Carsten Stahn


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PhD projects

I am willing to supervise PhD projects in the areas of public international law, international criminal law, human rights, transitional justice and peace and security.


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Research Interests

Carsten Stahn is currently Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at Leiden University where he serves as Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (The Hague) and concurrently Professor of Public International Law and International Criminal Justice at the School. He has previously worked as Legal Officer in Chambers of the International Criminal Court (2003-2007) and as Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2000-2003). He obtained his PhD degree (summa cum laude) from Humboldt University Berlin after completing his First and Second State Exam in Law in Germany. He holds LL.M. degrees from New York University and Cologne/Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).

His research interests can be divided into three main strands. One strand of work concerns global legal concepts and their function in the international legal order. A second strand relates to international practices, including the role of international courts and tribunals and their effects. A third strand of his work deals with critique and readings of international law, including the relationship between human rights, criminal justice and humanitarianism.

He has published 13 books and over 70 articles/essays in different fields of international law and international justice. His PhD on International Territorial Administration won the Ciardi Price of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (2009). He has conducted two large NWO funded research projects on Jus Post Bellum and Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership.  His most recent works in international criminal justice include The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (OUP, 2015), Contested Justice (CUP, 2015) and a Critical Introduction to International Criminal Law (CUP, 2018). He is Editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and Correspondent of the Netherlands International Law Review

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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