Joanna Nicholson

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Joanna is a lawyer, and has worked for several years both in private practice and as a public prosecutor.  She holds an LLB from Glasgow University and an LLM in public international law from the University of Oslo.  

Her PhD, written at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, is entitled 'Fighters as Victims in International Criminal Law' and explores the differences which arise in international criminal law if the alleged victim of a crime was a fighter.  

She is currently working as a Post-doctoral researcher at Pluricourts.  Her project explores the rights of the accused in international criminal law and how this impacts upon the legitimacy of international criminal courts and tribunals.

She has taught on the following courses at UiO: International Criminal Law; International Humanitarian Law; Introduction to Human Rights and Human Rights: Institutions and Procedures.

Tags: international criminal law, international humanitarian law, public international law


Joanna Nicholson, Fighting and Victimhood in International Criminal Law (Routledge, 2017)

Joanna Nicholson, Strengthening the effectiveness of international criminal law through the principle of legality, 17(4) International Criminal Law Review (2017) 656-681. 

Nobuo Hayashi and Cecilia M. Bailliet (Editors) and Joanna Nicholson (Assistant Editor), The Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals (Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Joanna Nicholson, 'Is Targeting Naked Child Soldiers A War Crime?' 16 International Criminal Law Review (2016) 131-154.


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  • Nicholson, Joanna (2017). Fighting and Victimhood in International Criminal Law. Routledge.  ISBN 9781138669062.  195 s.

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  • Nicholson, Joanna (2016). Do child soldiers remain civilians? Opinio Juris, 15 February 2016.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2016). Is the requirement that crimes against humanity be committed against a 'civilian population' really necessary? Opinio Juris.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2016). Reflections on the Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Law Conference, Parts I and II, IntLawGrrls.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2016). Report on the 'Pluralist Approaches to International Criminal Justice Conference', Amsterdam 7-8 January, IntLawGrrls.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2016). Sexual violence in international criminal law.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2016). Strengthening the Legitimacy of International Criminal Law through the Principle of Legality.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2016). The Prosecution of Crimes of Sexual Violence in International Criminal Law.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2016). The airstrike killing members of the Syrian armed forces was not an international crime, EJIL Talk, 19 October 2016.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2015). Can War Crimes be Committed by Military Personnel against Members of Non-Opposing Forces?, International Crimes Database Brief.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2015). Fighters as Victims in International Criminal Law. Doktoravhandlinger forsvart ved Det juridiske fakultet, Universitetet i Oslo. 78.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2015). Investigating Crimes against Peacekeepers in the Situation in Georgia, IntLawGrrls.
  • Nicholson, Joanna (2015). The ICC Statute and War Crimes Committed against Members of Non-Opposing Forces, IntLawGrrls.

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