Nico Krisch


Head, International Law Department
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 was an ICREA research professor at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and held faculty positions at 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 and Columbia 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. Dr Krisch is a member of the Council of the International Society of Public Law, and of the editorial/advisory boards of the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement, and the London Review of International Law. In 2017, he was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant for a project on change and stability in international law. In 2019, he received the inaugural Max Planck-Cambride Prize for International Law.




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