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Nico Schrijver

Professor of Public International Law

Prof.dr. N.J. Schrijver
+31 71 527 8936

Prof. Dr. Nico Schrijver has been the Professor of Public International Law at Leiden Law School since 2005.

More information about Nico Schrijver

Nico Schrijver is Professor of International Law and Academic Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University and a member of the Senate of the Dutch house of parliament. In the Senate he serves as the chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Developent Co-operation and the vice-chair of the Senate Committee on European Affairs.  Furthermore, he is the Labour Party’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Development Co-operation, European Affairs and Immigration and Asylum.

Schrijver is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, associate member of the Institut de Droit International and member of the Curatorium of the The Hague Academy of International Law.

Schrijver is also visiting professor of The European Union and Co-operation with Developing Countries at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the chairperson of its Section on Legal Sciences . During 2010-2012 he serves as the President of the worldwide International Law Association and during 2008-2016 he was a member and vice-chair of the War Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Among many other publications Nico Schrijver is the author of Sovereignty over Natural Resources. Balancing rights and duties (Cambridge: CUP, 1997), The Evolution of Sustainable Development in International Law ( Leiden: Brill, 2008; Chinese edition with Social Sciences Academic Press, Beijing, 2010),  and Development without Destruction. The UN and Global Resource Management (Bloomington: IUP, 2010; with the 2012 award of the Academic Council United Nations System for the best recent book on UN issues).


Professor of Public International Law

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Internationaal Publiekrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B141



  • Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal lid Eerste Kamer
  • Institut d'Études Européennes Université libre de Bruxelles Gasthoogleraar European Union and Cooperation with developing countries