mr. dr. Otto Spijkers MA
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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), 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. 

Involved in the following study programme(s)

The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law
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All publications
  2014 - Articles
Spijkers, Otto (2014). Bystander Obligations at the Domestic and International Level Compared. Goettingen Journal of International Law, 5 (3), (pp. 47-79).
Spijkers, Otto & Honniball, Arron (2014). MDGs and SDGs - Lessons Learnt from Global Public Participation in the Drafting of the UN Development Goals. Vereinte Nationen : German Review on the United Nations, 62 (6), (pp. 251-256) (10 p.). This article is the English original of the article “MDGs und SDGs: Lehren aus der öffentlichen Beteiligung an der Ausarbeitung der UN-Entwicklungsziele”, published in: VEREINTE NATIONEN – German Review on the United Nations, Vol. 62, No. 6, 2014, pp. 251–256..
Spijkers, Otto (2014). Responsibility of the Netherlands for the Genocide in Srebrenica - The Nuhanovic and Mothers of Srebrenica Cases Compared. Journal of International Peacekeeping, 18 (3-4), (pp. 281-289) (9 p.).
Spijkers, Otto (2014). Staatsaansprakelijkheid voor Srebrenica. Overheid en Aansprakelijkheid, 2014 (2), (pp. 30-37).
  2014 - Book parts / chapters
Spijkers, Otto (2014). Selected Bibliography on Remedies and Responsibility for the Actions of International Organizations (Hague Academy of International Law). In Dan Sarooshi (Eds.), Remedies and Responsibility for the Actions of International Organizations (Hague Academy of International Law) (pp. 577-640). Martinus Nijhoff.
  2013 - Articles
Spijkers, O. (2013). Editorial. Merkourios, 29 (76), (pp. 1-3) (3 p.).
Spijkers, O. & Jevglevskaja, N. (2013). Sustainable Development and High Seas Fisheries. Utrecht Law Review, 9 (1), (pp. 24-37) (14 p.).
Spijkers, O. (2013). We are here: report and comment on a lecture on equal treatment of non-expellable aliens. Journaal Vreemdelingenrecht
  2013 - Annotations
Spijkers, O. (06.09.2013). , , (Case Note of the Dutch Supreme Court case between the State of the Netherlands and Hasan Nuhanovic).
Spijkers, O. (2013). International Court of Justice, Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995.
  2013 - Websites / portals
Spijkers, Otto & Honniball, Arron (12.07.2013). Emerging Voices: “We the Peoples” – Global Public Participation in the Formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  2012 - Articles
Spijkers, O. (2012). Global Public Participation, editorial. Human Rights School Newsletter
Spijkers, O. (2012). Global values in the United Nations Charter. Netherlands international law review, 59, (pp. 361-397) (37 p.).
Spijkers, O. (04.06.2012). Review of Justice for Sale (documentary). website Filmhuis The Hague
Spijkers, O. (2012). The Netherlands and the United Nations, Legal Responsibility for Srebrenica before the Dutch Courts. The Military Law and the Law of War Review, 50, (pp. 517-534) (18 p.).
  2012 - Annotations
Spijkers, O. (03.02.2012). 2012, , (International Court of Justice, Jurisdictional Immunities of the State, Jurisdictional Immunities of the State, 3 februari 2012, NJB 2012/592 (aflever).
  2012 - Other output
  2011 - Books
Spijkers, Otto (2011). The United Nations and the Evolution of Global Values. Intersentia.
  0 - Lectures
O. Spijkers (0). Can States Stand Idly By? Bystander Obligations at the Domestic and International Level Compared. Symposium on Syria at Opinio juris.
O. Spijkers (0). The role of stakeholders in Adaptation to Climate Change. Water and Oceans Law in Times of Climate Change, Conference of the Utrecht Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law.
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ULC Working group



RGBK00250 Kernvak Internationaal en Europees recht I

RGMAIN700 International Law: Individual Research

RGMAMA300 Internship Masters International Law

RGMASC210 Thesis Public International Law



RGMAGE300 General Course on Public International Law

RGBK00250 Kernvak Internationaal en Europees recht I

RGBK00260 Kernvak internationaal en Europees recht II

RGMAIN600 International Law Moot Court


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