Lachezar Yanev

About/Bio

Lachezar Yanev is Assistant Professor at the Criminal Law and Criminology Department of VU University Amsterdam and fellow of the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ). He holds a Ph.D. (Tilburg University, cum laude) and a LL.M. degree in international criminal and human rights law (Utrecht University, cum laude). In 2018, he published his monograph, Theories of Co-Perpetration in International Criminal Law (Brill | Nijhoff). Lachezar Yanev has previously worked as an assistant legal officer in Trial Chamber II of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Recently Published

The Dutch Prosecution’s Opening Statement in the MH-17 Trial: What Lies Beyond the Horizon?

On 9 March 2020, the Dutch Prosecution made its opening statement in the much anticipated MH-17 Trial, dealing with the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine and the deaths of its 298 passengers. In doing so, the Prosecutor Ward Ferdinandusse shed light on some of the legal questions that arose…

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A “Schrödinger’s Cat” Moment for Co-Perpetration Liability? The Yekatom and Ngaïssona Decision on the Confirmation of Charges

On 11 December 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber (PTC) I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed, in part, the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the case against Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona. The (highly) redacted version of the Decision was published on 20 December 2019. So far, it has received little attention in scholarly…

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