Biography

Tsvetelina is a DPhil candidate in public international law at Merton College. Her DPhil, supervised by Professor Dapo Akande, focuses on the regulation of accidents and mistakes under the law of armed conflict and international criminal law. She is the first recipient of the James Upcher Memorial Scholarship, established by Fietta LLP and the Oxford University Law Faculty.

Tsvetelina holds law degrees from Sofia University 'St Kliment Ohridski' (LL.M) and the University of Oxford (MJur, Dist; MPhil). She was a Merton Lawyers’ Scholar during her MJur and was awarded the Planethood Foundation Prize for best paper in International Criminal Law and a Merton College prize for her overall performance in the exams.

She leads the Public International Law course for the Diplomatic Studies Programme at the Oxford Department for Continuing Education. Tsvetelina was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Public International Law at the Law Faculty (2019-2020), a tutor in Public International Law at the Stanford in Oxford Program (2017; 2019-2020) and a teacher of Public International Law at the Foundations of Diplomacy Programme (2020; 2021). Tsvetelina organises and teaches on the annual Sofia Summer School on Human Rights, and is the President of the Centre for International Law 'Erga Omnes', Bulgaria.

Tsvetelina is a Research Officer at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), working on the Oxford Process on International Law Protections in Cyberspace.

She co-convenes Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR), and was the Chief Editor of the OTJR Group in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, Tsvetelina co-convened the Public International Law Discussion Group.

In 2019, Tsvetelina interned at the Policy Branch of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (New York) with the generous support of the Global Justice Internship Fund.

Publications

Recent additions

Internet Publication (4)

Chapter (1)

Talita De Souza Dias and T J van Benthem, 'The Presence of the Accused During Trial: Bridging the Gap Between Mandatory Presence and In Absentia Trials' in (ed), (Routledge 2020) (forthcoming)

Journal Article (1)

T J van Benthem, 'Social media actors in the fight against terrorism: technology and its impact on human rights' (2018) Cambridge International Law Journal

Research Interests

Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, Transitional Justice.

Events organised by Tsvetelina van Benthem

Past events

10 May 2021

Monday - 1:00PM

Screening and Discussion: 'Right Now I Want To Scream - Police and Army Killings in Rio'

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Cahal McLaughlin; Siobhán Wills

Speaker Affiliation

Queen's University Belfast; Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University

Venue

Zoom Webinar

26 Feb 2021

Friday - 4:30PM

Mass Atrocity Response in China's Xinjiang Province

Speaker

Federica D’Alessandra; Stephen J Rapp; Kirsty Sutherland; Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

Speaker Affiliation

Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security; US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Prevention of Genocide; Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security; Uyghur Tribunal

Venue

Zoom Webinar

01 Feb 2021

Monday - 1:00PM

The War Lawyers: The United States, Israel and Juridical Warfare

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Craig Jones

Speaker Affiliation

Lecturer in Political Geography, Newcastle University

Venue

Zoom Webinar

25 Jan 2021

Monday - 1:00PM

Political Crimes and Amnesties: Scope and Limitations to Transitions to Democracy

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Renata Barbosa

Speaker Affiliation

Academic Visitor, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford

Venue

Zoom Webinar

18 Jan 2021

Monday - 1:00PM

Transitional Justice Through the Lens of Art

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) Seminar Series

Speaker

Leslie Thomas; Bernadette Vivuya; Nadia Siddiqui

Speaker Affiliation

Founder, ART WORKS Projects; Visual Journalist and Filmmaker; Co-Director, Social Inquiry

Venue

Zoom Webinar

Research projects