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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. 


Geneviève Girard is a qualified lawyer and a member of the Quebec Bar (Canada). She holds two bachelor degrees, one in International Relations (B.Sc.) and the other one in Law (LL.B.) from the University of Montreal. During her undergraduate studies she also completed a one-year certificate in Political Science from SciencePo Lyon, France and one semester of studies at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She obtained an Advanced LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University in 2015 and wrote her master’s thesis on the subject of political participation as a tool for transitional justice mechanisms in post-conflict societies.

Before joining the Asser Institute, Genevieve worked as Legal Attachée as well as Advisor in the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. More recently, she undertook a field mission to Guatemala with the Canadian NGO Lawyers Without Borders, where she contributed to the domestic judicial proceedings of international crimes. Her previous professional experience also includes working as Legal Writer in the national jurisprudence service of Thomson Reuters in Montreal, and interning at the Embassy of Canada to Peru in Lima. She also served as Editorial Assistant for the Leiden Journal of International Law. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Genevieve is currently working as Editorial Assistant for the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (NYIL) as well as the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (YIHL). Her main fields of interest include international humanitarian, criminal and human rights law as well as transitional justice processes.

Elena Cecchini is currently in her last semester of her LL.B. programme in International and European Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where she specialized in International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law. Before joining the Asser Institute, Elena interned with the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch in Brussels, and previously volunteered in an Italian centre for unaccompanied minors. Her research fields of interest include international criminal and international humanitarian law, international human rights law, refugee and migration law; she is now particularly interested in issues concerning the exercise of universal jurisdiction by national courts, emerging crimes under international criminal law, and the extraterritorial application of human rights treaties.