Professor of Public International Law
China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS) of Wuhan University


Areas of Expertise
Development of International Law, European Union, Genocide, Human Rights, Human Security, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Human Rights Law, International Law, International Organizations, Millennium Development Goals, Peace and Security, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development, The Responsibility to Protect, Treaties, United Nations

Otto Spijkers is Professor of International Law at the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS) of Wuhan University, and permanent staff member of the International Water Law Academy (IWLA). He is also a member of the Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development of the International Law Association. Prior to joining the IWLA of CIBOS, he was Lecturer of Public International Law at Utrecht University, and researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law.

He was guest lecturer at the Association pour la promotion des droits de l’homme en Afrique centrale (APDHAC) of the Université catholique d’Afrique centrale (Yaoundé, Cameroon) and Leiden University; and he taught a few courses at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael”.

Previously, he was a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden. His doctoral dissertation, entitled The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law, was published with Intersentia in 2011.

He worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant and coordinator for the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, as intern for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and as intern for the Office of Legal Affairs of United Nations Headquarters.

Otto Spijkers studied the basics of international relations at the University of Sussex. He then studied international law at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law (exchange student), and the Hague Academy of International Law (2009 session). He studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française

Recent Publications
The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law (dissertation), Intersentia, 2011.

‘Staatsaansprakelijkheid voor Srebrenica,’ in Overheid en Aansprakelijkheid, 2014.

‘Bystander Obligations at the Domestic and International Level Compared,’ in Goettingen Journal of International Law, Vol. 6, No. 1 (September 2014).

‘Sustainable Development and High Seas Fisheries,’ Utrecht Law Review, Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2013.

‘The Immunity of the United Nations before the Dutch Courts,’ Military Law and the Law of War Review

‘Global values in the United Nations Charter,’ Netherlands International Law Review, vol. 59 (2012), issue 3.


Updated November, 2020