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Sofia Stolk





Sofia Stolk is a researcher in the Dispute Settlement and Adjudication strand at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. She is also affiliated to the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law (VU Amsterdam) and Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool Law School (University of Liverpool). She pursued her PhD in International Law at VU Amsterdam. In April 2017, she defended her dissertation entitled ‘A Solemn Tale of Horror: the Opening Statement of the Prosecution in International Criminal Trials’ (cum laude). She holds a BA in Linguistics and Phonetics (Utrecht University, 2010, cum laude), and an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights (Utrecht University, 2011).


Her current research project is entitled ‘Justice needs to be seen to be done’: The International Legal Landscape in a Visual Age’. She studies the use of visual means within international courts and tribunals (specifically the International Court of Justice) and the proliferation of images about international law. The research focuses specifically on the actors and activities in The Hague, the ‘City of Peace as Justice’, as a physical and virtual international law hub.


She previously published pieces on the (visual) narratives of international courts in e.g. London Review of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law and Law, Culture and the Humanities.


Sofia has taught courses in Public International Law, International Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Linguistics at VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam University College and Utrecht University. Previously, she worked for the Movies that Matter Foundation and coordinated, amongst other things, the Camera Justitiaprogram on law and social justice at the annual Movies that Matter film festival in The Hague in 2017.





Stolk, S. (2018) ‘Imagining Scenes of Mass Atrocity from Afar: Maps and Landscapes at the International Criminal Court’, London Review of International Law.


Stolk, S, and W. Werner (2018, forthcoming) 'Moving Images: The Representation of the International Criminal Court in Documentary Film and Promotional Streaming', in Kevin Jon Heller, Jens Ohlin, Sarah Nouwen, Frederic Mégret and Darryl Robinson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law (Oxford University Press).


Stolk, S. (2017) A Solemn Tale of Horror: The Opening Statement of the Prosecution in International Criminal Trials, PhD Dissertation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2017), online at http://dare.ubvu.vu.nl/handle/1871/55206


Dobson, J. and S. Stolk (2016) ‘The Prosecutor’s important announcements; the communication of moral authority at the International Criminal Court’, Law, Culture and the Humanities, DOI: 10.1177/1743872116666466.


Stolk, S. (2015) ‘The Victim, the International Criminal Court and the Search for Truth: On the Interdependence and Incompatibility of Truths about Mass Atrocity’, Journal for International Criminal Justice, 13 (5): 973-994.


Stolk, S. (2015) ‘”The Records on Which History Will Judge Us Tomorrow”: Auto-History in the Opening Statements of International Criminal Trials’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 28(4): 993-1012.





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