Dr. Marta Bo LL.M.


  • Department:
    Research Department


Dr Marta Bo is a Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute within the research strand ‘Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European Law’. Marta is also project manager for the Antonio Cassese Initiative and coordinator of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research.


Marta holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Bologna and an LL.M. in public international law from the University of Leiden. She completed her Ph.D. in international law (2015) at the University of Genova on the topic of human rights violations in the current practice concerning the arrest and prosecution of pirates.

Interests and work:

Marta’s areas of interests are international and transnational criminal law, international criminal procedure, human rights law and the law of the sea.

She lectured in several universities, including the University of Amsterdam, the University of Pavia and Bocconi University (Milan).

Marta is a qualified lawyer and she has acquired varied working experience in international criminal tribunals (ICC and ICTY) and NGOs (International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and Antonio Cassese Initiative). She also gives advice on a pro bono basis to the Peace and Justice Initiative, an NGO whose ultimate aim is the universal effective implementation of the ICC Statute.

For the Antonio Cassese Initiative, Marta has developed, coordinated and implemented capacity-building and training projects in international criminal law, international humanitarian law and human rights law.

Finally, Marta is Italian reporter for the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC).

Selected publications:

The Situation in Libya and the ICC’s understanding of Complementarity in UNSC-Referred Cases, in 25 Criminal Law Forum 2014, 505-540;

EU Counter-Piracy Operations and the Protection of Human Rights at Sea, in Scritti di diritto privato europeo ed internazionale 2015, 267-290;

The Interplay Between International Law and National Law in The First Italian Prosecution of Piracy: the M/V Montecristo Case, XXIV Italian Yearbook of International Law 2015, 289-314;

European Court of Human Rights: Hassan and Others v. France and Ali Samatar and Others v. France, 30 The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 2015, 551-558;

Piracy at the Intersection between International and National: Regional Enforcement of a Transnational Crime in H. Van der Wilt (ed.) Legal Responses to Transnational and International Crimes, Towards and Integrative Approach, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 71-91.