Nikolas M. Rajkovic is Professor and Chair of International Law at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), and is Head of the Department of Public Law and Governance (PLG). He is an Adjunct Professor in International Law and International Relations at Kyung Hee University (South Korea), and also an Adjunct in Transnational Law at the Université de Sherbrooke (Canada). He came to the Netherlands from the University of Kent (UK), where in 2015 he was awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences Prize for Early Career Research. Nikolas is senior faculty, and an Academic Council member, at the Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP). In 2012-2013, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Fellowship in Global Governance by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Florence). He completed his Ph.D. at the European University Institute (2009) in the area of International Criminal Tribunals and the challenge of domestic compliance


Nikolas' research and teaching spans Public International Law, International Legal Theory, International Relations Theory, International Criminal Law, the Law of Armed Conflict and Transnational Law. His work has been published by leading journals and publishers across both disciplinary International Law and International Relations: notably Cambridge University Press, the European Journal of International Relations, and the Leiden Journal of International Law. His output has been cited in publications across 6 disciplinary fields: Administrative Sciences, Geography, International Law; International Relations; Political Science; and Tax Law. Nikolas' current research examines the under-analyzed influence of geographic theories and cartography for how international lawyers visualize boundary practices and international authority.


In 2019, Nikolas was awarded "Most Inspiring Lecturer" by the undergraduate and graduate students of Tilburg Law School.  2017, he was nominated for awards in three categories: “best teacher overall”; “best teacher-understanding society”; and “teacher with best substantive lectures.”


Recent publications

  1. Performing “legality” in the theatre of hostilities - Asymmetric conf…

    Rajkovic, N. (2020). Performing “legality” in the theatre of hostilities: Asymmetric conflict, lawfare and the rise of vicarious litigation. San Diego International Law Journal, 21(2), 435-456.
  2. What is a "grave" international crime? - The Rome Statute, Durkheim a…

    Rajkovic, N. (2020). What is a "grave" international crime? The Rome Statute, Durkheim and the sociology of ruling outrages. Loyola University Chicago International Law Review, 16(1).
  3. Interdisciplinarity

    Rajkovic, N. (2019). Interdisciplinarity. In J. D'Aspremont, & S. Singh (Eds.), Concepts for international law: Contributions to disciplinary thought (pp. 490-504). Edward Elgar.
  4. International law and the ides of March - A response to David Kennedy

    Rajkovic, N. (2018). International law and the ides of March: A response to David Kennedy. Tilburg Law Review: Journal on international and comparative law, 23(1-2), 121-124.
  5. The visual conquest of international law - Brute boundaries, the map …

    Rajkovic, N. (2018). The visual conquest of international law: Brute boundaries, the map and the legacy of cartogenesis. Leiden Journal of International Law, 31(2), 267-288.

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