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Lenneke obtained a Bachelor and Master of Arts in International Organizations and International Relations from the University of Groningen in 2010. She specialised in ethnic conflict and nationalism, the international and regional response to internal conflicts and Central and Eastern Europe. As a research intern for the Belgrade Centre of Security Policy, Lenneke carried research on security sector reform in the Western Balkans.

During her LLM in Military Law at the University of Amsterdam, Lenneke focused on military criminal law and peace support operations. She then worked as a program officer for Pax for Peace where she researched the indicators for human security and gave advice on the laws applicable to the use of explosive weapons in densely populated areas. Lenneke continued her research activities as a PhD candidate in Public International Law at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD research looked into the individual responsibility of peacekeeping commanders who fail to act against the commission of serious crimes against those they came to protect. In January 2017, Lenneke joined the VU's Social Sciences department as a lecturer in the LLM Law and Politics of International Security. She teaches security related courses in the political science and law and politics of international security master programmes and supervises students writing their thesis in three master programmes: political science, law and politics of international security and public administration. She also coordinates the minor programme Peace and Conflict Studies.

From 2017 to 2019 Lenneke worked as a lecturer in international relations at the University of Groningen.

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  • J Political Science
  • International Security
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Peacekeeping
  • Central and Eastern Europe - Balkan region
  • Nationalism
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • H Social Sciences
  • International Relations
  • K Law
  • Public International Law
  • Military Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Security
  • International Criminal Law

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peacekeeping Social Sciences
obligation Social Sciences
UNO Social Sciences
Central African Republic Social Sciences
responsibility Social Sciences
criminal law Social Sciences
constitutional state Social Sciences
Military Social Sciences

Research Output 2014 2019

Command responsibility in peacekeeping missions: Normative obligations of protection in a criminal law environment

Sprik, L., 1 Dec 2017, In : Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 22, 3, p. 497-522 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

criminal law
International law

Protection of Civilians and Individual Accountability: Obligations and Responsibilities of Military Commanders in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

Sprik, L., Aug 2019, 1st ed. 167 p. (Routledge Research in the Law of Armed Conflict)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review


UN Peacekeeping and Local Rule of Law Initiatives in the Central African Republic

Sprik, L., Dec 2019, ESIL SSRN Conference Paper Series. d'Argent, P., Binder, C. & Pazartzis, P. (eds.). 15 ed. Vol. 13.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Central African Republic
constitutional state
Blue Helmets

Book Review: The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s by Catherine Baker

Sprik, L., 19 Apr 2016

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteAcademic

Open Access

Military Commanders as Bystanders to International Crimes: A Responsibility to Protect?

Sprik, L., Mar 2016, Beyond responsibility to protect: Generating change in international law. Barnes, R. & Tzevelekos, V. (eds.). Intersentia, p. 393-414

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic