Victoria Kerr LL.M.

Associate Fellow

  • Department:
    Associate Fellows
  • Research strand: In the public interest: accountability of the state and the prosecution of crimes


Victoria is a Consultant and Associate Fellow to the research strand 'In the public interest: accountability of the state and prosecution of crimes. She works primarily on the MATRA-Ukraine project ''Strengthening Ukraine’s Capacity to Investigate and Prosecute International Crimes", a joint initiative of the Asser Institute and Global Rights Compliance (GRC), and the Restoring Dignity and Justice project. 

She is also currently Consultant Legal Officer with REDRESS, working towards financial accountability through asset confiscation and the delivery of reparations to victims of the conflict in Ukraine. She teaches Foundations of International Criminal Law at the University of Dundee.

Victoria is a Scottish solicitor, having spent two years working in private practice in the UK. She holds an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh, with a year spent at Universität Wien in Austria, an LL.M. in Globalisation and Law (specialisation Human Rights) from Maastricht University, and a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DipLP) from the University of Glasgow.

Prior to joining the Asser Institute, Victoria worked for Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights on their UK Military Accountability project, and for GRC, including as part of the Defence team for Jovica Stanišic at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in the Hague. 

Victoria's research interests lie in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law, as well as sanctions, asset confiscation and reparation.


N. Nadery and V. Kerr, 'The Road to Justice: Lessons for Ukraine from the USSR Invasion of Afghanistan', The Security and Human Rights Monitor (2023);

V. Kerr and J.P. Sexton, 'Unpacking the elusive nature of Magnitsky sanctions: human rights and security considerations', European Society of International Law Paper Series (2022).

Kerr, V.M., 2020. Should Forced Marriages be Categorised as ‘Sexual Slavery’ or ‘Other Inhumane Acts’ in International Criminal Law?.  Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, 35(1), pp.1–19. DOI:

Victoria Kerr, Debunking the Role of International Law in the Ukrainian ConflictOpinio Juris, 8 March 2022

Victoria Kerr, 'International law might appear powerless in the Russian war in Ukraine, but it is not', Trouw, 29 March 2022 (in Dutch)

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