Desislava Stoitchkova holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in Social Sciences, with a focus on law and politics, and a Masters degree (cum laude) in international and European law, both obtained at Utrecht University. As a doctoral researcher at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology (2006-2010), she taught courses on international criminal law, acted as an ICC correspondent for the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights and was a supervisor in the Utrecht Law School Clinic on Conflict, Human Rights and International Justice.
In addition, she published on topics of human rights law and international criminal law and procedure, including as a contributor to the “Annotated Leading Cases of the International Criminal Tribunals” series.
Previously she worked at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (2004-2006) and was involved in a human rights training programme for magistrates and public prosecutors in Bulgaria. She also provided specialised legal advice to defence lawyers litigating ECHR-related cases before domestic courts at the district and appellate level, and extended consultancy services in relation to international human rights law to non-governmental organisations operating both in the Netherlands and abroad.
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