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 Maritime Security Public International Law


Tarik Gherbaoui is a researcher in international law at the Asser Institute 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 in Florence, 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 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. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Martin Scheinin, investigated international and domestic legal responses to foreign fighters. 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 of the University of Vienna. 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. Furthermore, he presented his academic work at various international venues, including at a Global Counterterrorism Forum Workshop, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the LSE, King’s College London, Bocconi University, and Utrecht University. He serves as a senior (external) editor of the European Journal of Legal Studies.

Tarik acquired professional experience at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels and the Embassy of the Netherlands to Serbia and to Montenegro in Belgrade, the Defence Team of Jovica Stanišic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and several international law firms in Amsterdam and London.




T. Gherbaoui and M. Scheinin, 'A Dual Challenge to Human Rights Law: Online Terrorist Content and Governmental Orders to Remove it', European Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 1 (2023), pp. 3-29.

T. Gherbaoui and F. Bakker (Eds), 'Elementary International Law 2023', T.M.C. Asser Press, 5 juli 2023.

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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