Nico Krisch


Faculty Associate, Global Governance Centre
Faculty Associate, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Spoken languages
English, German, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Governance, local and international
  • International and targeted sanctions
  • International courts and tribunals
  • International law (public, private)
  • International organisations, UN
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Western and Central Europe
  • Europe


Dr Nico Krisch is a professor of international law and former co-director of the Global Governance Centre at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies. His main research interests concern the legal structure of international organizations and global governance, the politics of international law, and the postnational legal order emerging at the intersection of domestic, transnational and international law. Prior to joining the Institute, he held faculty positions at the Catalan Institution for Advanced Studies and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and the Law Department of the London School of Economics. He was also a research fellow at Oxford University’s Merton College, at New York University School of Law and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, as well as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. Originally from Germany, he holds a PhD in law from the University of Heidelberg. His 2010 book, Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law (OUP), received the Certificate of Merit of the American Society of International Law. His most recent work focuses on the ‘interface law’ that governs the relation between norms from different spheres of authority in the global realm, and on processes of change in the international legal order. For the latter project, he was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2017. Dr Krisch is a member of the Council of the International Society of Public Law, and of the editorial or advisory boards of the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement, and the London Review of International Law




  • Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010 (paperback, 2012), 382 pp.
  • Selbstverteidigung und kollektive Sicherheit (Self-Defense and Collective Security), Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2001, XVII, 449 pp.

Articles and Chapters in Books

  • Pouvoir Constituant and Pouvoir Irritant in the Postnational Order’, International Journal of Constitutional Law  14:3 (2016), 657-679 
  • Subsidiarity in Global Governance’, Law & Contemporary Problems 79:2 (2016), 1-26 (with Markus Jachtenfuchs)
  • ‘The Decay of Consent: International Law in an Age of Global Public Goods’, 108 American Journal of International Law (2014), 1-40
  • ‘Chapter VII Powers: The General Framework’, ‘Articles 39 to 43’, in B. Simma, G. Nolte, D.-E. Khan & A. Paulus (eds), The United Nations Charter: A Commentary, Oxford: Oxford University Press (3rd ed., 2012) 1237-1356
  • ‘Who is Afraid of Radical Pluralism? Legal Order and Political Stability in the Postnational Space’, 24 Ratio Juris386-412 (2011)
  • ‘Pluralism in Postnational Risk Regulation: The Dispute over GMOs and Trade’, 1 Transnational Legal Theory 1-29 (2010)
  • ‘The Open Architecture of European Human Rights Law’, 71 Modern Law Review 183-216 (2008)
  • ‘The Pluralism of Global Administrative Law’, 17 European Journal of International Law (2006), 247-278
  • ‘The Emergence of Global Administrative Law’, 68:3 Law & Contemporary Problems 15-61 (2005) (with B. Kingsbury & R.B. Stewart)
  • ‘International Law in Times of Hegemony: Unequal Power and the Shaping of the International Legal Order’, 16 European Journal of International Law 369-408 (2005)
  • ‘More Equal Than the Rest? Hierarchy, Equality and U.S. Predominance in International Law’, in United States Hegemony and the Foundations of International Law (M. Byers and G. Nolte, eds., 2003), Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press, 135-175

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