Raoul Bessems

Former Intern, Global Governance

Raoul served as an intern in the Global Governance Program in January 2014. Prior to this, Raoul worked at the Political Department of the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. His research focused on cybersecurity, particularly foreign policy aspects in relation to U.S. national security.

Raoul received a LL.M. in Globalization & Law with a major in human rights from Maastricht University. His thesis’s dealt with the fight against international terrorism. Specifically, he analyzed whether international law regards State involvement is a precondition of the right of self-defense against an armed attack by non-state actors. Raoul also holds a LL.B. in Dutch Jurisprudence from Maastricht University and has spent a semester studying at Uppsala University in Sweden. In his free time, Raoul has been actively involved with Model UN, and he is a passionate musician.

Recent Work

Reforming the UN Over a Weekend

Last weekend I had the privilege to preside over a simulation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at Oslo International Model United Nations,…