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Dr M.P. (Mathias) Holvoet

Lecturer in International Criminal Law
Faculty of Law
Criminal Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15557
    1001 NB Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Dr. Mathias Holvoet is a Lecturer in International Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is extensively involved in teaching and/or coordinating the following courses which are part of the UvA Master programs on International Criminal Law: Jurisdiction and Cooperation in Criminal Matters, International Criminal Law Practice, Internatonal Criminal Tribunals - Substantive Law and Transnational Criminal Law. Furthermore, Mathias is a supervisor for both Master theses and the Criminal Justice Clinic of the Amsterdam Law Clinics (ALC).

    Mathias holds a PhD in International Criminal Law (2018) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

    Furthermore, Mathias has significant experience in the practice of International Criminal Law, having been a Visiting Professional within the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Court (2017) and having worked as a Legal Officer involved in international and European cooperation in criminal matters and the prosecution of international core crimes cases at the Federal Prosecutor`s Office of Belgium.

    Below you can find a selection of his publications up to date.


  • Publications


    • Holvoet, M. (2022). Frustrated Justice: revisiting ICTY's involvement in adjudicating crimes committed during the Kosovo war. In A. Hehir, & F. Sheremeti (Eds.), Kosovo and Transitional Justice. The Pursuit of Justice after Large-Scale Conflict (pp. 41-60). (Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding). Routledge. Advance online publication.
    • Holvoet, M. (2022). International Criminal Liability for Spreading Disinformation in the Context of Mass Atrocity. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 20(1), 223–250. [details]


    • Holvoet, M. P. (2020). Commentary on the Ndindiliyimana, Nzuwonemeye and Sagahutu Judgement. In A. Klip, & S. Freeland (Eds.), The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Vol. 58, pp. 512-517). (Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals). Intersentia.
    • Holvoet, M. P. (2020). Introducing the Special Issue 'Critical Perspectives on the Law and Politics of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor's Office'. International Criminal Law Review, 20(1), 1-15.


    • De Hert, P., Smis, S., & Holvoet, M. (Eds.) (2018). Convergences and Divergences Between International Human Rights, International Humanitarian and International Criminal Law. (Supranational Criminal Law; Vol. 24). Intersentia.


    • Holvoet, M. P. (2017). The Continuing Relevance of the Hybrid or Internationalized Justice Model: The Example of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. Criminal Law Forum, 28(1), 35-73.


    • Holvoet, M., & Mema, M. (2015). The International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect. In D. Fiott, & J. Koops (Eds.), The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar: Legitimacy and Operationalization (pp. 21-38). Palgrave Macmillan.


    • Holvoet, M. P. (2014). Harmonizing Exclusion under the Refugee Convention by Reference to the Evidentiary Standards of International Criminal Law. Journal of International Criminal Justice, 12(5), 1039-1056.


    • De Hert, P., Struyven, O., Flamme, J., & Holvoet, M. P. (2013). Code of international criminal law and procedure, annotated. Larcier.
    • Yabasun, D., & Holvoet, M. P. (2013). Seeking asylum before the International Criminal Court. Another challenge for a court in need of credibility. International Criminal Law Review, 13(3), 725-745.






    • Holvoet, M. P. (2021). International Criminal Liability for Spreading Disinformation in the Context of Mass Atrocity. Paper presented at International Criminal Justice in an Age of Misinformation.

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