SHARES Seminar Principles of Shared Responsibility in International Law

The Research Project on Shared Responsibility in International Law (SHARES) will organize a seminar on Principles of Shared Responsibility in International Law, on 7 and 8 February 2013 (7 February: 12:00-18:30; 8 February: 9:30-17:30) in Amsterdam.

This SHARES Seminar will provide a critical review of the principles of international responsibility, as these have been formulated by the International Law Commission, from the perspective of shared responsibility.

This seminar is closed, but there is limited room for expert academics and practitioners. If you are interested to participate, please send an email to:

For more information and the preliminary programme see here.


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About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University, and researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law. He is a member of the Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development of the International Law Association, and guest lecturer for Amnesty International The Hague.

He was a visiting professor at Leiden University, Xiamen University (China), Wuhan University (China), University of Salerno (Italy) and the Université catholique d’Afrique Central (Yaounde, Cameroon).

Previously, he was a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden. His doctoral dissertation, entitled The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law, was published with Intersentia in 2011.

He worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant and coordinator for the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, as intern for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and as intern for the Office of Legal Affairs of United Nations Headquarters. Otto Spijkers is editor and author of the Invisible College Blog, the blog of the School of Human Rights Research.

Otto Spijkers studied the basics of international relations at the University of Sussex. He then studied international law at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law (exchange student), and the Hague Academy of International Law (2009 session). He studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française.

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