About me


I joined the Center for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University in November 2014 as its Research Professor in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors. Before that I taught and researched at Universities in the Netherlands, Singapore, Germany, and the UK. I hold a LLB, LLM and Ph.D. in International Law and a M.Sc. in Political Science, which allows me to combine the knowledge and understanding of international politics and public international law.  I research the roles, rights and responsibilities of non-state actors from the perspective of law and politics and focus momentarily on the organisation of security.

My research comprehends a wide spectrum of non-state actors, including armed opposition groups, transnational criminal organizations, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and businesses (including security contractors).  In particularly, I address the delicate balance between the need for societal security and order, and the protection of human security.

Before and during my academic career I have  worked with and within non-governmental organizations in the fields of environment, development and humanitarian aid. On July 1st, 2018 I have partly returned to the NGO World as the Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). The ACUNS Secretariat will be hosted for the next five years by Coventry University and CTPSR. I will keep my academic hat but will combine it with an activist helmet.