​Tom Buitelaar


Tom Buitelaar’s research focuses on global governance, including UN reform, the role and operation of international legal institutions (ICC, ICTY, ICTR) in conflict situations, human security, countering violent extremism, and employment. His work also focuses on the role of international interventions in promoting stability in (post-)conflict zones.

Tom Buitelaar is involved in projects that look at the link between employment and stability, radicalization, and the effects of international criminal justice on peace.  In general, Tom is interested in what drives behavioral change and how outside interventions can influence these processes.

Tom obtained his Master’s degree in International Relations from Utrecht University (cum laude) and in Military History from the University of Amsterdam (cum laude). He specialized in criminological and psychological perspectives on the deterrent effect of international legal sanction threats, with a focus on the ICC and ICTY.

Tom followed courses on strategy at the Netherlands Royal Armed Forces Staff School and completed a research internship at the Netherlands Institute of Military History.

Topical and Regional Expertise: UN Reform; International Criminal Court; International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; Criminology; South Sudan; International criminal justice


Languages SPoken

  • Dutch
  • English

Current Projects

Completed: Employment for Stability

The project seeks to analyze the interrelated economic outcomes and opportunities in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia and Liberia and how aid interventions may improve both development…


Recent Work

Do All Roads Lead to Rome?

Dr. Aaron Matta and Tom Buitelaar published a guest post on Opinio Juris, a leading international law blog. Their analysis focuses on the legal and…