International humanitarian law
“War is so unjust and ugly that all
who wage it must try to stifle the
voice of conscience within themselves”
This practice group brings together the expertise of Böhler’s lawyers in the fields of international criminal law and international humanitarian law. We represent both suspects and victims of international crimes. Böhler is the only firm in the Netherlands to specialise in this combination of legal fields. Given that many international tribunals and procedures are located in The Hague, Böhler is uniquely positioned to provide fast and high-quality services in this rapidly-developing area of international law.
Böhler has an unparalleled international reputation in the field of international humanitarian law. Our lawyers work as defence counsel on behalf of the suspected perpetrators of international crimes, in both the Netherlands and at several international tribunals, including the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. We also represent victims of international crimes: the firm was involved with the representation of Kenyan victims before the International Criminal Court, and represented the victims of the Srebrenica Massacre in Dutch legal proceedings. In addition, our lawyers advise numerous non-governmental organisations within and beyond the Netherlands on issues relating to international humanitarian and criminal law.
Liesbeth Zegveld, Michiel Pestman, Victor Koppe, Marieke van Eik, Göran Sluiter, Tamara Buruma, Brechtje Vossenberg