Jessica Schechinger



PhD Title

Private (Armed) Security Actors in the Contemporary Fight against Maritime Piracy: Issues of International Responsibility


Professor Christian J. Tams
Professor Robin Geiss


Jessica N.M. Schechinger is a PhD candidate in International Law at the University of Glasgow. She is also a research assistant to Professor Christian J. Tams.

Jessica holds an LLB in Law and an LLM in Public International Law, both from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She also obtained a Diploma from the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy. Jessica has 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).

She is a member of the Research Group on International Law, Conflict and Security at the University of Glasgow School of Law; the Glasgow Human Rights Network; the European Society of International Law (ESIL) (including Interest Group on International Human Rights Law & IG on International Business and Human Rights & IG on the Law of the Sea); the International Law Association (ILA); and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht (KNVIR). 'She is also a member of the Coordinating Committee of the ESIL Interest Group on the Law of the Sea (2018-).

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Twitter account: @jnmschechinger

Research Interests

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


College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship 



  • 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)
  • 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)
  • P.A. Nollkaemper and D. Jacobs (eds.), Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • 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) 

Blog posts and research summary

  • 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