Dr Tarik Gherbaoui LL.M.


  • Department:
  • Research strand: In the public interest: accountability of the state and the prosecution of crimes
  • Main fields of interest: Counter-Terrorism EU Law International Criminal Law International Human Rights Law Public International Law


Tarik Gherbaoui is a researcher in international law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut where he contributes to several projects in the context of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). Tarik holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College), and a Bachelor of Laws degree (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam, including an Erasmus exchange to the University of Copenhagen.

With the research strand ‘In the public interest: accountability of the state and the prosecution of crimes’, Tarik’s main research interests are focused on international and European efforts to counter terrorism, including in the digital realm. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Martin Scheinin, assessed the consistency of international and domestic legal responses to foreign fighters with the rule of law and human rights. 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 (IALS) in London, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna. Furthermore, he presented his academic work at various international venues, including the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), King’s College London, and Bocconi University. 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 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 commercial law firms.




C. Paulussen and T. Gherbaoui, ‘Trials in Absentia of Foreign Fighters and their Families?’, ICCT Perspective, 1 August 2022, available at: https://icct.nl/publication/trials-in-absentia-foreign-fighters/

T. Gherbaoui and M.Scheinin, 'Time to Rewrite the EU Directive on Combating Terrorism', Verfassungblog, 25 January 2022, available at: https://verfassungsblog.de/time-to-rewrite-the-eu-directive-on-combating-terrorism/

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.

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