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Nico Krisch

Nico Krisch

Senior Research Fellow, IBEI

Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies


Nico Krisch is an international lawyer with a particular interest in the legal structure of global governance, the politics of international law, and the postnational legal order emerging at the intersection of domestic, transnational and international law. 

He is the research programme coordinator on global governance at IBEI and also a professor of international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Previously, he was a professor of international law at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, a senior lecturer at the Law Department of the London School of Economics, and a research fellow at Oxford’s Merton College, at New York University School of Law and at the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

Originally from Germany, he holds a PhD in law from the University of Heidelberg. His 2010 book, Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law (OUP), was awarded the Certificate of Merit of the American Society of International Law. His most recent work focuses on the changing foundations of international law in a context in which its traditional pillars, especially the consent of states, are increasingly weakened.

Background and education

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


2012Certificate of Merit, American Society of International Law

2002Otto Hahn Medal, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • European Society of International Law 
  • International Society of Public Law
  • American Society of International Law


Research interests

  • International Law
  • Global governance
  • Constitutional theory

Selected publications

  • Krisch, Nico; Jachtenfuchs, Markus

    2016Subsidiarity in Global GovernanceLaw & Contemporary Problems,79:2:1-26Link
  • Krisch, Nico.2016Pouvoir Constituant and Pouvoir Irritant in the Postnational OrderInternational Journal of Constitutional Law,14:3:657-679Link
  • Krisch, Nico.2014The Decay of Consent: International Law in an Age of Global Public GoodsAmerican Journal of International Law,108:1-40Link
  • Krisch, Nico.2011Who is Afraid of Radical Pluralism? Legal Order and Political Stability in the Postnational SpaceRatio Juris,24:386-412Link
  • Krisch, Nico2010Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational LawOxford:Oxford University Press (paperback, 2012)Link
  • Krisch, Nico.2010Pluralism in Postnational Risk Regulation: The Dispute over GMOs and TradeTransnational Legal Theory,1:1-29Link
  • Krisch, Nico.2008The Open Architecture of European Human Rights LawModern Law Review,71:183-216Link
  • Krisch, Nico.2006The Pluralism of Global Administrative LawEuropean Journal of International Law,17:247-278Link
  • Krisch, Nico.2005International Law in Times of Hegemony: Unequal Power and the Shaping of the International Legal OrderEuropean Journal of International Law,16:369-408Link
  • Krisch, Nico; Kingsbury, B; Stewart, R.B

    2005The Emergence of Global Administrative LawLaw & Contemporary Problems,68:3:15-61Link