Dr. Bérénice Boutin


  • Department:
    Research Department
  • Main field of interest: Public International Law


Bérénice Boutin is a Researcher in international law at the Asser Institute. She is also a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), and Managing Editor of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (NYIL). Her research focuses on international responsibility, military operations, counter-terrorism, human rights, and new technologies.

Bérénice holds a PhD in international law from the University of Amsterdam (2015), and Masters in law from the University of Amsterdam (2010) and from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2008).


  • Attribution of Conduct in International Military Operations: A Causal Analysis of Effective Control, 18(2) Melbourne Journal of International Law (2017), pp 154–179

  • Targeted Killing of European Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and Iraq, Peace Palace Library Blog (October 2017)

  • Has Countering the Financing of Terrorism Gone Wrong? Prosecuting the Parents of Foreign Terrorist Fighters, ICCT Perspective (October 2017)

  • Case note: The Netherlands v Nuhanovic, Dutch Supreme Court, 6 September 2013, Oxford International Organizations OXIO 231

  • Administrative Measures in Counter-Terrorism and the Protection of Human Rights, 27(1–2) Security and Human Rights (2016), pp 128–147; Asser Research Paper No 2017–1 (April 2017)

  • The European Union’s Policies on Counter-Terrorism: Relevance, Coherence and Effectiveness (co-authored with Wim Wensink, Bas Warmenhoven, Roos Haasnoot, Rob Wesselink, Bibi van Ginkel, Stef Wittendorp, Christophe Paulussen, Wybe Douma, Onur Güven, and Thomas Rijken), Study for the LIBE Committee (February 2017)

  • Administrative Measures against Foreign Fighters: In Search of Limits and Safeguards, ICCT Research Paper (December 2016)

  • Year in Review 2015 (co-authored with Kate Pitcher and Onur Güven), 18 Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (2015), pp 225–286

  • Towards a European Position on the Use of Armed Drones? A Human Rights Approach (co-authored with Christophe Paulussen and Jessica Dorsey), ICCT Report (October 2016)

  • The Use and Abuse of Administrative Measures against FTFs in France, ICCT Perspective (September 2016)

  • From the Bataclan to Nice: A Critique of France’s State of Emergency Regime (co-authored with Christophe Paulussen), 26(2–4) Security and Human Rights (2015), pp 231–238; Asser Policy Brief, 2016-01 (July 2016)

  • The Foreign Fighters Phenomenon in the European Union: Profiles, Threats and Policies (co-authored with Bibi van Ginkel, Eva Entenmann, Grégory Chauzal, Jessica Dorsey, Marjolein Jegerings, Christophe Paulussen, Johanna Pohl, Alastair Reed and Sofia Zavagli), ICCT Report (April 2016)

  • The Role of Control in Allocating International Responsibility in Collaborative Military Operations, Doctoral thesis, University of Amsterdam (October 2015)

  • The Dutch Court Ruling Against the Netherlands over Srebrenica is Consistent with International Law, EUROPP Blog (July 2014)

  • Case note: The Netherlands v Nuhanovic, Dutch Supreme Court, 6 September 2013, Oxford Reports on International Law, ILDC 2061 (NL 2013)

  • Responsibility of the Netherlands for the Acts of Dutchbat in Nuhanovic and Mustafic: The Continuous Quest for a Tangible Meaning for “Effective Control” in the Context of Peacekeeping, 25(2) Leiden Journal of International Law (2012), pp 521–535

  • Responsibility in Multinational Military Operations: A Review of Recent Practice, SHARES Expert Seminar Report (December 2011)