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Nienke GrossmanAssociate 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

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Conflict of Laws
International Courts and Tribunals
International Criminal Law
International Environmental Law
Public International Law

Nienke Grossman is an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches International Law, International Environmental Law Seminar, International Criminal Law and Conflict of Laws. Her research concerns the legitimacy of international courts, the paucity of women judges on international courts and the International Court of Justice. She has presented her scholarship 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 for International Law, and at various law faculties. Her scholarship has been published in several journals, including the Chicago Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the  International Criminal Law Review, Temple Law Review and the Virginia Journal of International  Law (forthcoming 2016).

Grossman is co-chair of the International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Legal Theory Interest Group. She is a legal adviser to Chile in Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile), served as a Legal Adviser to Chile in Maritime Dispute (Peru v. Chile) and was a consultant to Uruguay in Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay), before the International Court of Justice.  Her pro bono work includes representation of Memoria Activa, a group of victims of a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She is also a Strategic Advisor to Gqual, an initiative to increase the percentage of women serving on international courts and tribunals and other international law bodies.

Before joining the School of Law, Grossman was an associate in the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Foley Hoag LLP and clerked for the Honorable Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the recipient of a research fellowship. She is fluent in Spanish and French.

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

"Solomic Judgments and the Legitmacy 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).

"Do Women Judges Matter to the Legitimacy of the Inter-American Court

"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).

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Talks and Presentations

Speaker, Improving Sex Representation on International Courts, Association of American Law Schools.

Workshop on Transnational Perspectives on Equality Law, Washington, D.C. (June 2014).

Panel moderator, Human Rights in Emergencies, International Legal Theory Interest Group Symposium, Tillar House, Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2014).

Speaker, Legitimate International Adjudication and the Judiciary, Symposium on Legitimacy and International Courts, University of Oslo’s PluriCourts Center of Excellence, Oslo, Norway (March 12-14, 2014).

Speaker, Why so few women on international courts? Junior International Law Scholars Association Annual Meeting, University of California, Berkeley (Jan. 31, 2014).

Speaker, The Paucity of Women Judges on International Courts, Le juge est une femme, Centre de Droit Public, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (Nov. 7-8, 2013).

Recent Media

"Normative Legitimacy and International Courts," IntLawGrrls: voices on international law, policy, practice (Jan. 9, 2014).

"The Judge Is a Woman," IntLawGrrls: voices on international law, policy, practice (Nov. 5, 2013).