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Joris Larik

Assistant Professor

Dr. J.E. Larik
+31 70 800 9949

Joris Larik is Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU and International Law. He is an expert in EU external relations law and global governance. His work has been acknowledged with several awards, including NATO’s Manfred Wörner Essay Award and the EUI’s Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Thesis in Comparative Law. Dr. Larik is the author of "Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law" (OUP 2016), co-author of "ASEAN’s External Agreements" (CUP 2015), and co-editor of “Just Security in an Undergoverned World” (OUP 2018) and “EU External Relations Law: Text, Cases and Materials” (2nd edition, Hart Publishing 2020).

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Joris Larik is Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU and International Law and Convener of the major in International Justice at Leiden University College. Dr. Larik studied law and international relations in Dresden (B.A.), Leiden (LL.M.), the College of Europe (M.A.), and the European University Institute (Ph.D.). His work has been acknowledged with several awards, including NATO’s Manfred Wörner Essay Award (2008), the Outstanding Paper Award from the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University (2012), and the Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Comparative Law (2014) from the European University Institute.

Dr. Larik is the author of Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2016), co-author of ASEAN’s External Agreements: Law, Practice and the Quest for Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and co-editor of Just Security in an Undergoverned World (Oxford University Press, 2018). Moreover, he has published in peer-reviewed academic journals including Common Market Law ReviewEuropean Constitutional Law Review, European Foreign Affairs ReviewEuropean Law ReviewGlobal PolicyInternational & Comparative Law QuarterlyLegal Issues of Economic IntegrationNetherlands International Law ReviewSurvival, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and Yearbook of European Law.

From August 2018, Dr. Larik is conducting a research project on “Global Brexit”: The Future of Relations between Europe and “Global South” with a Leiden Global Interactions Breed Grant. From August 2017 to February 2018, he was a Fulbright-Schuman Fellow conducting research on “Forms of Foreign Policy Cooperation in the Unravelled Transatlantic Space” at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. Previously, Dr. Larik has completed several policy-oriented research projects for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the European Commission. In 2014/15, Dr. Larik served on the core project team for the Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Gambari. In 2013/14, he convened a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on The EU in Global Governance, which attracted approximately 20,000 students from all over the world.

Dr. Larik’s media appearances include interviews and op-eds for Volkskrant and Trouw in the Netherlands and internationally for Agence France-Presse, BBC World ServiceCGTN America, China Central Television (CCTV), The Guardian, The Hill, The Irish TimesPhoenix TV Hong Kong, Radio New ZealandRussian News Agency TASS, and Xinhua.

Academic Expertise:

  • Comparative, European, and International Law
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • Regional Organizations in the International (Legal) Order
  • Global Governance Reform
  • Brexit


  • Comparative Foreign Relations Law and Democratic Accountability (Duke-Leiden Institute for Global and Transnational Law)
  • Constitutions and Constitutionalism in a Globalizing World (LUC)
  • Foreign Relations Law (LUC)
  • International Law (MSc IRD)
  • Law of the Sea (LUC)
  • Legal Methods Lab (LUC)
  • Global Challenges: Peace & Justice (LUC)
  • Research Clinic: “Global Brexit: The Future of Europe’s Relations with the Wider World” (LUC)

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room number 4.01



  • Stimson Center Senior Advsior and Nonresident Fellow
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