Tsvetelina van Benthem

About/Bio

Tsvetelina van Benthem is a DPhil candidate in international law at Merton College, Oxford and a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. She teaches International Law for the Oxford Diplomatic Studies Programme and Master of Public Policy. Tsvetelina is the president of the Bulgarian educational NGO Centre for International Law 'Erga Omnes'. She is a senior legal adviser at The Reckoning Project.

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Targeting mistakes and other unintended engagements in armed conflict: The explosion at Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza

Armed conflicts are marred by misidentifications and miscalculations. Civilians carry the brunt of identification mistakes and faulty military equipment, often being harmed not intentionally, but due to the carelessness of parties to conflict. In the past months, reports of unintended engagements have been particularly frequent. On 5 May, it was announced that Russia has ‘accidentally bombed its…

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Three Legal Questions Arising From Reported Practices of Enforced Disappearance in Russian-Occupied Ukrainian Territories

This week, on August 30, the international community observed the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance. Enforced disappearance places victims outside of the protection of the law in a state of complete vulnerability. It is a fundamental denial of human rights that directly victimises those disappeared, subjects their families to uncertainty…

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The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections in Cyberspace: The Regulation of Ransomware Operations

In the past few months, nothing has reminded everyone of the etymology of the expression ‘computer virus’ like ransomware. This form of malicious code is delivered through a vulnerability in the victim’s system, such as a phishing email or password spraying, infiltrating and potentially crippling it like a disease. Specifically, ransomware is used to encrypt user data and…

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