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Staff members with discipline International & European Law

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

Overview of all disciplines

S.E. (Saide Esra) Akdogan, LLM
Contact
s.e.akdogan rug.nl
Function
Energy law, focus area: offshore system integration
L.M. (Malin) Andreasson, LLM LLM
Contact
l.m.andreasson rug.nl
+31 50 36 34573
Function
Public International Law in general with particular interest and specialisation in: International Sustainable Development Law and International Environmental Law; International Dispute Settlement; International Investment Law; International Diplomatic Law; Law of International Peace and Security; Law of the Sea; the Development of International Law.
prof. dr. M.M.T.A. (Marcel) Brus
Contact
m.m.t.a.brus rug.nl
+31 50 36 35706
Function
Professor of Public International Law
Field / Discipline
Teaching and learning in multicultural settings; Bilingual education; Academic writing in English; Teaching Spanish as a foreign language; Second language acquisition; Computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
drs. A.R.O. (Ruben) Comadina Granson
Contact
a.r.o.comadina.granson rug.nl
+31 50 36 38982
Function
Head of MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
dr. L. (Lea) Diestelmeier, PhD
Contact
l.diestelmeier rug.nl
Function
Post-doctoral researcher
Public International Law International Humanitarian Law International Criminal Law  Human Rights Law
A.M.M. (Audrey) Fino
Contact
a.m.m.fino rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Customary International Law, Impartiality of International Judges, Human Rights, Law of State Immunity
M. (Marina) Fortuna, LLM
Contact
m.fortuna rug.nl
Function
PhD researcher
Field / Discipline
International Criminal Law, International and European Human Rights Law, Comparative Criminal Law
prof. dr. C.I. (Caroline) Fournet
Contact
c.i.fournet rug.nl
Function
Professor of comparative criminal law and international justice
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, especially EU Criminal Law
mr. dr. W. (Pim) Geelhoed
Contact
w.geelhoed rug.nl
+31 50 36 32137
Function
Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
EU-strafrecht. Internationale en Europese samenwerking in strafzaken. 
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Contact
v.h.glerum rug.nl
Function
My academic work and passion are dedicated to the overarching theme ‘Human Dignity in the Digital Age’. With my background in law and philosophy I work in the department of Governance and Innovation at Campus Fryslân. My expertise relates to:

- Human Rights in the Digital Age.
- Privacy and Data Protection.
- Digital Identity.
- Digital Technologies for Governance purposes (incl. ‘Blockchain’).
- Security and Surveillance in context of the rule of law.
- Personal Data and Time (‘right to be forgotten’).
- Internet Governance.
dr. O.J. (Oskar Josef) Gstrein
Contact
o.j.gstrein rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
International and Regional Human Rights; Prohibition and prevention of torture; privatization and human rights; non-state actors under international law and human rights; regulation of essential services and human rights; international investment and human rights; state responsibility
dr. A.G. (Antenor) Hallo de Wolf
Contact
a.g.hallo.de.wolf rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor International Law and Human Rights
Field / Discipline
- Public international law
- International and European human rights law
- Socio-economic human rights law
- Access to modern energy services / energy poverty
- Disaster management / international disaster law
- Environment/climate change (litigation)
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Extra-territorial/transnational human rights law
- New/critical approaches to IL / feminist approaches
M.M.E. (Marlies) Hesselman, LLM
Contact
m.m.e.hesselman rug.nl
Function
Ph.D. Candidate / Lecturer International Law
Intellectual Property (IP) and valorisation RUG/UMCG.
mr. L. (Linda) Hofkamp
Contact
l.hofkamp rug.nl
+31 50 36 33206
Function
Valorization & IP-Lawyer
dr. mr. A.J.J. (André) de Hoogh
Contact
a.j.j.de.hoogh rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor in International Law
Field / Discipline
I specialise in themes of state creation and de facto statehood in international politics. Questions of state recognition, sovereignty, international security, and international relations theory are also part of my scholarly field.
dr. L. (Lucas) Knotter
Contact
l.knotter rug.nl
Function
Energy Law, Smart meters, Smart Grids, European Law.
D. (Dirk) Kuiken, LLM
Contact
d.kuiken rug.nl
Function
Project Leader
Field / Discipline
Research: Artificial intelligence, business and human rights; International human rights law; Law and governance; Horizontal effect of international human rights law; (Multi-level) Governance approach to international human rights. 

Teaching: Public international law; International human rights law; Legal English
dr. C.L. (Lottie) Lane
Contact
c.l.lane rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Public International Law; Postdoctoral Researcher EU non-discrimination law
Law of International Responsibility
International Criminal Law
International Dispute Settlement
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Contact
s.i.lekkas rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
In a warming world marred by several intersectional problems, Dr. Manuvie research at the margins of social, political and geographical vulnerabilities. 
Her current research focuses on two aspects: (a) Construction of legal citizenships in South Asia and (b) use of hateful narrative in creation of identity and belonging. 
R. (Ritumbra) Manuvie, PhD LLM
Contact
r.manuvie rug.nl
Function
Lecturer
Law of Treaties, Sources of International Law, Theory of International Law, International Dispute Settlement, State Responsibility, International Environmental Law, Law of the Sea, Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
prof. dr. P. (Panos) Merkouris
Contact
p.merkouris rug.nl
+31 50 36 38258
Function
Field / Discipline
Public International Law
Legal Theory
Customary International Law
N. (Nina) Mileva, LLM
Contact
n.mileva rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
IT law, privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, international law, European law, human rights law, humanitarian law, State responsibility, private military and security companies
dr. E.V. (Evgeni) Moyakine, LLM
Contact
e.v.moyakine step-rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Internationaal milieurecht en het recht van de zee
prof. mr. dr. F.A. (Frans) Nelissen
Contact
f.a.nelissen rug.nl
Function
Director of Research
Field / Discipline
C.T. (Ceciel) Nieuwenhout, LLM
Contact
c.t.nieuwenhout rug.nl
+31 50 36 35688
Function
PhD Researcher
B. (Barbara) Pavliková
Contact
b.pavlikova umcg.nl
Function

Dr Mando Rahcovitsa holds an Assistant Professorship in International Law at the University of Groningen since August 2016. She read for her PhD at the School of Law, University of Nottingham (UK) on the topic of fragmentation of international law. Upon completion of her PhD thesis, she took up an Assistant Professorship in International Law at Qatar University where she taught international law and human rights (2013-2016).   

She was the Lecturer of the Year (Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, 2017) making her the first woman, international member of staff and non-Dutch speaker to get this award in the Faculty of Law. She was a visiting scholar at Melbourne Law School, Institute for International Law and the Humanities (July 2019). She is a barrister and solicitor (Greece, 2006 - present) (currently non-practicing). Dr Rachovitsa has advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and the Ministry of Interior of Qatar on Internet regulation and policy. She has given expert feedback to the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy regarding the draft legal instrument on government surveillance and privacy and provided written comments. She is a participant to the Research Group on Human Rights Protocols Considerations (Internet Research Task Force) drafting human rights related guidelines to be considered by the engineering community when creating and updating Internet standards.

Overview of Research

Her research interests lie in the area of public international law and international human rights law. Her research straddles on two main areas. In the first strand of research she explores judicial dispute settlement, including interpretational and jurisdictional issues across international courts and the expertise of judges. The second strand of research addresses the relevance of international law and human rights to Internet regulation. She writes on international transfers of data, and how public interest considerations may inform law-making and the institutional design of Internet global governance bodies.  At the moment she is working on the research project “Making the hidden visible: Co-designing for public values in standards-making and governance” funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) (March 2020 - March 2024). For more details please see Projects on this webpage.
A. (Mando) Rachovitsa, PhD
Contact
a.rachovitsa rug.nl
Function
PhD research: On Shaky Ground? Fact-finding Through Testimonial Evidence of International Crimes 

This dissertation examines how potential distortions in testimonial evidence are taken into consideration within the legal process, and to what extent this requires and adjustment of both investigative and prosecutorial procedures.
International criminal courts and tribunals prosecute those responsible for atrocities such as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The majority of evidence in such cases is testimonial. Questioned before the court, both witnesses and the accused can testify to answer the who, what- where-, and when-questions in order to determine who can be held responsible for the crimes. Nevertheless, judgments of international crimes frequently mention, for example, the lack of detail, coherence and/or consistency throughout testimonies. The extent to which this affects the credibility and reliability of the witness or the accused, and ultimately the admissibility of the evidence is important to take into consideration for fact-finding – during both the investigation and prosecution of international crimes. As such, this dissertation focusses on how the legal process deals with potential distortions in testimonial evidence, especially considering the traumatic nature of international crimes. Investigations and prosecutions of these crimes involve potentially vulnerable and traumatized witnesses as well as witnesses whose evidence is of a particular sensitive nature, as they may, for example, testify in relation to allegations of sexual violence or torture. The methodology consists of an empirical study of transcripts of proceedings, case law, rules of procedure and evidence, and investigation manuals of the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the Dutch prosecution of international crimes, as well as potential interviews with legal practitioners. In addition, the research builds upon a thorough review of legal and criminological scholarship on potential distortions in testimonial evidence in (international) criminal cases. The thesis reports the results of the extensive analysis of data concerning the collection and assessment of testimonial evidence and the consideration of potential distortions throughout this process. It is critically analyzed to what extent judicial proceedings and those involved in the process of investigating and prosecuting these crimes take into consideration the implications of potential distortions of both witnesses and the accused and their effect on testimonial evidence. The dissertation contributes to an enhanced understanding thereof, which may better equip fact-finders to identify potential misrepresentations of truth throughout the investigation and prosecution and acquire corroborating evidence necessary for the adjudication of international crimes.
S.L. (Suzanne) Schot, LLM
Contact
s.l.schot rug.nl
Function
PhD student
International Health Law, Disability Law, Mental Health & Human Rights Law
N.S. (Natalie) Schuck, LLM
Contact
n.s.schuck rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Legal scholar with more than twenty years of experience in the international standards protecting health, with a strong emphasis on human rights and health prevention. Currently an important player in the discussion about 'global health law' as an emerging branch of public international law. Recent research themes include the NCD pandemic and the regulation of behavioural risk factors (in particular smoking and unhealty diets), the regulation of vaccination, and the role of law in socio-economic health inequalities.

In 2013, she was awarded a Rosalind Franklin Fellowship at University of Groningen Faculty of Law, which led to her appointment in the Chair Health Law in a Global Context in 2018. She is the initiator of Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre, which hosts around fifteen researchers who focus on various dimensions of health and human rights.

Brigit has published widely in legal, public health and multidisciplinary journals, including Human Rights Quarterly, Harvard Health and Human Rights, the BMJ, and Tobacco Control. She participates in several international and domestic bodies, including as co-chair of the Global Health Law Committee of the International Law Association, as board member of the Dutch Association of Health Law, and as Coordinator of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.

With funding from the Dutch Cancer Society/Lung Foundation she conducts research in the field of tobacco control since 2016, looking at tobacco concerns particularly through a human rights lens.  Brigit was member of the Committee on vaccination for childcare (Commissie Vermeij), and acts as a consultant to various international bodies, including the WHO and UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. More recently, Brigit is engaging with international standard-setting, including regarding the adoption of an international standard protecting healthy diets.
prof. mr. dr. B.C.A. (Brigit) Toebes
Contact
b.c.a.toebes rug.nl
+31 50 36 35676
Function
Professor, Health Law in a Global Context
Field / Discipline
International Human Rights Law; European Human Rights Law; National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs); European Court of Human Rights; Council of Europe; Separation of Powers
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Contact
a.tsampi rug.nl
+31 50 36 33295
Function
Assistant Professor of Public International Law
Field / Discipline
International investment law, the Energy Charter Treaty, investment arbitration, energy law.
C.G. (Cees) Verburg, LLM
Contact
c.g.verburg rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
I.T. de Vries, LLM
Contact
i.t.de.vries rug.nl
Function
PhD International Law
Field / Discipline
Law and Economics, Climate change Law (in particular Emissions Trading Design, Linking, Allocation and Competition), Competition law and Public Procurement in EU, China and Japan
prof. dr. S.E. (Stefan) Weishaar, LLM
Contact
s.e.weishaar rug.nl
Function
Professor of Law and Economics
Research: Dead Body Management in Armed Conflict in International Law
W. (Welmoet) Wels, LLM MA
Contact
w.wels rug.nl
+31 50 36 36906
Function
PhD student
prof. dr. R.A. (Ramses) Wessel
Contact
r.a.wessel rug.nl
Function
Professor of European Law
Field / Discipline
A.J. (Andrew) Zuidema, LLM
Contact
a.j.zuidema rug.nl
Function
PhD Student / Lecturer
Big Data Ethics and Governance
Blockchain Regulation
Humanitarian Action
State of Emergency
Interdisciplinary Research and Education Management
prof. dr. A.J. (Andrej Janko) Zwitter
Contact
a.zwitter rug.nl
+31 58 205 5001
Function
Dean of Faculty Campus Fryslân / Prof. of Governance and Innovation
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