Jessica Schechinger

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Research title: Regulating Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel Operating at Sea under International Law

Research Summary

Research summary:

Jessica’s PhD research focusses on the regulation of 'privatisation' of security at sea. More specifically, it addresses the scenario where Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) operate at sea, to protect against maritime piracy and violent acts at sea.


Jessica N.M. Schechinger is a PhD candidate in international law and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow. She has also been a research assistant to Professor Christian J. Tams. 

Jessica holds an LLB and an LLM (Public International Law), both from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She also graduated from the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy. Jessica previously worked as a junior researcher in the research project on Shared Responsibility in International Law (SHARES) at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), University of Amsterdam; and as a research assistant at the department of International and European Law at Utrecht University and the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS).

Research interests:

General International Law | International Law of the Sea | Maritime Security | International Responsibility | Shared Responsibility | International Human Rights Law | International Environmental Law | Energy Law



  • J.N.M. Schechinger, Written evidence (UNC0043) - House of Lords, International Relations and Defence Committee inquiry, ‘UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?’, published on 26 November 2021, available at
  • J. Schechinger, ‘An Incident of “Piracy” off the Coast of Suriname? The Definition of Piracy and the Use (and Misuse) of International Law Terminology’ (2019-2020) 6 Maritime Safety and Security Law Journal 20-26
  • J.N.M. Schechinger, ‘Responsibility for Human Rights Violations Arising from the Use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel Against Piracy: Re-emphasizing the Primary Role and Obligations of Flag States’, in C. Ryngaert, E.J. Molenaar and S.M.H. Nouwen (eds.), What’s Wrong with International Law? Liber Amicorum A.H.A. Soons (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 30-47 (published as pre-print paper SHARES Research Paper No. 58 (2014), Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) No. 2014-30, also available at SSRN)
  • A.H.A. Soons and J.N.M. Schechinger, The Netherlands Country Report for the CIL Research Project on International Maritime Crimes (Singapore: Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore, January 2011), pp. 53
  • G. den Dekker and J. Schechinger, ‘The Immunity of the United Nations before the Dutch courts Revisited’, casenote, The Hague Justice Portal, 4 June 2010

Assistant editor:

  • P.A. Nollkaemper and I. Plakokefalos (eds.), The Practice of Shared Responsibility in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 370
  • P.A. Nollkaemper and D. Jacobs (eds.), Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 448
  • P.A. Nollkaemper and I. Plakokefalos (eds.), Principles of Shared Responsibility in International Law: An Appraisal of the State of the Art (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 1152 

Blog posts and research summary:

  • J. Schechinger, ‘The Nave Andromeda and the seven stowaways’, EJIL:Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 12 November 2020
  • J. Schechinger, ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea (Version 1, 5 April 2019) – a contribution to the discussion on human rights in the maritime context’, JCLOS Blog, 6 May 2019
  • J.N.M. Schechinger, ‘2018 European Society of International Law Conference, Manchester, 13-15 September 2018’, University of Glasgow School of Law Blog, 25 October 2018
  • J.N.M. Schechinger, ‘Flag States, Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel and Human Rights Violations at Sea’, Research Summary for (research portal for maritime security), 24 March 2015
  • J. Schechinger, ‘Global health issues and shared state responsibility? The case of Ebola’, SHARES Blog, 6 October 2014
  • J. Schechinger, ‘Protecting the Arctic area – a responsibility of many?’, SHARES Blog, 20 January 2014
  • J. Schechinger, ‘The 2013 Southeast Asia haze – a shared responsibility?’, SHARES Blog, 30 October 2013
  • J. Schechinger, ‘The responsibility of third states concerning the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories’, SHARES Blog, 23 July 2013


  • University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship 
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Visiting Postgraduate Researcher Scholarship 
  • Prize for best poster at the UofG School of Law poster presentation event (2019) 


  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (University of Glasgow, School of Law)
    • Public International Law (LLB) 
    • Advanced International Law (LLB)
  • Widening Participation Postgraduate Tutor (University of Glasgow, External Relations, Top-Up Programme)

Additional Information

  • Co-convenor of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) / Société européenne de droit international (SEDI) Interest Group on the Law of the Sea (2018-present) 
  • Visiting Postgraduate Researcher at the Chair of Professor Jörg Terhechte at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany) (three months)
  • Guest lecturer English for Academic Study (University of Glasgow, School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Summer Pre-sessional Bridging Course: Law)
  • LinkedIn profile 
  • Twitter: @jnmschechinger@esil_lawsea