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

To Custom or Not to Custom: A Battle for the Applicable Sources of Law at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers

Introduction Over the past 5 months, the Prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers ('KSC') and defence counsels for multiple accused have been filing submissions on a legal question that is of utmost importance for the work of the Court: to what extent can the KSC apply customary international law (‘CIL’)? A series of jurisdictional motions, the…

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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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