Tom de Boer
‘Wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth’
Juror #8, 12 Angry Men

Tom de Boer (1984)

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Tom de Boer specializes in international law and liability for human rights violations. It is his conviction that the law should protect the individual and not the establishment. He has particular affinity with civil procedures that touch upon refugee law (including unlawful expulsion, refoulement). Tom has graduated with distinction in History, Law, and Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam, and also studied at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Cape Town. He has published several articles in international law journals. 

Lawyer since 2015



  • European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, 'Review: Hathaway & Foster, The Law of Refugee Status, Second Edition'  (Vol. 2:3, 2015) pp. 169-175 (link)  
  • International Journal of Refugee Law , 'ICC Witnesses and Acquitted Suspects Seeking Asylum in the Netherlands: An Overview of the Jurisdictional Battles between the ICC and Its Host State', with Marjoleine Zieck (Vol. 27:4, 2015) pp. 573-606 (link)
  • Journal of Refugee Studies: 'Closing Legal Black Holes' (Vol. 28:1, 2015) pp. 118-134 (link)  
  • Melbourne Journal of International Law: 'From Internment to Resettlement of Refugees: On US Obligations Toward MeK Defectors in Iraq', with Marjoleine Zieck (Vol. 15; 2014) pp. 21-108  (link)
  • LJIL Symposium Vol. 25-2: Beyond Constitutionalism: 'How Radical Pluralism Bites its Own Tail' (2012) (link)  
  • Leiden Journal of International Law: 'The Limits of Legal Pluralism' (Vol. 25:2; 2012) pp. 543-556 (link)  
  • University College Dublin Law Review: 'United Nations Anti-Terrorism Resolutions: Ramifications for the Rule of Law' (Vol. 11; 2011) pp. 35-65 (link)