About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University.

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 also worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant 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 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
also studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange).

  • The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law (doctoral dissertation), Intersentia, 2011.
  • ‘Legal Accountability of the Netherlands and the United Nations for Srebrenica,’ Military Law and the Law of War Review /Revue de Droit Militaire et de Droit de la Guerre, vol. 50 (2011).
  • ‘What’s running the world: global values, international law, and the United Nations,’ Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law, vol. 4, no. 1, 2009-2010.
  • ‘De notie van wereldrecht vóór, tijdens, en na de oprichting van de Verenigde Naties,’ Nederlands Juristenblad, special issue on ‘65 Jaar Wereldrecht,’ 2010.
  • ‘The immunity of the United Nations in relation to the genocide in Srebrenica in the eyes of a Dutch District Court’, Journal of International Peacekeeping, vol. 13 (2009), no. 1-2.
  • ‘Legal mechanisms to establish accountability for the genocide in Srebrenica’, Human Rights & International Legal Discourse, vol. 1 (2007), no. 2.
  • ‘Two Futures of Cosmopolitanism,’ Political Ethics and International Order: Annual Report 43. Societas Ethica,2006.
  • ‘Book review of Mazower’s No Enchanted Palace,’ Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 24 (2011), no. 1.
  • ‘Book review of Bowring’s The Degradation of the International Legal Order?,’ Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, volume 28 (2010), no. 1.
To read some of Otto’s working papers etc., please go to: http://ssrn.com/author=682994.