Groningen Journal of International Law

International Law Under Construction

About ‘International Law Under Construction’

International Law Under Construction was founded in early 2017, adding to the academic debate with frequent blog posts about topics of international law. The blog aims to effectively contribute to the active advancement of knowledge in society and the promotion of topics and issues revolving around international law for sustainable societies. Furthermore, the blog allows for brief commentaries by readers and scholars and invites for (academic) discussion that can provide inspiration for further research.

Executive Editor: Christian Delev

Christian is currently an LLM candidate at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. HeMeet the team picture - Christian Delev previously graduated summa cum laude from the LLB International and European Law programme at the University of Groningen. He has been a member of GroJIL since 2017 and executive blog editor since September. He has previously worked as research assistant for various departments at the University of Groningen and edited for the Review of European Administrative Law (REALaw) and the Honours Review.

His interests are deeply rooted in International Economic Law, Global Governance, EU law of External Relations, the Law of Treaties and the Theory of International Law. 

Senior Editor: Lieve Cleach


Lieve Cleach studies International and European Law at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Her main interest is public international law, focusing on international organizations and the responsibility of states. She joined GroJIL as a Senior Editor in March 2019.




Senior Editor: Zalikha Younas

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Zalikha Younas has recently graduated from the University of Leeds with an LLB Law degree. Her fields of interest relate to the legality of the use of force in inter-state relations, and international human rights, particularly focusing on issues revolving around the Middle East. Since September 2018, she works as Senior Editor for the blog.


Senior Editor: Nike Köhne


Nike Köhne is a second year LLB International and European Law student at the University of Groningen. Her prime legal interest lie in the field of public international law, particularly international human rights law, refugee and asylum law, and international health law. Next to her studies, she also works as the Director of Tutoring for the European Law Student Association Groningen (ELSA).




Senior Editor: Sara Ikaheimonen

CC7DCFD1-87D2-473F-A067-0D0A77BF8CA8.jpegSara Ikaheimonen is a third year LL.B student at the University of Groningen. She is particularly interested in the fields of corporate law, international economic law and European Union law. Currently, she is completing her semester abroad in Indonesia. Sara is also part of the Editorial team of the Groningen Journal of International Law. 




Editorial Reviewer: Vanessa Hernández

vanessa_picture.jpgAn International criminal lawyer with a special interest and expertise in international criminal law, human rights law, and international humanitarian law, with years of experience in the judicial and criminal field domestically and internationally. She holds an LL.M in Public International Law from Leiden University and a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She was worked on a wide range of human rights issues at the ICC, MICT, UN OHCHR, and Oxford Reports.

Vanessa is currently working as a Human Rights Consultant at the Office of the United Nations the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and as co-author and co-editor of an upcoming book focusing on peace and transitional justice at Emerald Press.

Editorial Reviewer: Joel Joseph


Joel is a recent graduate of Leiden University’s Advanced Masters in Public International Law in the Netherlands. He specialised in international dispute settlement and has a particular interest in transitional justice. Since then, he has been interning for the Case 003 defence team for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He completed his undergraduate law degree at the University of Durham in the UK. He has previously worked in private sector development in Zambia where he received a partial scholarship to undertake the Chartered Management Institute’s Level 5 Certificate in professional consulting.