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Nico Krisch

ICREA Research Professor, IBEI (on leave) / Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Research Programme Coordinator, IBEI

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Nico Krisch is a professor of international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, working on issues of international law, global governance and law beyond the state. He is also the programme coordinator for global governance at the Institut Barcelona dâ??Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and a fellow at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. Previously, he was ICREA research professor at the IBEI (currently on leave), a professor of international law at the Hertie School, a senior lecturer at the Law Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a research fellow at Merton College (Oxford), New York University School of Law and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He has also been a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School.

Nico Krisch holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Heidelberg and a Diploma of European Law of the Academy of European Law in Florence, Italy. He is the author of Selbstverteidigung und kollektive Sicherheit (Self-defense and Collective Security, 2001) and of articles on the United Nations, hegemony in international law, and the legal order of global governance. His most recent book, Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law (2010), was awarded the 2012 Certificate of Merit of the American Society of International Law. Nico Krisch is also a membre of the Council of the International Society for Public Law.

Background and education

  • (2001) Phd in Law, University of Heidelberg, Germany


Research Interests

  • International Law, International Institutions, Legal Order of Global Governance


  • Krisch, Nico. 2014. Capacity and Constraint: Governance through International and Transnational Law. In M. Lodge; K. Wegrich (Eds). The Problem-Solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • The Decay of Consent: International Law in an Age of Global Public Goods. American Journal of International Law, 108: 1-40
  • Krisch, Nico. 2012. Chapter VII Powers: The  General Framework; Articles 39 to 43. In B. Simma; G. Nolte; D.E. Khan; A. Paulus (Eds) The United Nations Charter: A Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Krisch, Nico. 2012. Global Governance as Public Authority: An Introduction. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 10: 976-987
  • Krisch, Nico. 2011. Who is afraid of radical pluralism? Legal order and political stability in the postnational scape. Ratio Juris, 24: 386-412
  • Krisch, Nico. 2010. Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.