Nikola Hajdin

Name:Nikola Hajdin
Title :
Doctoral Candidate

Phone:08-16 13 73
Fax:08-612 41 09
Room:C 532

Public International Law


Nikola is a doctoral candidate in international law and a fellow at the Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice. His research focuses on the outer limits of individual criminal responsibility for international core crimes, more specifically for the crime of aggression (CoA). According to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, only a person in a position of control over or to direct State’s political or military acts could be liable for the CoA (Art.8bis). This raises the issue of how to allocate criminal responsibility within a vast bureaucratic apparatus where jus ad bellum decisions are normally not vested in a very narrow circle of leaders. With his research, he aims to give a rich treatment and add nuances to the currently accepted theory that underpins the doctrine of individual criminal responsibility (Control Theory) and to apply it to the CoA.

In 2017, Nikola was a visiting fellow to Professor Claus Kress at the Institute for International Peace and Security Law (Cologne University). Starting from August this year, he will be a visiting scholar at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School). In 2015, Nikola was awarded with Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law (Lund University). He defended his master thesis with distinction which led to an article in the International Criminal Law Review. In 2012, he finished his first master’s and defended his thesis on the Right to Liberty and Security of Person (Belgrade University).

Before coming to Stockholm, Nikola was an intern at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Between 2015 and 2016, he worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court where he participated as a co-drafter in the project of drafting the Policy on Children. In 2016, he worked as a Case Reporter for the Oxford Reports on International Law. In 2015, he was a research assistant to Professor John Cerone at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights. From 2014, he published peer-reviewed academic articles in international journals, book chapters, case notes for the Oxford University Press, and a few blogs, all related to the issues in international law.

Previously, Nikola worked for three years in a criminal law office situated in Belgrade where he passed the Bar Exam in 2013. He obtain his Bachelor of Laws in 2010 (four-year program) at Belgrade University. Nikola teaches international public law, international criminal law, international human rights law and legal English at Stockholm University. Moreover, he regularly teaches at other universities in Sweden.