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. From 2018 untill 2020 I partly returned to the NGO world as the Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). It was an experience beyond words. Could make a marvelous basis for a semi-fictive novel.