Tom de Boer
‘Wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth’
Juror #8, 12 Angry Men

Tom de Boer (1984)

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Tom de Boer specializes in international law and liability for human rights violations. It is his conviction that the law should protect the individual and not the establishment. He has particular affinity with civil procedures that touch upon refugee law (including unlawful expulsion, refoulement). He works from the belief that just law protects the individual and not the established order.  Tom has graduated with distinction in History, Law, and Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam, and also studied at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Cape Town. He has published several articles in  international law journals. 

Lawyer since 2015



  • Journal of Refugee Studies: 'Closing Legal Black Holes', Tom de Boer (October 2014) (link)  
  • Melbourne Journal of International Law: 'From Internment to Resettlement of Refugees: On US Obligations Toward MeK Defectors in Iraq', Tom de Boer and Marjoleine Zieck (nr. 15; 2014) pp. 21-108  (link)
  • LJIL Symposium Vol. 25-2: Beyond Constitutionalism: 'How Radical Pluralism Bites its Own Tail', Tom de Boer (2012) (link)  
  • Leiden Journal of International Law: 'The Limits of Legal Pluralism' Tom de Boer (nr.  25:2; 2012) pp. 543-556 (link)  
  • University College Dublin Law Review: 'United Nations Anti-Terrorism Resolutions: Ramifications for the Rule of Law', Tom de Boer (nr. 11; 2011) pp. 35-65 (link)