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Cecily Rose

Assistant Professor

Dr. C.E. Rose
+31 71 527 5385

Cecily Rose is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law in the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies.

More information about Cecily Rose

Cecily Rose is engaged in research, teaching, and consultancy work in the field of public international law. Cecily has a broad background in public international law, and general interests and expertise in the field. She is currently pursuing research interests in the areas of transnational criminal law and international dispute settlement. Her research in the area of transnational criminal law concerns, in particular, international legal approaches to corruption, asset recovery, organized crime, and money laundering.

Cecily’s scholarship has been published in leading international law journals (American Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law, International & Comparative Law Quarterly) and as a monograph with Oxford University Press (International Anti-Corruption Norms, 2015). Cecily also co-edited and contributed to a treaty commentary on the UN Convention against Corruption, which was published in 2019 as a part of OUP’s authoritative treaty commentary series. Cecily is currently engaged in legal research that makes use of both empirical methods and archival material. 

Cecily has taught various courses in the field of public international law at both Leiden Law School and Leiden University College. She currently teaches courses at Leiden Law School on International Dispute Settlement (LL.M. programme) and Public International Law (LL.B. programme). She is presently leading a textbook project, which involves a number of colleagues from the Grotius Centre, and will take the form of an introductory-level textbook on public international law, to be published with Cambridge University Press.

In recent years Cecily has worked as a consultant for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the World Bank, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Her work for the OHCHR has involved drafting Recommended Principles on Human Rights and Asset Recovery as well as a model memorandum of understanding on the return, use, and management of stolen assets. Cecily has served as an editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law, in its International Law and Practice section, since 2013. Cecily is a member of the European Society of International Law and a co-convenor of the Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals.

Cecily holds a Ph.D. and an LL.M. in public international law from the University of Cambridge, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and a B.A. (English) from Yale University. Prior to joining the Grotius Centre, Cecily Rose worked as an associate legal officer at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Cecily also previously worked as an associate legal officer at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone and in private practice, as an associate in the International Regulation and Compliance group of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, in Washington, D.C. As a member of the New York and Washington, D.C. bars, Cecily remains a qualified lawyer.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Grotius Centre for Intern Legal Studies

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number C1.15



  • United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Research and draft document on corruption and human rights for publication by OHCHR.
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