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: Sally Manuela Eshun

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Sally Manuela Eshun is a student at the University of Groningen studying International and European Law and since September the newly appointed executive editor after being senior editor for a year. Her fields of interest lie in public international law, particularly international criminal law, human rights law, customary international law and the law of state immunity. Until recently, she worked for the human rights NGO Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice in The Hague as a legal intern. Before that she worked as a freelance journalist in Germany and filed stories from abroad including Israel and Lebanon.

Senior Editor: Christian Delev

Meet the team picture - Christian DelevChristian Delev is a final year LLB International and European Law student currently on exchange at the University of Edinburgh. His prime academic interests lie in International Economic Law, the Use of Force and State Responsibility. He has been part of the GroJIL team since September 2017 and is now Senior Editor for International Law Under Construction.



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).



Editorial Reviewer: Vanessa Hernández


An 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 at the International Criminal Court 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.