Brussels School of International Studies

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Dr John Heieck

Lecturer of Public International Law and International Diplomatic Law

Brussels School of International Studies


Dr. John Heieck is the Lecturer of Public International Law and International Diplomatic Law at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS).  He also convenes several workshops in the Fundamentals of Dissertation Research program at BSIS.  In addition, John helps coordinate activities of the University of Kent Law School’s Centre for Critical International Law (CeCIL) in Brussels.


John holds a PhD in International Law from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, an LLM in Public International Law from the Leiden University School of Law, a Juris Doctor in Trial and Appellate Advocacy from the Creighton University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame.  He is also a licensed attorney in the state of Nebraska, USA.



Dr. John Heieck’s general research interests are in the areas of public international law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, and space law.  In particular, John’s research is concerned with the duties of the most powerful states to prevent genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.  He is also interested in the developing regulatory framework of the exploration and exploitation of celestial bodies, such as the Moon and asteroids, by private space companies.

Dr. Heieck’s recent publications include ‘The Responsibility Not to Veto Revisited: How the Duty to Prevent Genocide as a Jus Cogens Norm Imposes a Legal Duty Not to Veto on the Five Permanent Members of the Security Council’ in R. Barnes and V. Tzevelekos (eds.), Beyond Responsibility to Protect: Generating Change in International Law (28 March 2016).  The article is available for download on John’s SSRN page:  Dr. Heieck has also contributed several blog posts on the duties to prevent genocide and war crimes to the renowned Opinio Juris blog.  John is currently in the process of publishing his doctoral dissertation, Everything Within Their Power: The P5’s Duty to Prevent Genocide, as a monograph.




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