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.
Between 2006 and 2011, he was principal investigator in the VIDI funded research project 'International criminal procedure - In search of General Rules and Principles'.
Researcher in Human Rights and International (Criminal) Law
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.
Project: Secondary criminal liability for international crimes and serious human rights violations
Marc Tiernan holds an LLB from Trinity College Dublin (2014) and an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam (cum laude, 2017). Prior to joining Rethinking SLIC*, Marc worked as a legal consultant with a defence team at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and as a research assistant with the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Marc also has experience working with law firms and non-profits in Ireland, Cambodia, and the United States.
Project: Secondary tort liability for international crimes and serious human rights violations
Jindan-Karena Mann is an American lawyer admitted to the State Bar of California. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Development Studies with a specific focus on access to natural resources by marginalised societies, a JD from the University of Southern California, and an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam with a certificate in International Criminal Law from Columbia Law School. Prior to joining Rethinking SLIC*, Jindan worked as a lawyer in the areas of international criminal law and international human rights law.
Project: Secondary State liability for international crimes and serious human rights violations
Joëlle Trampert studied law at the University of Amsterdam. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Public International Law in 2015, she completed an internship with the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and various internships with law firms in the Netherlands. Prior to joining Rethinking SLIC*, she was employed at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, where she undertook comparative legal research for the Court’s ongoing legal terminology projects.
Project: Access to information for victims of human rights violations in civil litigation against multinational corporations
Nicky Touw holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Groningen and an LLB (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. After obtaining her LLM in criminal law from the University of Amsterdam in 2014, she worked for several law firms in the Netherlands as a paralegal and later as an attorney specializing in financial and corporate criminal law.
Project: Criminal liability of companies for labour exploitation abroad
Cleo Hoetmer holds an LLM from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. She is, in addition to her research activities, currently working as a teacher of law. Before this Cleo worked as a lawyer for several years. Furthermore Cleo is the vice-chairman of the Objections Committee of municipality De Bilt.
Ahmad Al Zien
Project: Secondary liability for international crimes – case study of Syria
Ahmad Al Zien holds an LLB from Damascus University, a joint LLM in International business law from Damascus University and Panthéon Assas University (2012), and a joint master’s degree in Maritime Spatial Planning (EMMCMSP) from the universities of Seville, IUAV, Ghent, and Acores (2016). Prior to joining Rethinking SLIC*, Ahmad worked as a lawyer (2006-2017), legal trainer in the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) (2017), and legal researcher at PAX for Peace (2018).
Sjors Polm is a student assistant for the Rethinking SLIC* project. He is currently studying for an LLM by research in international law and an MA in philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Previously he obtained bachelor's degrees in law, philosophy (cum laude), and PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics; cum laude) from the same university.
Georgina Howe is currently taking part in the LLM programme in International and Transnational Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam as part of a Double Degree Master of Laws with the University of Zurich. Prior to joining Rethinking SLIC*, she worked as a research assistant in the field of criminal law and criminal procedure law at the University of Zurich.
Chris Dekkers is an LLM candidate in International and Transnational Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam. She holds a BA in International Relations from King's College London and an LLB from Leiden University. Previously, she worked as a legal assistant and secretary for a law firm in Amsterdam, and as a research assistant at Leiden University.