Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team

Karim A. A. Khan QC is an Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and serves as the Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017) to promote accountability efforts for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by ISIL in Iraq.


Special Adviser Khan is a barrister, Queen’s Counsel and Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. He has more than 25 years of professional experience as an international criminal law and human rights lawyer. He has extensive experience as a prosecutor, victim’s counsel and defense lawyer in domestic and international criminal tribunals, including, but not limited to, the International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He has also represented victims of human rights violations in Africa and Asia.


Special Adviser Khan served as the second President of the ICC Bar Association between June 2017 and June 2018 and also recognized as a worldwide Ambassador of the African Bar Association. He has published a number of leading texts on international criminal law and is the co-author of Archbold ‘International Criminal Courts’, now in its 5th edition. 


The holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honors from King’s College, University of London, Special Adviser Khan also holds various other degrees and qualifications.