Professor Dr. Eric P.J. Myjer

Prof. Myjer is Professor of Conflict and Security Law within the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University and co-editor in chief of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law. He is a member of the Committee on the Use of Force of the International Law Association and a judge (locum) on the Hague Court of Appeal. From 2008-2011 he was the coordinator for University of Utrecht of the research project Regulating Privatisation of “war”: the role of the EU in assuring compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights (Priv-War) funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union. He has published widely on issues in the area of conflict and security law with special emphasis on arms control law. In addition, he previously worked as a diplomat, focused on issues of arms control law, within the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a practicing lawyer. See Professor Myjer's Utrecht University Profile.



Tom Coppen

Tom Coppen received his LLM at the Radboud University Nijmegen and studied International Relations at the University of Cape Town. Currently he is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, specialising in international arms control law. He researches ways to adapt the nuclear non-proliferation regime to prevent the emergence of new nuclear-weapon states as part of a large interdisciplinary research-project of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tom Coppen is also involved in a project on national and international legislation on nuclear security at the Centre for Conflict and Security Law.


Jonathan Herbach

Jonathan Herbach is a lecturer in public international law and a research fellow specializing in nuclear security and arms control law. In preparation for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague, he advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands on issues related to the international legal framework for nuclear security. He has authored several papers, reports and publications on nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation, and has presented research at various international conferences and expert meetings, including the 2013 "International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts" and the 2014 Nuclears Knowledge Summit (the Nuclear Security Summit expert side event). He is also a member of the Nuclear Security Working Group of the International Nuclear Law Association. He has previously conducted extensive research into the legal regime pertaining to biological weapons and ways to prevent the acquisition and malicious use of biological agents by terrorist groups, as well as having assistant edited the book Chemical Weapons Convention: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2014). 

Dr. Olivier Ribbelink

Olivier Ribbelink studied international relations and international law at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1997, he has been a Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, and since 2010 Associate Professor in International Law at the Utrecht University School of Law. His expertise includes inter alia general international law, international institutional law, state succession, and the law of outer space. He was e.g. the project-coordinator of the 2007 Handbook International Law, and Head of the Research Team in the AGIS project on the European Arrest Warrant of the TMC Asser Institute for the European Commission. He is Board Member of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, and Research Fellow of the ICCT (International Center Counter Terrorism – The Hague). From 1992-2008 he served as Secretary-General of the Alumni Association of the Hague Academy of International Law.


Dr. Paul Rusman

Paul Rusman is a senior lecturer and researcher in international relations (specialized in war and peace) at Utrecht University and at the University of Groningen. He has published widely on international security affairs, especially on arms control, the arms trade and defence policy. Recent publications include work on democracy and foreign policy, nuclear proliferation, space weapons and the nexus of weapons procurement and strategy. He is on the editorial board of 'Vrede en Veiligheid' (Peace and Security). He directs the Washington programme of the Faculty of Law and the Universitaire Vredesdagen.