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Janne Nijman is chairperson of the Executive Board and Academic Director of the Asser Institute. She also serves as Professor of History and Theory of International law at the University of Amsterdam and is affiliated with its Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL). Nijman is also Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Nijman received her LL.M. and PhD from Leiden University.
Nijman studied law at the University of Leiden (Meester in de Rechten, 1996) and the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg. She defended her doctoral thesis in public international law at Leiden University in 2004. Nijman is based at ACIL since 2004. She has been a post-doc researcher in the ACIL-based NWO Pioneer Project "The Divide and Interaction between National law and International Law" (2004-2005). Janne Nijman has been a Global Research Fellow of New York University School of Law (2003-04), affiliated to the History and Theory of International Law Program of the Institute for International Law and Justice, an Early Career Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary College School of Law, University of London (summer 2006), and a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Institute for Policy Research (Spring term 2012). From 2007-2014, she has been Dean to the Law Faculty's PhD Candidates. Over the years, she has acted frequently as guest lecturer at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations "Clingendael" and at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (UvA). Previously, she participated in the 1998 ACUNS/ASIL Summer Workshop "Globalization and Global Governance: Changing Roles for State and Non-State Actors" Yale University, USA.
Currently, she is the programme leader of ‘The Global City: Challenges, Trust and the Role of (International) Law’ at the Asser Institute, which consists of four individual PhD research projects (Global Cities )and is supported by the Gieskes Strijbis Foundation. Together with Helmut Aust (FU Berlin), Janne Nijman co-chairs the ILA Study Group on 'The Role of Cities in International law'. She also is an editor of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law and the Grotiana journal. Nijman is a board member of the Grotiana Foundation and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht (KNVIR, the Dutch branch of the International Law Association). Professor Nijman has published widely on international law issues.
Janne Nijman is an International Gender Champion (Interview on Gender Equality on the occasion of IWD 2019). She is member of the Supervisory Board of PAX for Peace. Janne is chairperson of the board of the Vera Gottschalk-Frank Foundation and in that capacity member of the Selection and Evaluation Committee of the Arminius Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute (Leiden University). Nijman has been member and president of the executive board of Oikos, a NGO focused on fair and sustainable globalisation, and member of the Supervisory Board of Spark, which develops higher education and entrepreneurship so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity.
Nijman has published op-eds in Eindhovens dagblad, Het Parool, Nederlands Dagblad, Trouw and Volkskrant.
Publications (international law):
Articles and book chapters
'Planetary Boundaries intra muros: Cities and the Anthropocene', Asser SSRN Research Paper 2020-04, Duncan French and Louis J. Kotzé (eds.), Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries, Edward Elgar.
Identiteit, column by Janne Nijman for Christen Democratische Verkenningen (CDV) (24 June 2020)
'The Urban Pushback: International Law as an Instrument of Cities', contribution to the panel 'Federalism strikes back: Is the one-voice doctrine in decline?', 2019 ASIL Proceedings of the 113th Annual Meeting, CUP 2020, 119-123.
'Opening remarks and Questions' , Closing Plenary: International law as an Instrument for Development, 2019 ASIL Proceedings of the 113th Annual Meeting, CUP 2020, 390-392.
'Legal Personality As a Fundamental Concept for International Law', together with Catherine Brölmann, in J d’Aspremont & S Singh (eds), Concepts for International Law - Contributions to Disciplinary Thought (London, E Elgar, 2019).
'Foreword' to Martti Koskenniemi's T.M.C. Asser Lecture 'International Law and the Far Right. Reflections on Law and Cynicism' 2018, in the Annual Asser Lecture Series ed. by J.E. Nijman, Asser Press 2019, v-x
Seeking Change by Doing History (Amsterdam University Press, 2018), 25 pp.
'The Moral Responsibility of Rulers: Going back beyond the liberal rule of law for world order', Anthony Carty and Janne Nijman (Eds.), Morality and Responsibility of Rulers: Chinese and European Early Modern Origins of a rule of law as justice for world order (OUP, 2018).
'A Universal Rule of Law for a Pluralist World Order: Leibniz's Universal Jurisprudence and His Praise of the Chinese Ruler' in Anthony Carty and Janne Nijman (Eds.), Morality and Responsibility of Rulers: Chinese and European Early Modern Origins of a rule of law as justice for world order (OUP, 2018).
'Grotius’ Imago Dei Anthropology: Grounding Ius Naturae et Gentium', in International law and Religion, edited by Martti Koskenniemi, Monica García-Salmones, and Paolo Amoroso (OUP, 2017).
'Mental Health and the Foreign Fighter Phenomenon: A Case Study from the Netherlands', J. Nijman together with C. Paulussen and K. Lismont, ICCT Report March 2017, 31 pp. (Peer reviewed)
J. Nijman, 'Renaissance of the City as Global Actor. The role of foreign policy and international law practices in the construction of cities as global actors', in The Transformation of Foreign Policy: Drawing and Managing Boundaries from Antiquity to the Present, ed. by Andreas Fahrmeir, Gunther Hellmann, and Miloš Vec (OUP, 2016), pp. 209-242.
J.E. Nijman (2015). Images of Grotius, or the International Rule of Law beyond Historiographical Oscillation. Journal of the History of International Law, 17 (1), 83-137.
'In Memoriam, Pieter Hendrik Kooijmans (1933–2013)', Leiden Journal of International Law (2013), 26, pp. 1–3.
'In Memoriam: Pieter Hendrik Kooijmans (1933-2013)', in JE Nijman & WG Werner (Eds), Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2012, Legal Equality and the International Rule of Law. Essays in honour of Pieter H. Kooijmans, Volume 43, 2013, pp. ix-x.
'Legal Equality and the International Rule of Law', together with Wouter Werner in JE Nijman & WG Werner (Eds), Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2012, Legal Equality and the International Rule of Law. Volume 43, 2013, pp. 3-24.
Human Inequality puts Sovereign Equality to the test, The Broker, publication date March 27, 2013 (online article, 3360 words).
'Minorities and Majorities' in Bardo Fassbinder and Anne Peters (Eds), Oxford Handbook on the History of Public International Law (Oxford OUP, 2012), pp. 95-119.
After "Iraq": Back to the International Rule of Law? Introductory Chapter to the NYIL 2011 Agora "The Iraq Case: international law and politics" in Hey and Nijman (Eds) (2012), pp. 71-94.
Rechtstreekse werking verdragen goed voor Nederland, together with K. Brölmann, in Openbaar Bestuur, Tijdschrift voor Beleid, organisatie en politiek (juni 2012) pp. 13-15.
'Morality and Responsibility of Rulers: early modern origins of a rule of law for world order", written together with Anthony Carty, published in Conference papers of the International Symposium " Reason of State and State of Reason in the Global Era: History and Present " (pp 414-424), held at the School of Law, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 3-4 December 2011
The Future of the City and the International Law of the Future in: "Law of the Future and the Future of Law", Sam Muller et al. (eds), (Torkel Opsahl EPublisher, 2011), pp. 215-231.
"On Faith in the Moral Force of International Law: Martin Wight and Hugo de Groot",12 (2) Journal of the History of International Law 329–346 (2010).
"Non-State Actors and the International Rule of Law: Revisiting the ‘realist theory’ of international legal personality", in: Math Noortmann and Cedric Ryngaert (eds.), Non-State Actors Dynamics in International Law: From Law-Takers to Law-Makers (2010).
"Paul Ricoeur and international law: beyond 'the end of the subject': towards a reconceptualisation of international legal personality", in Fleur Johns (ed.), International Legal Personality, Series: The Library of Essays in International Law, Ashgate, (2010). (reprint from LJIL 2007).
"Introduction: Mare Liberum Revisited 1609-2009" together with Gustaaf van Nifterik, Grotiana Vol. 30, Special Issue Mare Liberum 1609-2009, pp. 3-19 (December 2009).
"Paul Ricoeur and international law: beyond 'the end of the subject': towards a reconceptualisation of international legal personality", in A. Bianchi (ed.), Non-State Actors and International Law, Series: The Library of Essays in International Law, Ashgate, (August 2009). (reprint from LJIL 2007).
"Internationalisering van de stad (3)", in 19 Openbaar Bestuur, Tijdschrift voor Beleid, organisatie en politiek (Issue 1, January 2009), pp. 13-16.
"Internationalisering van de stad (2)", in 18 Openbaar Bestuur, Tijdschrift voor Beleid, organisatie en politiek Issue 12 (December 2009), pp. 11-15.
"Internationalisering van de stad (1)", in 18 Openbaar Bestuur, Tijdschrift voor Beleid, organisatie en politiek Issue 11 (November 2008), pp. 9-13.
"Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670): Reformer of Humanity. A cosmopolitan contribution to the 17th Century discourse on world peace", in : 7 Baltic Yearbook of International Law 2007, (Special Issue on The Role of International Law Scholarship in Central and Eastern Europe: from the past to the present to the future), pp. 121-154.
"Introduction", in: J.E. Nijman and P.A. Nollkaemper (Eds.), New Perspectives on the Divide between National and International Law (OUP, 2007, 416 p.), p. 1-14 (with André Nollkaemper).
"Beyond the Divide", in: J.E. Nijman and P.A. Nollkaemper (Eds.), New Perspectives on the Divide Between National and International Law (OUP, 2007, 416 p.), p. 341-360 (with André Nollkaemper).
"Paul Ricoeur and International Law: Beyond “The End of the Subject” - Towards a reconceptualisation of International Legal Personality", 20 Leiden Journal of International Law 2007, pp. 25-64.
"Corporate Social Responsibility: a conceptual challenge to international law", in J.J.A. Hamers, C.A. Schwarz, en B.T.M. Steins Bisschop (eds.), Noodzaak, plicht of wenselijkheid van Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen: een multidisciplinaire verkenning, Amsterdam, Boom, 2005, pp. 39-62.
"Leibniz’s Theory of Relative Sovereignty and International Legal Personality: Justice and Stability or the Last Great Defence of the Holy Roman Empire", in Institute for International Law and Justice Working papers series 2004/2, IILJ, New York University School of Law (text retrievable at website : www.iilj.org), 56 pp.
“Sovereignty & Personality: A Process of Inclusion”, in G. Kreijen (ed.), State, Sovereignty, and International Governance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 109-144.
Monograph and Edited Volumes
Research Handbook on International Law and Cities, together with Helmut Aust (Eds), (Elgar, forthcoming)
Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius, together with R. Lesaffer (Eds), (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
Morality and Responsibility of Rulers: Chinese and European origins of a rule of law as justice for world order, edited together with Anthony Carty (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Janne Nijman and Wouter Werner (Volume Editors), Legal Equality and the International Rule of Law, NYIL volume 2012, Asser Press – Springer (The Hague, 2013). (Peer reviewed journal)
Ellen Hey and Janne Nijman (Volume Editors), Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, Volume 2011 Agora "The Iraq Case: international law and politics" (The Hague, 2012). (Peer reviewed journal)
Special Issue Grotiana on Mare Liberum 1609-2009, edited together with Gustaaf van Nifterik, Grotiana Vol. 30 (2009) (December 2009). (Peer reviewed journal)
Janne Nijman and André Nollkaemper (Eds.), New Perspectives on the Divide between National and International Law, Oxford University Press, 2007.
The Concept of International Legal Personality: an inquiry into the history and theory of international law, T.M.C. Asser Press (marketing and distribution Cambridge University Press), 2004 (www.cambridge.org).
Reviewed in :
- Review Essay by Anthony Carty in: 6 Melbourne JIL 2005, 534-552.
- Book Review by Robert Kolb in 18 European JIL 2007, 775-776.
Seeking Change by Doing History (Amsterdam University Press, 2018), 25 pp.