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 in the Asser research strand 'In the public interest: accountability of the state and prosecution of crimes, working primarily on the MATRA project ''Strengthening Ukraine’s Capacity to Investigate and Prosecute International Crimes", a joint initiative of the Asser Instituut and Global Rights Compliance (GRC). Her work focuses on supporting the Office of the Prosecutor General in Ukraine and several criminal justice actors in investigating, prosecuting and seeking remedies for international crimes. She also contributes to projects in the context of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF).

Victoria is a Scots qualified solicitor, having spent two years working in private practice in the UK. She holds an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh (2015), with a year spent at Universität Wien in Austria (2013-2014), and obtained an LL.M. in Globalisation and Law (specialisation in Human Rights) from Maastricht University (2016). 

Prior to joining the Asser Instituut, Victoria worked for Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, on their UK Military Accountability project, and for GRC on their Mass Starvation project to promote implementation of UN Security Council Resolution S/RES/2417 and pursue accountability, which involved collaboration with one of GRC’s Yemeni partner organisations. She also spent time on the Defence team for Jovica Stanišic at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in the Hague, as well as at the International Bar Association and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre in London. She also currently acts as a Legal Research Supervisor for the Edinburgh International Justice Initiative, supervising a student-led pro bono legal research assistance project.


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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