Marta Pinto da Cruz holds an LL.B from NOVA School of Law and an LL.M in International and Transnational Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam. Since completing her degree, she has worked for the university, within the International Criminal Law master’s programme, as a teaching assistant and as a lecturer. Her thesis, on the topic ‘Challenging the Exclusion of Cultural Genocide from the International Crime of Genocide’, sought a viable response, within international criminal law, to the scourge of cultural genocide, while ultimately addressing the rationales and justifications for criminalisation. Most recently, she has conducted research on torture and other forms of ill-treatment as offences at both the international and domestic level.
Jill Coster van Voorhout is a lawyer and social scientist with a PhD in criminal law and human rights law. She has a keen interest in interdisciplinary research on the intersections of national, transnational and international criminal law. Jill uses empirical research methods to solve legal problems and, vice versa, explores how legal research methods can solve societal problems. She currently leads the interdisciplinary research project entitled COMCRIM: COMbatting CRIMes that undermine democratic societies governed by the rule of law in a smart and comprehensive manner. Jill is also a Research fellow at the Amsterdam Center on International Law (ACIL) and at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS).
Dr. Mathias Holvoet joined the UvA in August 2021 as an Assistant Professor in (Inter)national Criminal Law. He holds an LLM in Public International Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a PhD in International Criminal Law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, which he obtained in 2018 and which will be published as a monograph with Cambridge University Press. He has worked in legal practice as a Visiting Professional within Chambers of the International Criminal Court in 2017 and as Legal Officer for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Belgium between 2018 and 2020.
Tomas Hamilton holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford, an LLB from the London College of Law, an LLM from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Law from King’s College London. Prior to joining Rethinking SLIC*, Tomas worked for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC), in judicial chambers at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and at a leading criminal law firm in London. Tomas draws on over 10 years of experience in criminal law and human rights for his academic research into secondary liability, with a specific interest in the arms trade. His forthcoming book entitled ‘The Arms Trade and International Criminal Law’ explores how the legal cultures of international justice have prioritised the prosecution of military and political figures to the exclusion of commercial actors.
Jindan-Karena Mann is a PhD candidate and part of the Rethinking SLIC* project on secondary liability for international crimes. Her research centers on how tort law applies to human rights harms arising out of business conduct. In particular, Jindan’s research examines how transnational corporations may be liable when they contribute to or facilitate grave human rights violations committed by their business partners and subsidiaries. Her supervisors are prof. dr. Göran Sluiter, prof. dr. Chantal Mak, and dr. Iris van Domselaar.
Luigi Prosperi is a graduate of RomaTre University of Rome, and holds a Master’s degree in International Protection of Human Rights and a PhD in International Order and Human Rights from Sapienza University of Rome. He has worked in various capacities for international criminal tribunals, including in the Appeals Division of the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY and as a consultant for the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. Luigi has mainly conducted research in the field of international criminal law, including on the prosecution of intentional environmental harms as crimes against humanity, the ICC investigation into crimes allegedly committed against migrants in Libya, the historical value of the judgments of international criminal tribunals, and the implementation of the Rome Statute at the domestic level (with specific regard to Italy).
International criminal law, in particular international criminal justice trial
Göran Sluiter is professor of international criminal law at the University of Amsterdam. He is also professor of criminal law and procedure at the Open University in the Netherlands and lawyer and partner at Prakken D'Oliveira Human Rights Lawyers. He studied law at the University of Maastricht (1996) and obtained his PhD in international criminal law at Utrecht University (2002). He joined the University of Amsterdam as a senior lecturer in (international) criminal law in 2004 and became a Professor in international criminal law in 2006. Göran is principal investigator in the VICI funded research project 'Rethinking the Outer Limits of Secondary Liability for International Crimes and Serious Human Rights Violations' which runs from September 2018 until September 2023 (rethinkingslic.org). Between 2006 and 2011, he was principal investigator in the VIDI funded research project 'International criminal procedure - In search of General Rules and Principles'.
Sergey Vasiliev's expertise sits across the areas of international, comparative, transnational, and European) criminal law and procedure and public international law (international adjudication, IHL, and human rights). His current research focuses on the institutional domain of international criminal justice, including the role criminal tribunals and other accountability institutions play in creating and shaping the norms, procedures, and practices within international criminal law, as well as the impact the institutions’ emergence and operations (as well as closing down) has on the field as a whole. Sergey's latest project looks into the position and responsibilities of states and (organs of) international organisations when performing external (political and executive) governance of international and hybrid (criminal) tribunals, be it directly or through dedicated entities. The project considers what arrangements (institutions, norms, and processes) for the external court governance are employed to that end, what gaps remain still in the applicable regulatory framework, and what challenges the existing governance arrangements may pose to the tribunals’ independence and proper functioning as well as to the accountability of the governing institutions themselves (see Governance project). Sergey’s other research (and PhD supervision) interests concern the intellectual history of international criminal law, its theoretical and methodological bases, its past and ongoing legitimacy contestations, critiques and defences, and possible future scenarios for its development.
Merle Kooijman joined the Amsterdam Center for Criminal Justice as a PhD fellow in August 2021. She teaches at the department of public law. She obtained her master’s degree in Dutch criminal law (cum laude) and her Research Master’s in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in criminal law and philosophy from Utrecht University. Her research explores the intersection between sustainability and criminal law, with a particular focus on the criminalization of ecocide.
Joëlle Trampert is a PhD candidate with the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Department of Criminal Law. Her research, which is part of the ‘Rethinking SLIC*’ Vici project, focuses on the international responsibility of states for facilitating international crimes and serious human rights violations. In addition to her PhD, she teaches public international law in the bachelor’s programme, supervises students writing their master’s theses, and is an active member of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR). Joëlle is fluent in Dutch and English.
Harmen van der Wilt has published on a wide array of topics, related to (international) criminal law, including concepts of criminal responsibility in ICL, domestic prosecutions of international crimes, legal reaction to terrorism, international criminal law and legal philosophy, history in the courtroom, European Arrest Warrant, transnational crimes, extradition. His current interests include ecocide as an international crime (Editorial Delikt en Delinkwent, April 2021) and Immunities in ICL (see: HvdW, ‘Immunities and the International Criminal Court’, in: Tom Ruys et al. The Cambridge Handbook of Immunities and International Law, CUP: Cambridge 2019).
Van der Wilt is on the brink of retirement and is working on two monographs:
These books are intended to be the legacy of teaching and research over the last 30 year.
Hadassa Noorda works in the area of philosophy of criminal law. Her work has appeared in international refereed journals and she has spoken at several reputed conferences and workshops in North America, Europe and Asia. Her most recent publications appeared in New Criminal Law Review, Criminal Law and Philosophy, and Criminal Justice Ethics. In her article “Preventive Deprivations of Liberty: Asset Freezes and Travel Bans” she develops the novel concept “exprisonment” to refer to incapacitation measures short of imprisonment, in “Law Reform as a Response to Terrorist Threats” she sets out guidelines for law reform processes to account for the challenges that terrorism may pose to the rule of law and democracy, and in “Regulation as Punishment” she addresses the stigmatizing and punitive aspects of regulatory measures.
Educated in both law and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University (LL.B., LL.M., BA, MA, PhD), Dr. Noorda was a Dworkin Balzan post-doctoral fellow and a Postdoctoral Global Hauser Fellow at the Center for Law and Philosophy at NYU, under the supervision of Jeremy Waldron and Liam Murphy, and a research fellow at Columbia Law School. As part of her PhD research, she was a visiting researcher at Georgetown University, UC Berkeley, and the European University Institute. She was also the recipient of a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research in collaboration with Rutgers’ Institute for Law and Philosophy for her research into the protection of individual liberty in times of terrorism.
Doireann McCarthy holds an LL.B. from Trinity College Dublin and an LL.M. in International and Transnational Criminal Law (cum laude). She first started working at the University of Amsterdam as a Teaching Assistant, and is now a lecturer in both tracks of the LLM in International Criminal Law. Her interests lie in the field of victim’s rights, their role in the international criminal process, and consequently the values and policies underlying international criminal law generally. Her LL.M. thesis addressed the question ‘to what extent have victims of the Rwandan genocide been granted effective recognition, justice and support?’. She has since completed a six month internship at the International Criminal Court, and is in the course of writing a case commentary on the appeal judgment of Radovan Karadzic which is due to be published by Annotated Leading Cases in the upcoming year.
Merel Brouwer graduated in both Dutch and International Criminal Law and works as a research assistant for the COMCRIM research project run by associate professor Jill Coster van Voorhout. This project aims to combat crimes that undermine the rule of law in a financial public-private partnership and is especially focused on human trafficking and the related crimes of money laundering and corruption. Currently, her research is focused on the question of how to improve the detection of human trafficking victims who have been criminally exploited.