Inaugural lecture of Prof. dr. C. Stahn

On Monday 31 October 2011, Prof. dr. C. Stahn will deliver his inaugural lecture on the occasion of the acceptance of his appointment as Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice. He will speak on the theme: Between ‘faith’ and ‘facts’: By what standards should we assess International Criminal Justice?  


Carsten Stahn joined the Department of Public International Law of the Leiden Law School three years ago, following a previous teaching engagement in our LL.M. programmes, several years of legal practice in Chambers at the International Criminal Court and research at the Max Planck Institute for Public International Law in Heidelberg.

His chair is part of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and Faculty Campus The Hague. During the past years, he obtained two prestigious NWO research grants on "Jus Post Bellum project" and "Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership project" (Vidi project). He manages the activities at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague, and serves as Programme Director of the LL.M. Advanced in Public International Law, which is one of the world-leading LL.M. programmes in international criminal justice. He has developed new initiatives of the Grotius Centre, such as the Grotius PhD track and academic partnership with Brandeis University. He has also helped setting up the new Leiden University College The Hague and its Major in ‘Global Justice’.

Last year, he was appointed as Chair of International Criminal Law and Global Justice at our Faculty. This is the first chair in the Netherlands with this particular focus. It reflects the dynamic diversification and transformation of international courts and tribunals, as well as the broader role of international justice in the management of human security and global legal challenges, with a critical eye on theory and practice.


Carsten Stahn’s research is situated at the crossroads of international law and international justice. He has an extensive record of international publications, and has published on international law and post-conflict justice in many leading journals. His book on the ‘Law and Practice of International Territorial Administration’ won the 2009 Ciardi Prize. His work has been cited in the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights and individual opinions of Judges of the International Court of Justice.

Practical information

Monday 31 October 2011, at 16:15 (sharp)

Groot Auditorium Academiegebouw, Rapenburg 73, Leiden.

Last Modified: 06-10-2011