R. Zandvliet LL.M.

  • PhD-candidate
  • International labour law
  • Economic and Social Human Rights
  • Interntional Economic Law
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6444
E-Mail: r.zandvliet@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Publiekrecht, Internationaal Publiekrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number Flex


Ruben Zandvliet is a PhD-candidate at the Departement of Public International Law. His research, supervised by Professor Schrijver, focuses on the ways in which international labour standards and its enforcement mechanisms contribute to the effective protection of workers, especially in low-wage economies. His project is part of the researchprogramme Securing the Rule of Law in a World of Multilevel Jurisdiction, sub-programme Sovereignty, international governance and global values.

Globalisation has a profound effect on the ways in which international labour standards are defined, implemented and enforced. The international community increasingly focusses on four ‘core’ labour standards: the freedom to organize and the right to bargain collectively, the prohibition of slavery and forced labour, the effective abolition of child labour, and anti-discrimination. The oversight-mechanisms of the International Labour Organization have been expanded, while other actors are making an effort to implement and enforce (‘core’) labour standards. Many preferential trade agreements now contain a ‘social clause’, and corporations include labour standards in their CSR-policies (corporate social responsibility). The research project examines the effects of these developments on the effective legal protection of workers. It specifically focuses on the various central, decentral and private oversight- en enforcement mechanisms.

Ruben’s other research interests include international economic law, economic- and social human rights, and law & development. He teaches international law to first year bachelor students in law and political science. Furthermore, Ruben coaches the Jessup Moot Court team. He studied law at Leiden University, and obtained his LL.M. degree cum laude in 2010. In 2011, Ruben obtained a second LL.M. degree with honours (James Kent Scholar) at Columbia University in New York. He has worked as a policy advisor for a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands, in the field of economic policy, corporate law and constitutional law.

Last Modified: 21-06-2016