Nadia Banteka


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Research interests

Dr. Nadia Banteka is an Assistant Professor in International Law and Victimology at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), Tilburg Law School and a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School. Nadia's research interests concentrate in Public International Law, (International) Criminal Law, Legal Analytics, and Law & Technology . Nadia also has a distinct interest in International Law issues concerning Greece. Nadia is a  scholar focusing on legal analytics aiming to improve the methodological rigor of International Law through the application of interdisciplinary, largely data-driven methods to solve existing problems in the application of international (criminal) justice.  

Nadia has a national, European, and international orientation.  Nadia is rooted nationally in Tilburg Law School and as a researcher in the NWO VIDI project “Assessing the Impact of International Reparative Justice Procedures.”  Nadia also has a wide network of collaborations: In Europe, Nadia has collaborated as a Fellow with the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Germany), Krateros Ioannou Institute for International Law (Greece)(upon nomination), University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre (UK), and Norwegian Centre For Human Rights (Norway). Nadia is also internationally focused with a strong network in the United States stemming from her positions as a Dean’s Scholar at Columbia Law School and University of Pennsylvania Law School, Fellow with the Salzburg Global Seminar, and legal expert with UCLA Law School.  Most recently, Nadia received a NWO Aspasia premium towards serving as a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School to conduct research for her upcoming monograph.  Finally, Nadia has lent her expertise to national governments and think-tanks such as the government of Sierra Leone, and the American Hellenic Institute.

Nadia aims for her work to have a wider impact on the International Law field and in society.  Nadia has been invited as a keynote speaker addressing academic and general audiences on two significant occasions: by the Brazilian National School of Public Administration on its 30thanniversary to canvass the inclining role of non-state actors in global governance and International Law, and by the American College of Greece and the Onassis Cultural Foundation to discuss victimization faced by LGBT refugees. Nadia has also served as an expert, including at a workshop organized by Oxford University and the International Criminal Court Bar Association, on bridging the gap between research and practice in victim participation at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and at an expert meeting at Tilburg Law School (TLS) on responding to victimization in Cambodia and DRC. 

Nadia's research has benefited from a wide range of grants including from: NWO, Columbia Law School, Penn Law School, Max Planck Institute, Charles Koch Foundation, iCourts, Salzburg Global Seminar, P.E.O. International, and Gerondelis Foundation.  Nadia is also a reviewer for the International Review of the Red Cross, and the Eyes on the ICC Journal and serves regularly as a judge at several International Law Moot Court Competitions (Jessup, Telders, ICC).




2019 - 2020: Yale Law School

Visiting Scholar

Worked on upcoming monograph “A Network Theory Approach toInternational Law”. An extraordinary range of international norms are created today by actors and through processes that no longer fit easily within the traditional sources of Public International Law. Although states remain the primary makers of International Law, many other participants including international organizations, courts, as well as influential entities in International Law advocacy, such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and even individuals, are also crucial to the development of international legal norms. One of the problems in contemporary International Law is the disconnect between the way International Law is actually made with the participation of these various actors, on the one hand, and the extensive theoretical focus on states and their effect on the four International Law sources, on the other. While scholars are not blind to this gap, there is, of yet, no formal model integrating these actors into existing frameworks that are theoretically and legally structured only for states. The goal of this book is to provide such a framework of analysis and to introduce a set of tools that will improve our understanding of contemporary International Law making.


2015 - 2016: Columbia Law School

Dean's Scholar in International Law

Developed a research project on the role of non-state actors in International Law formation.  Undertook primarily the quantitative element of the project through data collection, Social Network Analysis configurations, and graphs generation.


2015 - 2016: Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law

Research Fellow in International Criminal Law

Developed a research project on the relationship between the International Criminal Court Assembly of State Parties and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court emphasizing on practice and discourse leading to norm creation and change.


2010 - 2016: The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Lecturer in International Law

Developed and taught (part time) courses in the areas of Public International Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights. Conducted tutoring sessions; supervised senior theses. 


2009 - 2011: International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (I.C.T.Y)

Legal Advisor, Prlic et al Case

Advised Lead Counsel and Client on the basis of individual criminal responsibility and superior criminal responsibility for nine counts of crimes against humanity, eight counts of violations of the laws or customs of war, and eight counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions for alleged crimes in areas in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Nadia has further worked for the American Hellenic Foreign Policy Institute, the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Center, and the Norwegian Center for Human Rights.  


Current courses

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PhD supervision

Co-Promotor, Alina Balta

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Law


  • International Public Law
  • Network International Criminal Law
  • Network Theory
  • International Law
  • Victimology
  • International Criminal Court
  • Social Network Analysis
  • International Relations
  • Global Governance

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Research Output 2014 2019

A network theory approach to global legislative action

Banteka, N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Seton Hall Law Review .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

No longer immune: How network theory decodes normative shifts in personal immunity for heads of state

Banteka, N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Virginia Journal of International Law. 59, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The rise of the extreme right and the crime of terrorism: Ideology, mobilization and the case of golden dawn

Banteka, N., 2019, In : Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. 29, 2, p. 127-163 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

A theory of constructive interpretation for customary international law identification

Banteka, N., 2018, In : Michigan Journal of International Law. 39, 3, p. 301-341 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Consent and intuitions of justice: A comparative analysis of consensual v. non-consensual lawless societies and the implications for criminal law and justice policy

Banteka, N., 2017, Europe in crisis : Crime, criminal justice, and the way forward. Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers, p. 383

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities 2016 2018

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course etc.

Responding to Victimization in Cambodia and the Congo

K. Banteka (Participant)
13 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific

Assessing the impact of international reparative justice procedures

K. Banteka (Invited speaker)
31 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

LGBT refugees: Escaping victimization

K. Banteka (Keynote speaker)
31 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

The Inclining Role of Non-State Actors in Global Governance

K. Banteka (Keynote speaker)
20 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Press / Media

Who owns ancient artifacts?

K. Banteka


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Russia Confirms the UN’S Irrelevance

K. Banteka


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment