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prof. dr. N.M. Rajkovic

Full Professor 

Tilburg Law School
Department European and International Public Law


Nikolas M. Rajkovic is Professor and Chair of International Law at Tilburg Law School, appointed on January 1st, 2016. Rajkovic's research addresses the question of how international organizations, states, and non-state actors compete to impose different types of international legal rules in an increasingly globalized world. He is an award-winning lecturer who will draw from dual qualifications in International Law and International Relations to prepare Tilburg students for the growing complexities of international and global law in the 21st century. 

At Tilburg Law School's Department of European and International Public Law, Nikolas M. Rajkovic will explore how an increasingly transnational mass of persons, goods and wealth now transforms the traditional inter-state configuration of international legal order. This dynamic has precipitated a new politics of "legality", and Rajkovic aims to understand how novel configurations of international organizations, states, and non-state actors compete to impose different types of international legal rules. He will teach extensively in Tilburg Law School's bachelors and masters programs including the Global Law program.

Conceptually, he seeks to map how novel practices of socio-legal organization are mutating legal rule beyond the Weberian ideal of the state as the essential concept through which territory, authority and population are ordered today. Empirically, Rajkovic further aims to understand how new juridical practices are remaking "legal" possibilities through: performances of non-traditional jurisdiction (e.g. drone warfare, global value chains, militant environmental activism); practices of "expertise" in the constitution of global legal authority (e.g. military legal advisors; foreign investment and trade arbitrators); and growing transnational practices of population control (e.g. blacklisting, whitelisting and migration control).


Principal publications

  • Nikolas M. Rajkovic, "Interdisciplinarity", forthcoming (2017) 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. 
  • Nikolas M. Rajkovic, "On Fragments and Geometry: The International Legal Order as Metaphor and How it Matters", Erasmus Law Review 6(1) (2013), 6-16.
Last amended: 20 September 2016