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Team members

Dr. Christophe Paulussen LLM. M.Phil. is a senior researcher international humanitarian law/international criminal law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, coordinator of the inter-faculty research platform ‘International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform’ and research fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Christophe is also member of the editorial boards of the journal 'Security and Human Rights' and of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, as well as member of the Executive Board of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law. Finally, he is project leader of several projects at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, including the International Crimes Database.

Dr. Bérénice Boutin is a researcher in public international law at the TMC Asser Instituut, working on several projects related to military operations and counter-terrorism. Her research interests include general public international law, international responsibility, international human rights, and international humanitarian law. She completed her PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam (2015) on the topic of the responsibility of States and international organizations for violations of international law committed in international military operations.
She provides editorial support to the International Crimes Database.

Drs. Julien Simon: having finished my studies of International and European law at the Radboud University of Nijmegen I lived and worked in various West-African countries for some ten years working in the area of ICT. During those years I was involved in training and capacity building, network development and integration and automation of work processes as well as the development and realisation of communication strategies in order to valorise scientific research. Returning to The Netherlands I started working for the T.M.C. Asser Instituut within the department of Information Technology and Information services. For many years I was able to contribute to the development of valorisation and communication strategies and the carrying out/management of numerous projects in that area. In 2006 I became a member of the Management Team responsible for Operations (including the ICT Department) and later on the Human Resources Department. Since its inception I was involved in the International Crimes Database Project. Over the years I was able to contribute to the development of the project and the acquisition of funds for this important project.

Wouter Lemaire: having worked in both commercial and public organisations for almost 20 years in the ever developing area of ICT, notably web development, database management, architecture and interface programming, he joined the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in 2011 as an C# programmer/web developer. In the current project he was responsible for functional and technical design, Database development, front- and back-end development and integration of third party products. 



Taylor Woodcock graduated cum laude from the Public International Law LL.M. at Leiden University in January 2019. Her interest in international human rights law led her to pursue a Master Thesis focusing on the extraterritorial application human rights instruments, particularly in relation to the right to life. Taylor graduated from Deakin University in Australia with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies in 2017. During her undergraduate studies she represented Deakin University in Vienna, Austria, in 2017 at the Willem C. Vis Moot Arbitration Competition, completed a semester abroad at Uppsala University, Sweden, and was awarded the Deakin University Global Citizenship Certificate. For the past year Taylor has also assisted Professor Helen Duffy with research at the pro bono human rights firm, Human Rights in Practice. She has been an intern at the T.M.C. Asser Institute since January 2019 in the research strand “Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European Law” under the supervision of Dr. Christophe Paulussen. In this role, she conducts legal research and analysis in her fields of interest, namely international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. She is also responsible for updating the International Crimes Database news and social media channels.

Monika Tobjasz completed Law LL.B. at King’s College London and Public International Law LL.M. at Leiden University. In London she was also a research assistant to Professor Andrea Biondi and Dr Oana Stefan and gained some experience in human rights and private law. She developed her interest in public international law while being a participant of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, where her team reached the quarter-final in the International Rounds.  While at Leiden University, she was a finalist of the Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition. Monika was also engaged in the work of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic. As a researcher, she addressed questions of international humanitarian law and international criminal law for one of the clients of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum, for the purpose of preparing a possible prosecution of war crimes before international or national judicial mechanisms. Monika has also experience in international relations, gained during internships at the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Poland and at one of the Polish embassies. She is currently an intern intern at the TMC Asser Institute. She is working on the International Crimes Database, updating it on a daily basis, and conducting research related to public international law. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Polish and has basic French and Italian language skills.