Congratulations Dr Mathias Holvoet

On 2 March 2018, Mathias Holvoet defended his PhD thesis entitled “A policy to commit atrocity, understanding the “policy element” for the purpose of defining crimes against humanity”. His promotors were Prof. dr. P. De Hert and Prof. dr. S. Smis.

As a PhD researcher at the IES, Mathias was affiliated with the Faculty of Law and Criminology.  He was a member of the IES’ Migration, Diversity and Justice Cluster. Within the field of International Criminal Law, his work focused on the law of crimes against humanity, the relationship of International Criminal Law with neighbouring fields such as International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Refugee Law and the continuing relevance of hybrid or internationalized criminal mechanisms within International Criminal Justice.

His work has been published in leading journals in the field of International Criminal Law such as the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the International Criminal Law Review.

His PhD project is one Work Package within a broader research project funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) entitled “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (

The Institute for European Studies would like to congratulate Dr Holvoet for successfully defending his PhD thesis.