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Göran Sluiter has been awarded a Vici Grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his research into secondary liability in connection with serious human rights violations and international crimes. The aim is to adapt the law and practice of indirect liability to what is required for the protection of human rights.

An arms manufacturer who sells weapons to the Assad regime in Syria. A bank that launders profits for organised drug cartels thereby aiding them in realising their criminal aspirations. These are prime examples of secondary liability under international law. This form of liability involves helping others commit unlawful acts. It is important to have adequate secondary liability mechanisms implemented in law, particularly in the event of serious human rights violations and international crimes such as torture and genocide.

Innovative project

Sluiter’s research project 'Rethinking the Outer Limits of Secondary Liability for International Crimes and Serious Human Rights Violations' investigates whether indirect liability is sufficient to constitute a human rights violation. Its aim is to develop a theoretical background for determining the outer limits of the liability of aiders, abettors and those otherwise complicit in committing serious human rights violations. As the first comprehensive analysis of secondary liability in relation to serious human rights violations, the project can rightly be seen as innovative.

About Göran Sluiter

Göran Sluiter was appointed Professor of International Criminal Law (with particular emphasis on International Criminal Procedure) at the University of Amsterdam in March 2016. As of February 2018, he is also a Professor of Criminal Law at the Open University. He carried out a VIDI research project between 2006 and 2011 entitled 'International criminal procedure? In search of General Rules and Principles'. In addition to being a Professor, Sluiter is an attorney at Prakken d' Oliveira, where he is actively involved with a number of prominent cases being heard in such venues as the International Criminal Court and the UN Cambodia Tribunal.