Leena Grover is Associate Professor of International Law and joined Tilburg Law School in January 2019. She is a Canadian lawyer (Law Society of Ontario) and is currently completing her Habilitation in comparative constitutional law for the University of Zurich (Interim Constitutions: Legal Nature and Performance (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)). Leena completed her doctorate in law at the University of Cologne (Interpreting Crimes in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Cambridge University Press, 2014) after obtaining degrees in law and international relations in Canada (LLB, University of Toronto; BA, Western University). 


Leena's interest in laws that promote peace extends to the following fields of research: transitional justice, comparative constitutional law, international criminal law, international human rights, public international law and the law of international peace and security. Prior to taking up her position at Tilburg, Leena combined her academic work with more than a decade of legal practice, including at the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, UN Human Rights Committee, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Federal Court of Canada, an international commercial law firm and various organisations doing pro bono legal work. As legal adviser to the chief negotiators on the crime of aggression from 2007 to 2010, she assisted with drafting the definition of this crime in the Rome Statute of the ICC. Her work has been cited inter alia by the Supreme Court of Canada,  ICC and International Law Commission.


Leena is passionate about teaching international and comparative law at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as supervising graduate students (Winner, Best Upcoming Teacher Award 2019). She welcomes doctoral thesis proposals in her areas of expertise.



Recent publications

  1. Activating the crime of aggression amendments - A look ahead

    Grover, L. (2019). Activating the crime of aggression amendments: A look ahead. In G. Werle, & A. Zimmermann (Eds.), The international criminal court in turbulent times (pp. 155-172). (International Criminal Justice Series; Vol. 2019, No. 23). T.M.C. Asser Press.
  2. Transitional justice, international law and the United Nations

    Grover, L. (2019). Transitional justice, international law and the United Nations. Nordic Journal of International Law, 88(3), 359-397.
  3. Intertemporality and self-defence against non-state actors

    Grover, L. (2017). Intertemporality and self-defence against non-state actors. Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, 77(1), 79-81.
  4. Interpreting the crime of aggression

    Grover, L. (2016). Interpreting the crime of aggression. In C. Kress, & S. Barriga (Eds.), The crime of aggression : A commentary (pp. 375-411). Cambridge University Press.
  5. The crime of aggression - A commentary

    Kress, C., Barriga, S., & Grover, L. (Eds.) (2016). The crime of aggression: A commentary. (Crime of aggression library).

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