Simone van den Driest
Simone has been a staff member of the Grotius Centre since August 2013. As an assistant professor, she lectures in several courses on public international law on both the bachelor’s and master’s level.
Simone studied International and European Law at Tilburg University and completed both the master International Public Law and the Research Master in Law cum laude in 2008. During her studies, she worked as a student-assistant at the Department of European and International Public Law of Tilburg Law School. In addition, she worked as an intern at the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) and the Human Rights Group of the Dutch Ministry of Justice.
Simone defended her dissertation Remedial Secession. A Right to External Self-Determination as a Remedy to Serious Injustices? at Tilburg University in April 2013. She worked as a lecturer and assistant professor respectively at the Department of European and International Public Law of Tilburg Law School, where she lectured and coordinated various courses in the field of public international law. Moreover, she was involved in the Statelessness Programme of Tilburg University as a coordinator of the Statelessness Summer Course.
Simone joined Leiden University’s Grotius Center in August 2013. As an assistant professor, she lectures in several courses on public international law on both the bachelor’s and master’s level. In addition, she is a member of the board of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law (KNVIR) and a senior member of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research.
Research areas and interests
Simone’s research interests lie within the broad field of public international law. She is particularly interested in questions concerning the creation of States, the right to self-determination of peoples, secession, and the human rights obligations and accountability of non-State actors (such as international organizations and de facto States).