James Patrick Sexton LL.M.

Junior Researcher

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


James Patrick Sexton is a junior researcher in public international law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut within the research strand: 'In the Public Interest: Accountability of the State and the Prosecution of Crimes'. In this role, James contributes to several projects in the context of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), namely the Maritime Security and Terrorist Travel Initiative.

James holds an LL.M. in Public International Law (cum laude) from Leiden University (2021) and an LL.B. in Scots Law (first-class honours) from the University of Glasgow (2020), the latter of which included a year of study at the University of Copenhagen (2018-2019). Prior to his current role at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, James was a legal intern on the MATRA Project 'Strengthening Ukraine's Capacity to Investigate and Prosecute International Crimes' and was the editorial assistant for the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law

James also previously worked at the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum’s International Humanitarian Law Clinic, first as a student researcher and then as a junior supervisor. In these capacities, James contributed to the research project 'IHL in Action: Respect for the Law on the Battlefield' carried out in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

James' primary reserach interestes lie within the law of armed conflict, international criminal law, sanctions, and the (international) legal aspects of countering terrorism, particularly racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism.


Conference Papers: 

  • Victoria Kerr and James Patrick Sexton, 'Human Rights and Security: Unpacking the Elusive Nature of Magnitsky Sanctions', presented at the European Society of International Law's Research Forum 'International Law and Global Security: Regulating an Illusion?' (March-April 2022). 

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