Dr. Bérénice Boutin
Dr. Bérénice Boutin is a Research Fellow at ICCT and a Researcher in public international law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, focusing on legal aspects of counter-terrorism and modern warfare. She notably conducts research on counter-terrorism legislation and the protection of human rights (in particular legislation adopted in reaction to the phenomenon of foreign fighters); state responsibility for international law violations in relation to the use of armed drones (in particular situations of complicity); and the use of force against terrorist groups in the territory of a non-consenting state.
She completed her PhD in international law at the University of Amsterdam (2015), with a dissertation on the topic of the responsibility of states and international organisations for violations of international law committed in international military operations. She holds Masters in law from the University of Amsterdam (2010) and from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2008).
Key Publications include:
Van Ginkel, B., and E. Entenmann (Eds.), “The Foreign Fighters Phenomenon in the European Union. Profiles, Threats & Policies”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 7, no. 2 (2016).
The notion of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) is typically associated with the global obligation of states to protect populations from mass atrocities; a principle which was endorsed by the United Nations in 2005. Two decades earlier, Abdullah Azzam’s fatwa Defense of Muslim Lands: The First Obligation After Iman (1984) established what could be described as […]
On 17 February 2015, Shamima Begum (15), Kadiza Sultana (17), and Amira Abase (17), boarded a flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Istanbul. After an in Bayrampasa, Turkey, they got on a bus to Urfa – a town close to the Syrian border. It is thought that they crossed the Turkish-Syrian border and travelled towards […]
As Islamic State (IS) loses control of its so-called Caliphate, the question on what to do with foreign fighters and their families has become more pertinent. The announcement of the US withdrawal from Syria in December, as well as Trump’s tweets mid-February that the US would release 800 fighters captured in Syria if its allies […]