Miracle Chinwenmeri Uche

Postgraduate Research Student
Essex Law School
 Miracle Chinwenmeri Uche


Ask me about
  • International Criminal Law
  • Victims in nternational criminal justice process
  • Public international law
  • Criminal law of England and Wales
  • Refugees' Integration
  • Creating and implementing humanitarian projects
  • Law of the European Union


Ms. Miracle Chinwenmeri Uche is a Doctoral candidate at the School of Law, University of Essex and the co-founder and board chairperson of Stichting Unity in Diversity in The Netherlands and Nigeria. Her doctoral research aims at answering the question as to whether a new approach to the interpretation and application of the principle of complementarity can more effectively aid the ICC in delivering victim-oriented justice to victims of international crimes. With her thesis, Miracle hopes to propose a more effective approach to the complementarity framework of the ICC which promotes victim-oriented justice at the ICC and across States Parties to the Rome Statute. Before commencing her Program at the University of Essex, Miracle worked on refugees and communities integration in The Netherlands. She has also pioneered several humanitarian projects in Europe and Nigeria. Between 2015 and 2017, She worked with the Prosecution Division and the legal representatives for victims at the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon respectively. Miracle holds an LLB from Girne American University Cyprus, an LLM from Leiden University in The Netherlands, a Diploma and a certificate in international human rights studies from Abo Akademi University, Finland and Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania, respectively. Since joining the University of Essex, Miracle worked with the Team teaching Law of the European Union undergraduate Module, and has also independently taught Criminal Law of England and Wales to undergraduate students at the University of Essex International College. She currently lectures criminal law of England and Wales, and Law of the European Union at the Institute of Law, Jersey. Miracle particularly enjoys teaching and coaching students, organizing and implementing different kinds of projects, events, and competitions. Publications: October 2021 The International Criminal Court and the transformation of post-war justice in Northern Uganda Tonny Raymond Kirabira, Miracle Chinwenmeri Uche Past Conference Presentations: 30/04/2021 Victim-oriented Amendment of the International Criminal Courts Complementarity Legal Framework: A Means to Fostering Victim-oriented Justice Presented at the Essex, Cambridge, LSE 2021 Doctoral Triangle. 25/03/2019 Complementarity and Victims Justice at the ICC: Beyond the Rhetoric? Presented at China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China. 17/06/2019 To Be, Or Not to be: That Is the Quandary of Victims Before the International Criminal Court Presented at The 3rd Postgraduate Conference on International law (University of Liverpool) United Kingdom. 28/11/2019 The International Criminal Court and Alternative Jurisdictions: An Analysis of Capacity vis a vis a victim-centered reparations. presented at the SAIFAC Conference: International Law and Justice for Victims of the Gross Human Rights Violation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Johannesburg, South Africa.


  • LLB (Laws) Girne American University (2014)

  • LLM (Public International Law) Leiden University (2016)

  • Diploma in International Human Rights Law Abo Akademi University (2017)

Research and professional activities


The Reinterpretation of the Principle of Complementarity: in the Interest of Justice for Victims

My thesis explores the conception and the legal framework of the principle of complementarity which was key to the establishment of the international criminal court, and which plays an important role in the delivery of justice to victims. It highlights the minimal inclusion of victims in complementarity proceedings and the impact it has on justice for them. It therefore proposes a victim-oriented approach to complementarity, and a structural change to the ICC to realize justice for victims.

Supervisor: Dr Clotilde Pegorier , Professor Lars Waldorf

Research interests

Research in Public International Law and International Criminal Law

I love to research different aspects of justice for victims, their participation in international criminal processes at the international or national level, capacity building of states to prosecute international crimes, innovative reparations for victims, transitional justice and refugees' integration. I also have interest in peace and conflict resolution, and in international relations and diplomacy.



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