Joakim Dungel, an alumnus of Gothenburg University (Jur kand. '04) and New York University (LL.M. '07), was killed on 1 April 2011 in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, where he was working as a human rights legal officer for the United Nations.
In Joakim's brief existence, he blazed the trails of international justice, working for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
Joakim was also a prolific author and published scholarly works on a wide range of issues, including command responsibility, the protection of national security interests, the right to humanitarian assistance during internal armed conflicts, and crimes against humanity.
For the purpose of honouring Joakim's life and work, Joakim's family and friends have, together with Gothenburg University, instituted the annual Joakim Dungel Lectures in International Justice, at which leading scholars and practitioners in the field of international human rights, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law will present lectures that seek to advance the bounds of our knowledge in order to bring justice to those in dire need.