Staff members with discipline International & European Law
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International Humanitarian Law
International Criminal 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
Research: European Neighbourhood; International Transport; Human Security and Urban Resilience.
Support: mentorship, alumni relations and fundraising, international project management, university governance.
Teaching: Public international law; International human rights law
Customary International Law
Human rights law
European technology law
Privacy and data protection
Public and private security
Private military and security companies
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.
Specific research theme: the rise in noncommunicable or chronic diseases as a major global health challenge. In relation to this, attention is paid in particular to designing a regulatory framework for unhealthy behavior, including tobacco use and unhealthy diets, in light of the human rights of consumers. Broader research interests: access to healthcare and essential medicines, the tension between the protection of public health and human rights (eg ebola crisis), Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, social or underlying determinants to health, socio-economic health inequalities, chronic diseases and obesity, health systems governance, healthcare privatisation and health sector corruption, accountability in the health sector, health protection in armed conflicts and other emergencies, including the role of health workers and so-called ' medical neutrality'.
Legal disciplines: public international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, international health law, health and human rights, economic, social and cultural rights, right to health, domestic health law, and medical ethcis. Much interaction with health sciences and international relations.