Vasiliev, Dr. S.V. (Sergey), LLM

  • Position:Postdoctoral researcher

Curriculum vitae
Sergey Vasiliev is a postdoctoral researcher in international criminal law. He joined the VU Faculty of Law in October 2012. Previously he worked at the University of Amsterdam where he obtained his PhD degree (cum laude) for his thesis International Criminal Trials: A Normative Theory (2014). He also holds an LLM degree in international and European criminal law (Maastricht University, 2005, cum laude). In 2009-2013, Sergey was a (coordinating) member of the International Expert Framework on International Criminal Procedure (IEF) and co-editor of the acclaimed treatise that the expert group produced, International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules (OUP, 2013). His past experiences include consulting organs of international and hybrid criminal tribunals and parties in the proceedings (on an ad hoc basis), as well as providing research support to think-tanks such as the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law and the Hague Institute for Global Justice. Sergey is on the editorial board of the Leiden Journal of International Law. His research interests extend to issues of theory and methodology of international criminal law, comparative international criminal procedure, legal pluralism, and judicial function in international criminal justice.

Education activities
International criminal courts and tribunals (MA)
Master and PhD thesis supervision

Research activities
Sergey is associated with the Faculty programme ‘Empirical and Normative Studies’. He conducts research in the framework of the NWO VIDI-funded projects ‘Dealing with Divergence: National Adjudication of International Crimes’ and ‘Harmonization and Pluralism in International Criminal Law’. His current work focuses, among others, on the institutional, legal-cultural, and normative pluralism in international criminal law. It examines the implications of this phenomenon for the coherence, effectiveness, and legitimacy of international criminal justice, with an emphasis on transjudicial communication as a factor which can perpetuate or constrain the pluralism of international (criminal) law.

International criminal law and procedure, legal theory, comparative law, international law

Main publications

  • S. Vasiliev, International Criminal Trials: A Normative Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • E. van Sliedregt and S. Vasiliev (eds), Pluralism in International Criminal Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • E. van Sliedregt and S. Vasiliev, ‘Pluralism: A Framework for International Criminal Justice’ in E. van Sliedregt and S. Vasiliev (eds), Pluralism in International Criminal Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • G. Sluiter, H. Friman, S. Linton, S. Vasiliev, S. Zappalà (eds), International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • S. Vasiliev, ‘Victim Participation Revisited: What the ICC is Learning about Itself’ in C. Stahn (ed.), The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • G. Acquaviva, N. Combs, M. Heikkilä, Y. McDermott, S. Linton, S. Vasiliev, ‘Trial Process’, in H. Friman, S. Linton, G. Sluiter, S. Vasiliev and S. Zappalà (eds), International Criminal Procedure: Principles and Rules (Oxford University Press, 2013) 489-938
  • S. Vasiliev, ‘Trial’ in L. Reydams, J. Wouters, and C. Ryngaert (eds), International Prosecutors (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • S. Vasiliev, ‘The Trial Process at the ECCC: The Rise and Fall of the Inquisitorial Paradigm in International Criminal Law’, in S. Meisenberg and I. Stegmiller (eds), The Hybrid Contributions of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to International Criminal Law (Berlin: Duncker & Humboldt, 2015)
  • S. Vasiliev, ‘The Making of International Criminal Law’, in C. Brölmann and Y. Radi (eds), The Theory and Practice of International Lawmaking (Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar, 2015)
  • S. Vasiliev, ‘General Principles and Rules of International Criminal Procedure: Definition, Legal Nature and Identification’, in G. Sluiter and S. Vasiliev (eds.), International Criminal Procedure: Towards a Coherent Body of Law (London: CMP Publishing, 2009)
  • S. Vasiliev, 'Proofing the Ban on "Witness Proofing": Did the ICC Get it Right?', (2009) 20 (2-3) Criminal Law Forum 193-261

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Postal address

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam 

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