Dr Dimitri van den Meerssche


  • Department:
    Research Department
  • Main field of interest: International dispute settlement


Dimitri van den Meerssche is Researcher in the Dispute Settlement and Adjudication strand at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. His research reflects on the law of international organizations, international legal practices and technologies of global governance. This work is inspired by insights from science and technology studies, performativity theory and actor-network theory.

Dimitri is currently finalizing his doctoral dissertation at the European University Institute, which he expects to defend in winter 2019. His dissertation is entitled “The World Bank’s Lawyers – An Inquiry into the Life of Law as Institutional Practice”. In the context of this dissertation, Dimitri has worked for three months at the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency and spent one semester as visiting doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics.

Dimitri has taught courses on Law & Development (with Luis Eslava), Public International Law and European Union Law at the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent) and the London School of Economics. He has published his work in i.a. the Leiden Journal of International Law, International Organizations Law Review, London Review of International Law, Transnational Legal Theory and Law and Development Review.

He holds LL.M. degrees from the European University Institute and New York University School of Law, where he was a Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) Fellow. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from Ghent University (Summa Cum Laude). Dimitri is able to work in English, Dutch and French and understands both German and Italian.

Twitter: @Dimitri_VdM