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

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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Capitulation in The Hague: The Marshall Islands Cases

When questions around nuclear weapons are brought before the ICJ, we don’t expect easy answers – too far apart are the realities of power politics from any defensible conception of what the world ought to look like, and international law is caught in the middle. In the 1996 Advisory Opinion on the legality of the use of nuclear…

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The Path of Judicialization: A Comment on Karen Alter’s The New Terrain of International Law

Nico Krisch is ICREA Research Professor, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. Karen Alter’s The New Terrain of International Law is a landmark achievement. It presents a sophisticated picture of the changed landscape of international courts as it has emerged in the last few decades, distinguished by the fact that many of the new courts enjoy compulsory jurisdiction and…

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