The Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher (TOAEP) draws on the FICHL Advisory and Editorial Boards, Scientific Advisers, and professional contractors in its work. Morten Bergsmo is the responsible Editor-in-Chief of TOAEP, working with a team of editors and editorial assistants:

Antonio Angotti

Antonio Angotti practices law in a law firm in Florence, Italy, concentrating on cases pertaining to refugee, criminal and civil law. He holds a law degree from the University of Florence and an LL.M. degree from the Dickinson School of Law. He has worked for Avocats Sans Frontiérés in Brussels and is a regional director for the Foundation for Law and International Affairs. His main academic interests are international human rights and criminal law and discrimination against women, particularly within Shari'a law.

Olympia Bekou is Professor of Public International Law and Head, International Criminal Justice Unit, University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. A qualified lawyer, she specialises in international criminal law. She has undertaken numerous capacity-building missions, including in post-conflict situations (such as Uganda, the DRC and Sierra Leone), has provided legislation drafting assistance to Samoa and Jamaica, and has been involved in training the Thai judiciary. She is responsible for the National Implementing Legislation Database (NILD) of the ICC Legal Tools Project and has taught extensively worldwide. In 2014, she was awarded the University of Nottingham Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Award for Societal Impact in Social Sciences for her work ‘Fighting Impunity through Technology: Strengthening the Capacity of National and International Criminal Justice Institutions to Investigate and Prosecute the Most Serious International Crimes’. In 2015-16, she was recognised as an impact leader under ESRC’s Impact Leaders Programme.

Mats Benestad

Mats Benestad works at the Norwegian Embassy in Vienna/Norwegian delegation to the United Nations in Vienna. He was priciously an adviser in the Legal Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before joining the Norwegian foreign service, Mr. Benestad worked for the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime in Tehran and Vienna. He holds a law degree from the University of Bergen, specialising in international law (American University, Washington, D.C.) and international criminal law (University in Oslo). He did his master thesis on prosecutorial discretion at the ICC. 

Alf Butenschøn Skre

Senior Executive Editor
Alf Butenschøn Skre holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a law degree from the University of Oslo. He works for a leading law firm in Oslo. He has previously served at PRIO, the International Criminal Court’s Legal Tools Project, the Norwegian Embassy in The Hague, the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security, and the Parliament of Norway. He supports CILRAP in various ways, including as FICHL Executive Adviser and Secretary of the M.C. Bassiouni Justice Award Committee.

Eleni Chaitidou

Eleni Chaitidou works as a Legal Officer in the Pre-Trial and Trial Divisions of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Before joining the Court in 2006, she worked for several years at the Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität of Munich in the fields of public international and European Community law. Ms. Chaitidou has lectured and published extensively in international criminal law. She obtained the First and Second State Examinations in Law in Germany.

Wui Ling is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS)'s Faculty of Law. She was educated at National University of Singapore (LL.B., LL.M.), Harvard Law School (LL.M.), European University Institute (Diploma in Human Rights Law, one of two diplomas awarded), and Oxford University (D.Phil.). She is a qualified lawyer, called to the New York Bar, and has a diploma in arbitration, from Queen Mary, University of London. For her postgraduate studies, she was recipient of a NUS scholarship and the Kathryn Aguirre Worth Memorial Scholarship. Prior to entering academia, she served as a legal officer at Interpol's General Secretariat (Lyon, France) where she specialized in international criminal law and cross-border police co-operation. She has also worked at the Serious Crimes Unit of Timor Leste and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague). In 2011, she was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. Her research and publications focus on international criminal law, human rights law, and criminal justice. Wui Ling has taught at the Centre of Transnational Legal Studies (London), Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France), Oxford University (UK), and Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia).

FAN Yuwen

FAN Yuwen holds a LL.B. degree from China University of Political Science and Law, and a M.A. degree in International Law from Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She is currently a doctoral candidate in International Law at Peking University, China. During her studies, she participated in the Human Rights Master Programme cooperated by the Research Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the Peking University Law School (PULS) and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of Lund University, Sweden (RWI). She is also an editor of Peking University International and Comparative Law Review.

Håkan Friman

Editor (January 2012 – October 2016)
Håkan Friman passed away prematurely in October 2016. He had been a strong supporter of the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher and its publishing programme since 2012. He had long been involved in international criminal law, particularly the ICC-negotiations in which he played a prominent role since 1996, often working very closely with common law delegates despite his civil law background. He served as a Senior Judge and Head of Division in Solna District Court outside Stockholm. Before this appointment, he was Deputy Director-General in the Swedish Ministry of Justice, heading the Division for Criminal Cases and International Judicial Cooperation, and later the Division for Criminal Law. He has also been Visiting Professor at University College London, Faculty of Laws, E.o. Professor at University of Pretoria, Department of Procedural Law, and a visiting scholar at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was involved in the promotion of ratification and implementation of the ICC Statute in many countries, and in other rule of law projects in South Africa and elsewhere. He lectured regularly and published extensively in international criminal law, including the co-authored book 'An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedures' (Cambridge University Press, published in several editions). He was on the Editorial Board of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights and a board member of the International Bureau for Childrens Rights. Judge Friman was widely appreciated for his kind and helpful disposition.

Gareth Richards

Senior Editor
Gareth Richards is the founding-director of Impress Creative & Editorial (involved in diverse areas of book production and publication) and founder of Gerakbudaya Bookshop, Penang, Malaysia. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Wales and M.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Manchester. He previously taught international politics, political economy and development studies at the University of Manchester, University of the Philippines and University of Malaya, and worked as a senior research officer for the Attorney General of Malaysia’s Chambers. He is the co-editor of Asia–Europe Interregionalism: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 1999) and author of Portraits of Penang: Little India (Areca Books, 2011), as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles and working papers in global political economy, democracy and civil society, the politics of global governance, and culture.

SONG Tianying

SONG Tianying has been working as legal officer in the Regional Delegation for East Asia of the International Committee of the Red Cross since 2011. She holds a Master Degree in International Law (2013) and a Bachelor Degree in Law (2010) from China University of Political Science and Law. She passed the National Judicial Exam in 2009. As an intern, Tianying has worked in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the Department of Judicial Assistance and Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Justice of China, and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. She represented China in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2009) and in the International Air Law Moot Court Competition (2012). She was oralist of the winning team of the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot in China (2008).

ZHANG Yueyao

ZHANG Yueyao, a doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, holds an LL.B. degree from Peking University, and LL.M. degrees from Peking University and UC Berkeley, specializing in public international law and commercial law respectively. She participated in the Human Rights Master Programme of the Research Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the Peking University Law School (PULS) and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of Lund University, Sweden (RWI).

Nikolaus Scheffel

Nikolaus Scheffel pursues his Ph.D. and works as a Research Assistant at the Chair of Public and European Law, Prof. Dr. Calliess, at Free University Berlin, where he obtained his first law degree. He passed his first state exam in Berlin in 2015. As an intern, he has worked for the Permanent Representation of Germany to the FAO, WFP and IFAD in Rome as well as the public prosecution service of Berlin.

Pauline Brosch

Editorial Assistant
Pauline Brosch studied law at Free University of Berlin and Sorbonne University in Paris where she specialized in public international law and European law. She holds an LL.M. from New York University School of Law in International Legal Studies. At NYU, she focused on human rights and international criminal law and was involved in a research project on business and human rights in co-operation with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. She has interned with the German Embassy in the United States and worked as a freelance journalist for a local newspaper. She has also worked as a student assistant at Free University and a research assistant in the litigation department of a major German law firm.

CHAN Ho Shing Icarus

Editorial Assistant
CHAN Ho Shing Icarus is currently reading law and Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interest spans across public international law as well as issues arising out of the Japanese war crimes trials.

Marquise Lee Houle

Editorial Assistant
Marquise Lee Houle holds a Master’s degree in Criminal law from Peking University, degrees in Québec Civil law (LL.B.) and Canadian Common law (BCL) from McGill University in Montreal and a DCS in Liberal Arts. She is also certified to practice law in the State of New York. Her professional interests are international criminal law, the laws of war, and history. She currently works for the Canadian Department of National Defence as an Analyst. She speaks English, French and Mandarin.

SIN Ngok Shek Siegfried

Editorial Assistant
SIN Ngok Shek Siegfried is a candidate at the University of Helsinki's Master's degree programme in International Business Law and Public International Law (MICL), specializing in Public International Law. He is Editor-in-Chief of ALSA Law Review and Asian Journal of Legal Studies and has published several articles on legal questions. He participated in the 2016 International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition as a member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong team.

Moritz Thörner

Moritz Thörner is a doctoral candidate of law in Berlin. He graduated from law school at Free University Berlin, specializing in public international and European law, and holds an LL.M. from the College of Europe (Bruges). He has served as student assistant at a chair for public international and public law at Free University Berlin, and as an intern at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the legal section of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York.

Genevieve Zingg

Editorial Assistant
Genevieve Zingg is a researcher specializing in international human rights law, criminal law, and refugee and asylum law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Toronto and has interned with an international humanitarian NGO in Geneva and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York. She has completed fellowships for the NATO Council of Canada and the Institute of European Democrats in Brussels. She is currently a 2016 EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellow and a research affiliate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.