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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

Energy law, focus area: offshore system integration
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
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Professor of Public International Law
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
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Head of MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
L. (Lea) Diestelmeier, LLM
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Ph.D. candidate and Researcher
Energy law, focus area: offshore system integration
D. (Dinand) Drankier, LLM
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Researcher
Public International Law
International Humanitarian Law
International Criminal Law
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International Criminal Law, International and European Human Rights Law, Comparative Criminal Law
prof. dr. C.I. (Caroline) Fournet
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Professor of comparative criminal law and international justice
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, especially EU Criminal Law
mr. dr. W. (Pim) Geelhoed
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Assistant Professor in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Global health law, Human rights, Access to medicines and drug control, tobaco control, bioethics, empirical research and law
dr. M.E.C. (Marie Elske) Gispen, LLM
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Postdoctoral researcher
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EU-strafrecht. Internationale en Europese samenwerking in strafzaken. 
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My passion and research is all about Human Rights in the Digital Age. I use an interdisciplinary approach to work on Human Dignity, Internet Governance, Security and Surveillance in the context of the rule of law, Personal Data and Time ("the right to be forgotten"), Digital Technologies for Governance purposes (incl. "Blockchain") and related issues.
dr. O.J. (Oskar Josef) Gstrein
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Senior Researcher Data Research Center
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
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Assistant Professor International Law and Human Rights
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- 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
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Ph.D. Candidate / Lecturer International Law
Intellectual Property (IP) and valorisation RUG/UMCG.
mr. L. (Linda) Hofkamp
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Valorization & IP-Lawyer
dr. mr. A.J.J. (André) de Hoogh
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Associate Professor in International Law
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Education: History of International Relations; European Cooperation & Integration; Policy & Governance; International Negotiations; European Integration & Disintegration; Academic Skills; International Politics; European Politics & Society; Theory of International Relations; International Organization; and International & European Law.
Research: European Neighbourhood; International Transport; Human Security and Urban Resilience.
Support: mentorship, alumni relations and fundraising, international project management, university governance.
M.C. (Tim) Huiskes, MA
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University Council President
Legal and regulatory developments regarding Power-to-Gas, systems integration, and energy storage
G.J. (Gijs) Kreeft
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Researcher
Energy Law, Smart meters, Smart Grids, European Law.
D. (Dirk) Kuiken, LLM
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PhD Researcher
Research: International human rights law; Law and governance; Horizontal effect of international human rights law; Human rights and the World Bank; Human rights and non-State armed groups; Multi-level governance approach to international human rights.
Teaching: Public international law; International human rights law
dr. C.L. (Lottie) Lane
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Assistant Professor of Public International Law
Teaching interests include English for Academic Purposes, specifically English for students of International and European Law and International Business and Management students.  Furthermore, teaching English as a second language, verbal, presentation and writing skills.

Holds: UTQ
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
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Public International Law
Legal Theory
Customary International Law
N. (Nina) Mileva, LLM
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International law
Human rights law
Humanitarian law
European law
European technology law
Privacy and data protection
State responsibility
Public and private security
Cybersecurity
Private military and security companies
dr. E.V. (Evgeni) Moyakine, LLM
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Assistant Professor
Internationaal milieurecht en het recht van de zee
prof. mr. dr. F.A. (Frans) Nelissen
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Director of Research
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C.T. (Ceciel) Nieuwenhout, LLM
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PhD Researcher
Public international law; treaty interpretation; international and regional human rights systems; international courts and tribunals; role of international law in regulating cyberspace and Internet governance institutions, Internet standardisation; human rights online & cybersecurity.
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
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PhD student
Legal scholar with twenty years of experience in the field of health and human rights. Currently an important player in the international discussion about global or international health law as an emerging branch of public international law.

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.
prof. mr. dr. B.C.A. (Brigit) Toebes
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Professor, Health Law in a Global Context
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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International investment law, the Energy Charter Treaty, investment arbitration, energy law.
C.G. (Cees) Verburg, LLM
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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
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Professor of Law and Economics
Research: Dead Body Management in Armed Conflict in International Law
W. (Welmoet) Wels, LLM MA
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PhD student
Big Data Governance
Humanitarian Action
State of Emergency
prof. dr. A.J. (Andrej Janko) Zwitter
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Dean of Faculty Campus Fryslân / Prof. of Governance and Innovation
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