Associate Professor of Law
Deputy Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 525
Administrative Assistant: Gloria Joy
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 518
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
B.A., cum laude, Harvard College
Areas of Expertise
Public International Law topics
International Courts and Tribunals
Conflict of Laws
Nienke Grossman is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches public international law topics and conflict of laws. Her most recent scholarship, published in the American Journal of International Law and forthcoming in the Virginia Journal of International Law, examines the causes of and possible solutions for the paucity of women judges on international courts and tribunals. She has presented her work at various law faculties in the United States and abroad, as well as at the American Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting and Research Forum, the European Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting, the Harvard-Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum, the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre, and before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Grossman was a Research Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, an Associate in Foley Hoag LLP’s international litigation practice, and a law clerk to United States Federal District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, in the Eastern District of Virginia. She has served as a legal advisor or consultant to Latin American states in three cases before the International Court of Justice, and has advised petitioners in cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, including a news organization and relatives of victims of a 1994 terrorist bombing in Argentina. Professor Grossman is co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group and a Strategic Advisor to Gqual, a group dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on international law-making bodies. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Articles and Essays
"Achieving Sex Representative International Court Benches," 110 Am. J. Int'l L. 82 (2016)(Note/Comment).
"Solomonic Judgments and the Legitimacy of the International Court of Justice" in Legitimacy and International Courts (Harlan Cohen, Andreas Follesdal, Nienke Grossman & Geir Ulfstein, eds.) (forthcoming 2016).
"Shattering the Glass Ceiling in International Adjudication," 56 Va. J. Int'l L. (forthcoming 2016).
"The Limits of Judicial Mechanisms for Developing and Enforcing International Environmental Norms," Proceedings of the 109th Annual Meeting, American Society of International Law 189 (2015) (with Jacqueline Peel).
"Do Women Judges Matter to the Legitimacy of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights?," in The Selection Process of the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights: Reflections on Necessary Reforms, Center for Justice and International Law (December 2014).
"The Normative Legitimacy of International Courts," 86 Temp. L. Rev. 61 (2013).
"International Decisions: Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia)," 107 Am. J. Int'l. L. 396 (Summer 2013).
"Sex on the Bench: Do Women Judges Matter to the Legitimacy of International Courts?" 12 Chi. J. Int’l L. 647 (2012).
"Legitimacy and the Balance of the Sexes on International Court Benches," Proceedings of the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law 452 (2012).
Guest blog, IntLawGrrls, "Do Women Judges Matter?" (March 2011).
"Sex Representation on the Bench: Legitimacy and International Criminal Courts," 11 Int’l Crim. L. Rev. 453 (2011) (peer reviewed).
Book review, "The Sword and The Scales: The United States and International Courts and Tribunals," 1 Climate Law 7 (2011) (peer reviewed).
Guest blog, IntLawGrrls, "On Elena Kagan’s Nomination to the United States Supreme Court" (May 2010).
"Introductory Note to Dispute Regarding Navigational and Related Rights (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)," International Court of Justice, Judgment of 13 July 2009, 48 I.L.M. 1180 (2009).
"Legitimacy and International Adjudicative Bodies," 41 G. W. Int’l L. Rev. 107 (dated 2009 but published in 2010).
"Rehabilitation or Revenge: Prosecuting Child Soldiers for Human Rights Violations," 38 G’town J. Int’l L. 323 (Winter 2007), reprinted in part in Sara Dillon, International Children's
Rights (Carolina Academic Press) (Fall 2009).
Talks and Presentations
Presenter, “Women’s representation in international organs and tribunals: A challenge for the Inter-American Human Rights system and beyond/La representación de mujeres en los órganos y tribunales internacionales: un desafío no sólo para el Sistema Interamericano,” Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, June 16, 2016
Moderator, Roundtable Discussion, “One View of the Arena: The Agent’s Perspective in International Dispute Settlement,” American Society of International Law, Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, March 31, 2016
Presenter, “Normative Legitimacy, International Courts and the Global Trust Project,” Global Trust Forum, Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law, Israel, December 16, 2015
Presenter, “Shattering the Glass Ceiling in International Adjudication,” International Law Forum, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, December 2, 2015
Presenter, “Syria and Accountability for International Crimes,” Panel on Syria and Syrians in Crisis, IDC Herzliya, Israel, November 19, 2015
Presenter, “Women Judges on International Courts,” in conjunction with the Gqual Campaign, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Geneva, Switzerland, November 6, 2015
Presenter, "Shattering the Glass Ceiling in International Adjudication," European Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Oslo, Norway, September 10, 2015.
Presenter, "La Selección de los Miembros de la Comisión y los Jueces de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos: Un Proceso Que Requiere Cambios/The Selection of the Members of the Commission and the Judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: A Process in Need of Change," Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, June 9, 2015.
Moderator, "Best Practices in Judicial Selection Procedures," Tillar House, Washington, DC, April 24, 2015.
Moderator, "The Limits of Judicial Mechanisms for Developing and Enforcing International Environmental Norms," American Society of International Law, Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 10, 2015.
Presenter, "Judicial Selection on International Courts and the Tension between Normative and Sociological Legitimacy," Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, February 2015.
Presenter, "Shattering the Glass Ceiling in International Adjudication," Institute for International Law and Justice Colloquium, New York University, January 2015.