Prof. dr. L. van den Herik

  • Vice dean and director of research
  • Professor of Public International Law
  • Editor in Chief Leiden Journal of International Law
  • The law on genocide and crimes against humanity
  • Implementation and prosecution of international criminal law at the national level
  • Corporate criminal responsibility for international crimes
  • The UN Security Council and targeted sanctions
  • International Law and counterterrorism

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7533
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Publiekrecht, Internationaal Publiekrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 4.21

Larissa van den Herik is professor of public international law at Leiden University. She is programme director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, and programme director of the advanced LL.M. programme on Public International Law, with specializations in Peace, Justice and Development and International Criminal Law. She serves as general editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law (former Editor-in-Chief 2005-2013), and is general annotator for the Dutch general law journal Ars Aequi. She also holds the position of vice-chair of the Advisory Committee on Public International Law Issues to the Netherlands Government and has advised the government in that capacity, inter alia, on drones and cyber warfare. Her areas of research and expertise include international peace and security law with a focus on UN sanctions (see e.g. contribution to legal parts of the Watson reports on sanctions and due process of 2006, 2009, and 2012) and terrorism, international criminal law and particularly the law on genocide and crimes against humanity, the role of domestic courts and questions of corporate responsibility and natural resources. Her current research focuses on fact-finding in international law, specifically in conflict situations, and the role of commissions of inquiry.

Research areas

  • Fact-Finding in International Law and the Role of Inquiry in Conflict
  • UN Sanctions
  • Precedent
  • Cyberwarfare and Drones
  • Terrorism
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
  • The Role of Domestic Courts

Selected online lectures

Selected publications

UN Sanctions

  • Peripheral hegemony in the quest to ensure Security Council accountability for its individualized UN sanctions regimes, Journal of Conflict and Security Studies (forthcoming, 2014).
  • Eroding the primacy of the UN system of collective security: The Judgment of the European Court of Justice in the cases of Kadi and Al Barakaat (co-author N.J. Schrijver), 5 International Organizations Law Review 2: 329-338 (2009).
  • The Security Council’s Targeted Sanctions Regimes: In Need of Better Protection of the Individual

ICL and Domestic Courts

  • Addressing 'colonial crimes' through reparations? Adjudicating Dutch atrocities committed in Indonesia, 10 Journal of International Criminal Justice 3 (2012).
  • The Dutch Engagement with the Project of International Criminal Justice, 55 Netherlands International Law Review 303-322 (2010).
  • A Quest for Jurisdiction and an appropriate Crime Definition; The Case against Mpambara, 7 Journal of International Criminal Justice 5: 1117-1131 (2009).
  • The difficulties of exercising extraterritorial jurisdiction: the acquittal of a Dutch businessman for crimes committed in Liberia, 9 International Criminal Law Review 1: 211-226 (2009).

Substantive ICL: Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes

Corporate Responsibility

Terrorism and International Law

Fact Finding in International Law and the Work of Commissions of Inquiry


Selected Dutch Publications

  • Het Post-Kadi Tijdperk; Over hoe een progressieve benadering vooruitgang kan smoren, 62 Ars Aequi, november 2013, pp. 811-820.
  • De digitale oorlog: waan of werkelijkheid? (Digital war: fiction or reality?), 88 Nederlands juristenblad; 6: 348-355 (2013).
  • Over anti-genocide paparazzi en de mythische aantrekkingskracht van het G-woord: Enkele beschouwingen over de verhouding tussen de emotionele en juridische status van het begrip genocide (About anti-genocide paparazzi and the mythical power of attraction of the G-word: some observations about the relationship between the emotional and legal status of the concept of genocide), Rechtsgeleerd Magazijn Themis 3 (2011), p. 89-96.

Ars Aequi Annotation

  1. European Court of Human Rights (Fourth Section), Jones and others versus United Kingdom, 14 January 2014, functional immunity of foreign officials in civil procedures, Ars Aequi April 2014.
  2. Dutch Supreme Court, 14 December 2012, the Dutch Implementation Act on Sanctions against Iran, Ars Aequi May 2013.
  3. International Court of Justice, 20 July 2012, Vragen inzake de verplichting om te vervolgen of uit te leveren (België tegen Senegal) (Questions regarding the obligation to prosecute or extradite), Ars Aequi October 2012, pp. 760-763.

Last Modified: 21-12-2015