Current and Previous Visiting Research Fellows

Current research Fellows

  • Helene Hojfeld holds an LLM from Copenhagen University, and is currently in her third year as a PhD fellow at Aarhus University, Faculty of Law. Parallel to her Masters studies, Ms. Højfeldt interned at the Royal Danish Embassy in The Hague; held a teaching position at Copenhagen University; and held an assistant position at the Danish Ministry of Justice. Ms. Højfeldt has taught bachelor and master’s students in criminal law and the law of armed conflict and has published two articles in the course of her PhD Fellowship. Read more

  • Gleider Hernandez is Reader in Public International Law at Durham Law School and Deputy Director of the Durham Global Policy Institute. Originally from Canada, Gleider took a D.Phil from Wadham College, University of Oxford, read for an LL.M at the University of Leiden, and for BCL and LL.B degrees at McGill University.

    Prior to taking up his post at Durham, he served as Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice (2007-2010), acting from 2008-2010 as Law Clerk to Judges Bruno Simma and Peter Tomka (then Vice-President). He also practised, as a barrister and solicitor in investment arbitration and in public and administrative law, at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, a multinational Canadian law firm. Read more

Senior research Fellows

  • Since 2008 Drs Leendert Erkelens has been staying as an Asser Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute. He started his professional career as a researcher at the Criminological Institute of Groningen State University. The main part of his career he served in different departments of the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Drug policy was among his areas of responsibility. Finally, he was attached to the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels responsible for EU criminal law and illicit drugs dossiers. At the T.M.C. Asser Institute, Leendert Erkelens has contributed to the formulation of different research projects, among which a proposal on the prevention of corruption and fraud committed by legal entities, which was submitted to the European Commission and rewarded with a grant. He co-authored an article with Steven Blockmans on the Dutch ministerial legal obligation – under the Dutch Opium Act - to take care for a sufficient production of cannabis needed for medical and scientific research. Read more

  • Prof. Arjen Meij has served for twelve years as a Judge and Chamber President at the General Court of the European Union. Previously he was a Judge at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands and Judge and Vice-President at the Administrative High Court for Trade and Industry(College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven). Mr Meij was GJWiarda Visiting Professor of European public law at Utrecht University in 2009. Currently he is ‘Professeur invité’ for European Litigation at the University of Luxembourg. Meij is also Member of the Netherlands’ Civil Honours Advisory Committee. Read more


Previous Research Fellows