Nico Krisch

About/Bio

Nico Krisch is a professor of international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He is also the coordinator of the Global Governance research programme at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), a fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and a member of the Council of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S). His work focuses on the law of global governance and the politics of international law. His book, Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law was awarded the 2012 Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law.

Recently Published

Speaking the Law, Plausibly: The International Court of Justice on Gaza

The ICJ’s decision on provisional measures is remarkable, somewhat paradoxically, precisely not because of the measures it indicates. The measures consist, for the most part, in a reproduction of the obligations under the Genocide Convention which are important, but of course also well-known – and Israel has always claimed that it was abiding by them. The…

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Jurisdictional Hierarchies between Form and Fact: A Rejoinder to Roger O’Keefe

To what extent is the law of jurisdiction implicated in (hierarchical) structures of global governance? My article, ‘Jurisdiction Unbound: (Extra)territorial Regulation as Global Governance‘, pursues this question and traces how the current law of jurisdiction, quite in contrast with the often territorial, sovereignty-based imagery surrounding it, is highly permissive, especially when it comes to extraterritorial business regulation.

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After Hegemony: The Law on the Use of Force and the Ukraine Crisis

Most questions on the law on the use of force surrounding the Russian invasion in Ukraine are straightforward. There is simply no plausible legal justification for the invasion, and Putin’s attempt at creating one through recognizing the ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk and then claiming collective self-defence and the need to protect them from Ukrainian ‘genocide’ is…

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