The objective of the Foundation is to advance a multidisciplinary understanding of International Criminal Justice delivered by courts, truth commissions and in other ways. The Foundation seeks to achieve its goals through training and education programmes, together with other activities,
which embrace legal, historical, political and sociological disciplines and their respective methodologies. It operates with students, researchers and academics of these disciplines from different countries, studying and working together.
Master Classes take place annually under the general title “Law, History, Politics, and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities” with different specific programmes for each year.
Policy and Program Plan
Each year public debates will be organized on topics dealing with mass atrocities. The Foundation will work in cooperation with partner organisations such as University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Gresham College ( United Kingdom ), the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights ( Serbia ) and others.
A multi-disciplinary approach will be encouraged in teaching and research by those working with the Foundation on topics of legal, political, diplomatic and military responses to mass atrocities.
Research topics will focus on the questions that arise for post-conflict societies out of trials of individuals for mass atrocities; including:
Proceedings of Master Class lectures and conferences will be published as online reports and in book formats.
Contacts will be established and maintained with victims of mass atrocities , policy makers and international organizations in order to further awareness of the possibilities of the mechanism of restorative and retributive justice.
The members of the Board will not receive salary for performance of their duties. They have the right to be reimbursed of expenses incurred on Foundation business. The directors of the Foundation will receive salaries in accordance with Dutch Vereniging Fondswervende Instellingen (VFI).
Dr. Nevanka Tromp
Executive Director, Chairperson
Nena Tromp’s expertise is in the study of political violence committed through mass atrocities and in Transitional Justice in post-conflict societies. Since 1992 she has been a lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Between 2000 and 2012 she was a member of the Leadership Research Team (LRT) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and from 2000 to 2006 was the principle researcher in the team prosecuting Slobodan Milošević, the former President of Serbia. Between 2012 and 2103 she was attached at the Dutch Institute for War Documentation.
Sir Geoffrey Nice
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practiced as a barrister since 1971. He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court. He works for several related NGO’s and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues. He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries.
After a career as a Yugoslav diplomat Sonja Biserko became a human rights activist. During the Balkan wars of the 1990s she was one of the most influential anti-war voices in the region. In 1994 she became the President of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of Serbia. She received worldwide recognition for her work and has received, among many other awards: the Weimar Award; the Eitinger Award of Oslo University; Honorary Citizenship of Sarajevo; Mother Tereza medal for humanitarian activities, She was nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize under the nomination 1,000 Women. Her work is not limited to the Balkan region, but extends to other crisis areas. In 2013 was appointed a Member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. The Report was completed and published in 2014.
Nita has received her bachelor's degree in law at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. During her studies, she has also studied International Relations at Beira University, Portugal. Nita is co-founder of the Sense Cyber Research Center/NGO, with the mission to raise the awareness of physical and legal persons on the importance of specific topics related to cybernetics, including data privacy, intellectual property, identity theft, and financial crimes. She has also been part of various USAID-funded projects aiming to reduce corruption and improve businesses by promoting Commercial Law. Later, in 2019 Nita joined the Geoffrey Nice Foundation, where she generates all the communication activities of the GNF.
Bestar has received his bachelor's Degree in art and science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Despite his young years, he was involved in various projects focusing on cybersecurity, video & photo production, youth unemployment & promoting the cultural diversity of Kosovo.
Programme Manager 2015 -2017
Clara-Lou Michal is originally from Paris, France where she undertook a Bachelor degree, at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, in History and English. She completed her Bachelor degree at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), following an Erasmus Program. She further continued at the UvA with a Master of Arts degree in Russian and East European Studies, from which she graduated in January 2017. During her MA, Clara-Lou specialized in Russian foreign policy and Transitional Justice mechanisms in the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her MA thesis dealt with the complicated issue of Retributive Justice in BiH, with a focus on a small local community named Žepa. In that respect, she undertook fieldwork in Eastern Bosnia during the Summer of 2016. From her student days, Diana started working in various fields in Croatia, The Netherlands and Belgium. Over the years she has covered a variety of fields from political science, law, social issues and business strategies. She holds two Master Degrees from the University of Zagreb and From Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Programme Director 2016 - 2018
Marie-Ursula Kind completed her training as a lawyer and attorney at law in Zürich (CH) and Cambridge (UK). From 2000 until 2007, she worked as Legal Officer and Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and from 2007 to 2010 was the Team Leader of the ICTY OTP Transition Team managing transitional justice projects. In October 2010, she joined the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUPM) as Senior Criminal Justice Expert and from May 2012 until July 2013 worked as Program Manager with Justice Rapid Response (JRR) in Geneva. As Senior Adviser on Transitional Justice she advised the Inter Ministerial Working Group on Dealing with the Past and Reconciliation in Kosovo from June 2014 until July 2016, seconded by the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding and working out of the joint UNDP, OHCHR and UN Women project Support to Transitional Justice in Kosovo.
Programme Manager 2014-2015
Emma Bennis studied European Studies (BA) and history (MA) at the University of Amsterdam. Mostly concerning herself with topics on identity and nation building in post conflict societies. In 2012, Emma did an internship at the Netherlands Helsinki Committee where she helped organize their 25th anniversary conference aimed to shed light on the developments and trends in human rights and their protection in Europe. In 2014 Emma went to Indonesia as entrepreneur for Entrepreneurs For Future Asia, a non-profit organisation that focuses on improving the future of unprivileged children. She set up a English teaching program still up and running to this day. After returning she started her Masters and meanwhile also began at the Geoffrey Nice Foundation. She helped organise and prepare the Master Class on Law, History, Politics and Society: 20 years after Srebrenica. After the Master Class she went to South Africa to write her thesis about media interpretation and identity formation in South Africa. Currently, Emma is working as junior advisor at Diversion, a social enterprise.
Outreach Consultant 2018 - 2019
Nikolai Markov, originally Bulgarian but born in Münster, Germany, is a Bachelor's student in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He specialised in Eastern European Studies and wrote his thesis on the memory of the former concentration camp Jasenovac, Croatia. In September 2018 he started as the new Outreach Consultant in the Geoffrey Nice Foundation. Currently he is following the Dual Master in Heritage and Memory Studies at the University of Amsterdam.
Originally from France, Lucie Tafforin studied European Studies (BA) at the University of Amsterdam. She specialised in Eastern European Studies and wrote her thesis on the Sarajevo Women's Court as a transitional justice mechanism. She joined the Geoffrey Nice Foundation in September 2019.
Staff 2015 - 2016
From her student days, Diana started working in various fields in Croatia, The Netherlands and Belgium. Over the years she has covered a variety of fields from political science, law, social issues and business strategies. She holds two Master Degrees from the University of Zagreb and From Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.