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Larissa van den Herik

Professor Public International Law

Prof.dr. L.J. van den Herik
+31 71 527 2727

Larissa van den Herik is Professor of Public International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University.

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Larissa van den Herik is Professor of Public International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University.

Her areas of research and expertise include international peace and security law with a focus on UN sanctions (see e.g. contribution to legal parts of the Watson reports on sanctions and due process of 2006, 2009, and 2012) and terrorism, international criminal law and particularly the law on genocide and crimes against humanity, fact-finding in international law, specifically in conflict situations, and the role of commissions of inquiry. Her current research focuses on diasporas and international law.

She is General Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law. She also serves as general editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law (former Editor-in-Chief 2005-2013).

Professor Van den Herik is chair of the Advisory Committee on Public International Law Issues to the Netherlands Government and has advised the government in that capacity, inter alia, on drones, cyber warfare, humanitarian assistance, and autonomous weapons systemsas well as the work of the ILC (e.g. on crimes against humanity.) 

Professor Van den Herik is also member of the independent commission that will evaluate the Law on Intelligence and Security Agencies (WIV 2017).

Supervised PhD theses


Ongoing PhD supervision

  • Mrs. Diane Amann ('Women at Nuremberg and International Criminal Law')
  • Mrs. Paula Baldini Miranda Da Cruz ('Investment Arbitration and State-Owned Entities')
  • Mrs. Paula Cortés Gonzalez ('Human Rights counterclaims in international investment law')
  • Mrs. Saeko Kawashima ('The Inherent powers of international criminal tribunals')
  • Mrs. Daniela Kravetz ('Implementing the international criminal law framework to address gender-based violations in the Latin America region')
  • Mr. Loukas Mistelis ('The Status of Arbitrator: An Evolutionary Approach')
  • Mr. Ghanem Nuseibeh ('Islamist theoterrorism in international law: Some implications of the Rushdie Affair for public international law')
  • Mr. Andres Sarmiento ('The Role of Dissenting Opinions in International Law')
  • Mr. Alpha Sesay ('Regionalization of International Criminal Law in Africa')
  • Mr. Jacco Snoeijer ('Stern Justice? The Netherlands Indies' Trials of Japanese War Criminal (1946-1949))'

Professor Public International Law

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

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B1.17




  • rechtbank Den Haag rechter plaatsvervanger
  • Arab Yearbook of Public and Private International Law Member of Advisory Board
  • Permanent Hof van Arbitrage Lid van de Nationale Groep van het Permanent Hof van Arbitrage
  • Cambridge Studies on International and Comparative Law General editor
  • Advisory board of the Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law Lid
  • Academic Advisory Board of the Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War Lid
  • Advisory Board of the Institute of International Peace and Security Law, University of Cologne Lid
  • Leiden Journal of International Law Algemeen redacteur Leiden Journal of International Law
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