonwealth Judicial Journal praised the book as a 'comprehensive (and extensively footnoted) monograph' (CJJ vol. 25, 2021). And a review in the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford) stated:

'Zammit Borda builds on previous research, using his excellent knowledge of international criminal law, to develop an understanding of the complex relationship between international criminal justice and history-writing. He is commendably clear in his objectives and his methodology. [...] This thought-provoking book should be read by academics and practitioners alike: it constitutes a very important input to a field of research that has not seen enough contributions.' (JICJ vol. 19, 2021).

Before joining academia, Aldo was First Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta. He also worked as a Legal Editor at the Commonwealth Secretariat. In 2013/14, he was a Research Associate at King’s College London, working on an EU FP7-funded project related to counter-terrorism.

Aldo obtained his PhD from Trinity College Dublin. He holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta and a Master of Economic Science in European Economic and Public Affairs from University College Dublin. His work has been published in the European Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Human Rights Law Review and the Journal of International Criminal Justice, amongst others. He is a Solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising) and an Advocate of the Courts of Malta. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Review Committees of the Newton Prize and the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. In 2019, Aldo was awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Grant. He was previously a Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in International Law, Anglia Ruskin University


  • 2014 
    Trinity College Dublin, PhD