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prof. dr. N.M. (Nikolas) Rajkovic

Full Professor 

Tilburg Law School
Public Law & Governance


Head of Section- International Law, European Law, Environmental Law, and Legal History

Nikolas M. Rajkovic is Professor and Chair of International Law at Tilburg University (The Netherlands). He is  an Adjunct Professor in International Law and International Relations at Kyung Hee University (South Korea), and an Adjunct in Transnational Law at the Universite 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 an Academic Council member of the Harvard Law School?s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), and is an Associated Researcher at the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law (CePTL) of the Faculty of Law, VU Amsterdam. In 2012-2013, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Fellowship in Global Governance by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Florence).

Nikolas is formerly a practicing attorney, Assistant Professor at Kyung Hee University, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). He completed his Ph.D. at the European University Institute (2009) in the area of International Criminal Tribunals and the challenge of domestic compliance, with his revised dissertation published by Routledge in 2012: The Politics of International Law and Compliance: Serbia, Croatia and The Hague Tribunal. He holds an M.A (Distinction, 2005) in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University, Budapest, and also an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto (2002). 

Nikolas' research and teaching spans Public International Law, International Legal Theory, International Relations Theory, Interdisciplinarity, International Criminal Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, International Diplomatic Law, and European Human Rights 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 5 disciplinary fields: Administrative Sciences, Geography, International Law; International Relations; and Political Science. Nikolas' current research examines the under-analyzed influence of geographic theories and cartography for how international lawyers visualize boundary practices and international authority. In 2017, he was nominated by the undergraduate and graduate students of Tilburg Law School for awards in three categories: "best teacher overall"; "best teacher-understanding society"; and "teacher with best substantive lectures."


Principal publications

  • Nikolas M. Rajkovic, "The Visual Conquest of International Law: Brute Boundaries, the Map and the Legacy of Cartogenesis", (Forthcoming 2018) 31 Leiden Journal of International Law. 
  • Nikolas M. Rajkovic, "Interdisciplinarity", forthcoming (2018) in Fundamental Concepts for International Law: The Construction of a Discipline (eds.) J d'Aspremont and S Singh (eds.) (Edward Elgar).
  • Nikolas M. Rajkovic, "The Space between Us: International Law, Teleology and the New Orientalism of Counterdisciplinarity", forthcoming (2017) in The Law of International Lawyers: Critical Reflections on the Work of Martti Koskenniemi (eds.) M Koskenniemi, W Werner, M de Hoon and A Galan (Cambridge University Press).
  • Nikolas M. Rajkovic, Tanja E. Aalberts and Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (eds.), The Power of Legality: Practices of International Law and their Politics (Cambridge University Press) July 2016
  • Nikolas M. Rajkovic, "Rules, Lawyering and the Politics of Legality: Critical Sociology and International Law's Rule", Leiden Journal of International Law 27(2) (2014), 331-352. 
Last amended: 16 March 2019