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Ingrid Leijten

Assistant Professor

Dr. A.E.M. Leijten LLM
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Dr. Ingrid Leijten, LL.M. is an assistant professor at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law.

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General information

Dr. Ingrid Leijten, LL.M. is an assistant professor at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law of the Leiden University Faculty of Law. She holds a BA and MA degree (2009; with distinction) in Political Science and an L.L.B. and LL.M. degree (2009; with distinction) from Leiden University. She also obtained an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in New York (2010; with honours (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)).

In 2015, Ingrid Leijten completed her PhD research in the field of human rights. This research was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and supervised by Prof. Janneke Gerards (Utrecht University). Leijten is the author of Core Socio-Economic Rights and the European Court of Human Rights, a monograph published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. She has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University in Belgium, and the Humboldt University in Berlin. She is admitted as an attorney-at-law to the New York State Bar, a staff annotator at European Human Rights Cases (EHRC) and a deputy judge at the District Court of Rotterdam.


Full list of publications 

Ingrid Leijten’s research deals with the protection of human rights at the international, European, and national level, with a particular focus on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and (international) social rights protection. She is interested in the idea and practice of fundamental rights at the international stage as well as in the modern constitutional and administrative state. Fascinated by the ever-intriguing role of courts amidst other powers, she investigates the internationalization and constitutionalization of public law.

In her monograph Core Socio-Economic Rights and the European Court of Human Rights (CUP 2018), Ingrid Leijten discusses the protection of social rights under the ECHR. The book covers a broad range of case law (e.g. on asylum seekers’ claims for minimum social protection and social security cuts and property rights) as well as more theoretical and comparative debates on the idea of core rights and how this could be applied in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. For more information on the book, see CUP’s website.

Other research projects deal with human rights interpretation and reasoning; the legislator and the (local) executive as human rights protectors; social security and fundamental property rights; and the relation between national and supranational rights protection. Her work appeared in, amongst others, the Human Rights Law Review, the German Law Journal, and the Tijdschrift voor Constitutioneel Recht, as well as in various edited volumes, such as Shaping Rights (CUP 2014). She also publishes case notes and blog posts, covering case law developments and other current human rights issues. Besides in the form of publications, Ingrid Leijten regularly presents her work at (international) conferences, seminars, and workshops, as well as to judges and government bodies.


Ingrid Leijten teaches various courses in international and European human rights law and in constitutional law (LLB, LLM, and Advanced LLM level). These include European Human Rights Law; Human Rights Conceptions in a Pluralist World; Privatissimum European and International Human Rights Law; Principles of the Democratic Rechtsstaat; and Constitutional Law in a European Context. In addition, she supervises LLB and LLM theses on topics related to her research interests.

Ingrid Leijten is chairman of the Opleidingscommissie (educational organ with student and staff representatives) of Leiden Law School and was a member of the Evaluation Committee Propedeuse System Leiden Law School.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Staats- en Bestuursrecht

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Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 1.10



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