Tarik Gherbaoui LL.M.


  • Department:
  • Section: Public International Law/International Humanitarian Law/International Criminal Law
  • Main fields of interest: Counter-Terrorism International Criminal Law International Human Rights Law Law of the European Union Public International Law


Tarik Gherbaoui is a researcher in international law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut within the research strand 'Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European Law' where he contributes to various projects in the context of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF).

Tarik is currently completing his doctorate at the Law Department of the European University Institute in Florence. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Martin Scheinin, investigates legal responses to foreign fighters at the international, European, and domestic level. His thesis assesses the consistency of legal measures aimed at foreign fighters with the rule of law and human rights. His wider research interests include counter-terrorist operations in the digital realm, the role of the UN Security Council in countering terrorism, and the development of EU counter-terrorism law. He has presented his academic work at various international venues, including the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, King’s College London, the University of Cambridge, and Bocconi University in Milan. During the academic year 2019-2020, Tarik was awarded a ‘re:constitution Fellowship’ by the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin to conduct a research project on the deprivation of citizenship in the counter-terrorism context.

He holds a Master of Laws degree from Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, a Master of Laws degree from the European University Institute, and a Bachelor of Laws degree (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. He also read law at the University of Copenhagen as an Erasmus exchange student. Tarik was a visiting researcher at the Law Department at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna. He  also serves as a senior editor of the European Journal of Legal Studies.

Tarik acquired professional experience in the field of diplomacy as a Blue Book trainee at the European External Action Service (EEAS) and as an intern at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Serbia and in Montenegro. He also completed internships with the Defence Team of Jovica Stanišic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and with several international law firms.





T. Gherbaoui, ‘Criminalising Foreign Fighter Travel in order to Prevent Terrorism in Europe: An Illegitimate Assault on Human Dignity?’, in: C. Paulussen and M. Scheinin (eds.), Human Dignity and Human Security in Times of Terrorism (T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer Verlag, 2020), pp. 241-267. 


T. Gherbaoui, ‘Book Review: Manfred Weber and Anne Charbord (eds): Using Human Rights to Counter Terrorism (Edward Elgar 2018)’, European Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 11:2 (2019), pp. 163-171.