Jana Sikorska


Phd Candidate in International Law
Teaching Assistant, LL.M in International Law
Spoken languages
English, French, Slovak, Czech
Areas of expertise
  • Public International Law
  • International Environmental Law and Climate Change
  • Governance, Global and Local
  • International Legal Theory
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Western Europe
  • Central Europe

PhD Thesis


Title: Strolling the Streets of International Geneva: A Study of Social and Regulatory Interactions of Cities with International Organisations

PhD Supervisor: Janne Nijman

Expected completion date: 2025

The thesis pursues two main lines of inquiry. First, it studies cities as entities with a will and capacity to engage with the UN system and the making of international law. Second, it traces and conceptualises how international law is utilised in and shaped by different governance processes which fall beyond the traditional disciplinary frames and language. The project connects the two lines of enquiry and offers a unique study of the many ways cities contribute to the process of making of international law and, in doing so, how the process of making of global norms is affected by the different modes of governance utilised by cities and the UN ecosystem in their engagements. 



Jana Šikorská is a PhD candidate in the International Law Department at the Graduate Institute. She is enrolled in the PhD 'fast-track' program which combines the MA and PhD studies, and which is reserved for the most qualified candidates. Before coming to Geneva, Jana completed her LL.B. (Hons) at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom (2019). Currently, Jana works as a Teaching Assistant in the LL.M. in International Law Program at the Graduate Institute where she is mostly assisting with courses in the ‘International Environmental Law and Governance’ stream. 

Academic Work experience


Research Experience

Research Intern - Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Research Assistant to Professor Kubo Mačák


Relevant Publications and Works