Janne NIJMAN Profile


Spoken languages
English, Dutch, French
Areas of expertise
  • History of international legal thought
  • Moral Foundations of International Law
  • Cities in International Law and Governance
  • International Legal Theory
  • Human Rights (and Business)



PhD, Leiden University

Janne E. Nijman joins the Graduate Institute as Professor of International Law in 2020. She is also chairperson of the executive board and the academic director of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague and Professor of History and Theory of International Law of the University of Amsterdam; affiliated with the Amsterdam Center for International Law. She studied law at the University of Leiden (Meester in de Rechten, 1996) and the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg. She defended her doctoral thesis in public international law at Leiden University in 2004. 

She teaches and publishes on history and theory of international law, as well as on the role of cities in international law and governance. On the latter topic, together with Helmut Aust (FU Berlin), she is leading a research project leading up to a Research Handbook as well as an ILA Study Group on the topic.

Previously, Nijman has been a post-doc researcher in the ACIL-based NWO Pioneer Project "The Divide and Interaction between National law and International Law" (2004-2005). Subsequently she worked as assistant and associate professor at the University of Amsterdam until she took up the chair of history and theory of international law in 2015. From 2007-2014, she has been Dean to the Law Faculty's PhD Candidates. Janne has been a Global Research Fellow of New York University School of Law (2003-04), affiliated to the IILJ’s History and Theory of International Law Program, an Early Career Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary College School of Law in London (summer 2006), and a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Institute for Policy Research (Spring term 2012). She was a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in 2017-2018.

Selected publications:


  • Research Handbook on International Law and Cities, together with Helmut Aust (Eds), (Elgar, forthcoming)
  • Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius, together with R. Lesaffer (Eds), (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • Populism and International Law, together with Wouter Werner (Eds.), vol. 2018 of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, (T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer, 2019).
  • Morality and Responsibility of Rulers: Chinese and European origins of a rule of law as justice for world order, edited together with Anthony Carty (Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2012,  Legal Equality and the International Rule of Law. Essays in honour of Pieter H. Kooijmans, Volume editor with Wouter Werner, 2013.
  • Janne E Nijman & André Nollkaemper (Eds), New Perspectives on the Divide between National and International Law, OUP, 2007.
  • The Concept of International Legal Personality: an inquiry into the history and theory of international law , T.M.C. Asser Press, 2004.


Chapters and articles :


International Gender Champion – an international network on gender equality;

Member of the editorial board of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law;

Member of the (editorial) board of the Grotiana journal and Foundation.

Member of the board of the KNVIR, the Dutch branch of the International Law Association. 

Member of the Supervisory Board of PAX for Peace


The Institute Welcomes Janne Nijman, Professor of International Law

Professor Janne E. Nijman joined the Institute’s Department of International Law in January 2020. She is also the academic director of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague and Professor of History and Theory of International Law at the University o

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