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Nikolas Rajkovic

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  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 530

    5037 DE Tilburg

    Netherlands

20082020

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Research interests

Nikolas M. Rajkovic is Professor and Chair of International Law at Tilburg University (The Netherlands), and is an Adjunct Professor in International Law and International Relations at Kyung Hee University (South Korea). He came to the Netherlands from the University of Kent (UK), where in 2015 he was awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences Prize for Early Career Research. Nikolas is an Academic Council member of the Harvard Law School?s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), and is an Associated Researcher at the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law (CePTL) of the Faculty of Law, VU Amsterdam. In 2012-2013, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Fellowship in Global Governance by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Florence).

Nikolas is formerly a practicing attorney, Assistant Professor at Kyung Hee University, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). He completed his Ph.D. at the European University Institute (2009) in the area of International Criminal Tribunals and the challenge of domestic compliance, with his revised dissertation published by Routledge in 2012: The Politics of International Law and Compliance: Serbia, Croatia and The Hague Tribunal. He holds an M.A (Distinction, 2005) in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University, Budapest, and also an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto (2002). 

Nikolas' research and teaching spans Public International Law, International Legal Theory, International Relations Theory, Interdisciplinarity, International Criminal Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, International Diplomatic Law, and European Human Rights Law. His work has been published by leading journals and publishers across both disciplinary International Law and International Relations: notably Cambridge University Press, the European Journal of International Relations, and the Leiden Journal of International Law. His output has been cited in publications across 5 disciplinary fields: Administrative Sciences, Geography, International Law; International Relations; and Political Science. Nikolas' current research examines the under-analyzed influence of geographic theories and cartography for how international lawyers visualize boundary practices and international authority. In 2017, he was nominated by the undergraduate and graduate students of Tilburg Law School for awards in three categories: "best teacher overall"; "best teacher-understanding society"; and "teacher with best substantive lectures."

Career

Dr. Nikolas M. Rajkovic (b. 1974) arrived at Tilburg Law School from the University of Kent (UK), where in 2015 he was awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences Prize for Early Career Research. He is an Associated Researcher at the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law (CePTL) of the Faculty of Law, VU Amsterdam and Adjunct Professor of International Law and Relations at the Kyung Hee University (South Korea). 

Rajkovic completed his Ph.D. at the European University Institute, Florence (2009) in the area of International Criminal Tribunals and the challenge of domestic compliance, with his revised dissertation published by Routledge in 2011: The Politics of International Law and Compliance. He holds an M.A (Distinction, 2005) in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University, Budapest, and also an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto (2002). 

Rajkovic is formerly a practicing attorney in labor and employment law, Assistant Professor at Kyung Hee University, where he received an Excellent Lecture Award for his teaching, and a postdoctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). In 2012-2013, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Fellowship in Global Governance by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (Florence). Since 2012, Rajkovic has been a faculty member of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School; and now serves on the Academic Council of the IGLP.  He served as Management Committee member of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action IS1003 "International Law between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation: the role of law in the postnational constellation (2011-2015)."

Teaching

Professor Rajkovic teaches three courses in International Law across the bachelors and masters level, in both our International and European Law Programme as well the Global Law Programme:

Public International Law (LLB International and European Law)

Global Legal Rule: The Transformation of International Law (LLB Global law) 

Public International Law: Continuity and Transformation (LLM)

Current courses

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PhD supervision

Professor Rajkovic invites applications for PhD studies in the following areas of interest:

(1) Public International Law

(2) International Law and International Relations

(3) International Investment Arbitration

(4) International Humanitarian Law

(5) International Criminal Law

(6) International and Transnational Legal Theory

(7) Warfare, Lawfare and Drone Technologies

(8) Cyberwarfare

(9) Critical Legal Studies and Critical Geography

Students interested in pursuing a PhD application are encouraged to contact Professor Rajkovic and provide a maximum two-page prelimininary proposal clearly setting out: (a) The research problem; (b) the research question(s); (c) a map of relevant literature; (d) your preliminary argument; and (e) your selected case studies.

Keywords

  • International Law
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Globalisation
  • International Politics

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Research Output

  • Interdisciplinarity

    Rajkovic, N., Feb 2019, Concepts for international law: Contributions to disciplinary thought. D'Aspremont, J. & Singh, S. (eds.). Edward Elgar, p. 490-504 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    International law and the ides of March: A response to David Kennedy

    Rajkovic, N., 20 Dec 2018, In : Tilburg Law Review: Journal on international and comparative law. 23, 1-2, p. 121-124 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • The visual conquest of international law: Brute boundaries, the map and the legacy of cartogenesis

    Rajkovic, N., 1 Jun 2018, In : Leiden Journal of International Law. 31, 2, p. 267-288 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review