Dr. Christophe Paulussen LL.M M.Phil is a Associate Fellow at ICCT, a senior researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and coordinator of its research strand ‘Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European Law’, and coordinator of the inter-faculty research platform ‘International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform’. Christophe is also member of the editorial boards of the journal Security and Human Rights Monitor and the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, member of the Executive Board of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law and jury member of the J.P.A. François Prize (Royal Netherlands Society of International Law). Before moving to The Hague, Christophe worked as an assistant professor at Tilburg University, where he defended, in 2010, his PhD thesis Male captus bene detentus? Surrendering suspects to the International Criminal Court. This thesis received a special mention from the Jury of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2011 and has been used in proceedings before the ICC. Christophe’s areas of interest are international humanitarian law, international criminal law, in particular the law of the international criminal(ised) tribunals, and counter-terrorism & human rights, in particular the issue of foreign fighters. On the latter topic, he has advised national delegations, the UN and the Council of Europe. He is also a contributor to and co-editor of the collected volume Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond (T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer Verlag, 2016). An updated list of publications can be found here. In addition to this, Christophe has been involved as project leader in the development and implementation of numerous lectures, conferences, expert meetings, databases, including the International Crimes Database, trainings, and needs assessment & capacity building missions on public international law-related projects.
Paulussen, C., and Gherbaoui, T. Trials in Absentia of Foreign Fighters and their Families? Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 01 August 2022.
Boutin, B., Douma, W., Van Ginkel, B., Guven, O., Haasnoot, R., Paulussen, C., Rijken, T., Warmenhoven, B., Wensink, W., Wesselink, R. and S. Wittendorp. “The European Union’s Policies on Counter-Terrorism. Relevance, Coherence and Effectiveness“, Study for the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament (2017)
Lismont, K., Nijman, J. and C. Paulussen. “Mental Health and the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon: A Case Study from the Netherlands“, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (2017)
Paulussen, C. “Repressing the Foreign Fighters Phenomenon in Western Europe: Towards an Effective Response Based on Human Rights“ The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 7, no. 10 (2016)
Boutin, B., Dorsey, J. and C. Paulussen. “Towards a European Position on the Use of Armed Drones? A Human Rights Approach“ The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (2016)
Boutin, B., and C. Paulussen. “From the Bataclan to Nice: A Critique of France’s State of Emergency Regime“ Asser Policy Brief, no. 2016-01 (2016)
Boutin, B., Chauzal, G., Dorsey, J., Entenmann, E., Van Ginkel, B., Jegerings, M., Paulussen, C., Pohl, J., Reed, A. and S. Zavagli. “The Foreign Fighters Phenomenon in the European Union. Profiles, Threats and Policies“ The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 7, no. 2 (2016)
Capone, F., de Guttry, A. and C. Paulussen. “Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond” T.M.C. Asser Press , 2016.
Ginkel, B. van and C. Paulussen. “The Role of the Military in Securing Suspects and Evidence in the Prosecution of Terrorism Cases before Civilian Courts: Legal and Practical Challenges”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 4 (2015).
Paulussen, C. “Responding to Foreign Fighters: A Quick Overview for People with Little Time“, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 2015.
Dorsey, J. and C. Paulussen. “Towards a European Position on Armed Drones and Targeted Killing: Surveying EU Counter-Terrorism Perspectives”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 3 (2015).
Global Center on Cooperative Security, Human Security Collective and International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. “Addressing the Foreign Terrorist Fighters Phenomenon from a European Union Perspective: UN Security Council Resolution 2178, Legal Issues, and Challenges and Opportunities for EU Foreign Security and Development Policy”. Policy Brief, December 2014. [Contributing author]
Paulussen, C. and K. T. Szabó. “Testing the Validity of US Self-Defence Arguments against the Khorasan Group in Syria“, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 2014.
Paulussen, C. and L. van Waas. “UK Measures Rendering Terror Suspects Stateless: A Punishment More Primitive Than Torture“, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 2014.
Bakker, E., E. Entenmann and C. Paulussen. “Dealing with European Foreign Fighters in Syria: Governance Challenges and Legal Implications”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, no. 8 (2013).
Paulussen, C. “The Syrian Foreign Fighters Problem: A Test Case from The Netherlands“, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 2013.
Dorsey, J. and C. Paulussen. “Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terorrism”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, no. 3 (2013).
Paulussen, C. “Testing the Adequacy of the International Legal Framework in Countering Terrorism: The War Paradigm”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism 3, no. 9 (2012).
On the 9 year anniversary of the Westgate attack, this Perspective takes stock of recent political developments and the evolution of the threat from al-Shabaab within both Somalia and Kenya.
This perspective analyses the recent ECtHR ruling and explains its impact on the policy of European countries to repatriate children that are still in the Northeast Syria camps.
This Perspective will assess five common predictions of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan when they took over a year ago and consider whether things turned out as badly as many believed.