Associate Professor of Law
Deputy Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 525
Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
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 of Law and Deputy Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches civil procedure, public international law topics, and conflict of laws. Her most recent scholarship, published in the American Journal of International Law and 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 is also co-editing a forthcoming book on Legitimacy and International Courts (Cambridge University Press). Professor Grossman 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, before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Geneva, and at International Law Week at the UN in New York.
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 Court 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. Professor Grossman was co-chair of the 900+ American Society of International Law’s International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group from 2014 to 2017, and she is currently serving on its Program Committee. In 2017, she served on a five-member Independent Panel of Experts convened by non-governmental human rights organizations to evaluate candidates to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as well as formulate recommendations for improving selection procedures to the Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She is a Strategic Advisor to Gqual, a group dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on international law-making bodies. Professor Grossman is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.
Articles and Essays
“Judge Julia Sebutinde: An Unbreakable Cloth,” in African Women Judges on International Courts: Untold Stories (Josephine Dawuni & Akua Kuenyehia, eds.) (Routledge Press, forthcoming 2017)
“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.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017).
“Legitimacy of International Courts: A Framework,” in Legitimacy and International Courts (Harlan Cohen, Andreas Follesdal, Nienke Grossman & Geir Ulfstein, eds.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017) (co-authored with co-editors).
“Shattering the Glass Ceiling in International Adjudication,” 56 Va. J. Int’l L. 339 (201
“Achieving Sex Representative International Court Benches,” 110 Am. J. Int’l L. 82 (2016). (Note/Comment).
“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).
Guest Blog, IntLawGrrls, “Normative Legitimacy and International Courts” (January 2014).
“The Normative Legitimacy of International Courts,” 86 Temple L. Rev. 61 (2013).
“International Decisions: Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia),” 107 Am. J. Int’l L. 396 (Spring 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, American Society of International Law 452 (2012). “Sex Representation on the Bench: Legitimacy and International Criminal Courts,” 11 Int’l Crim. L. Rev. 453 (2011).
Book Review, The Sword and The Scales: The United States and International Courts and Tribunals, 1 Climate Law 7 (2011).
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 (2009).
“Rehabilitation or Revenge: Prosecuting Child Soldiers for Human Rights Violations,” 38 G’town J. Int’l L. 323 (Winter 2007).
Talks and Presentations
Presenter and Co-Author, Final Report of the Independent Panel for the Election of Commissioners to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,” Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico, June 16, 2017 (in Spanish)
Presenter and Co-Author, Final Report of the Independent Panel for the Election of Commissioners to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,” Open Society Justice Initiative, Washington, DC, June 5, 2017
Lecturer, “Women in International Legal Research Careers,” (to doctoral students) and “Legitimacy and the International Court of Justice,” (public lecture), University of Ghent, Belgium, May 9, 2017
Panelist, “Feminist Judgments Project,” Center on Applied Feminism Annual Conference, University of Baltimore School of Law, March 30, 2017
Presenter, “Judge Julia Sebutinde: An Unbreakable Cloth,” Interdisciplinary Conference on Women Judges, University of Oslo, March 22, 2017
Panelist, “The Law According to Trump: The Legal Landscape and the New Administration,” University of Baltimore Law School, January 19, 2017
Panelist, “Feminist Approaches to International Law 25 Years On,” International Law Weekend, Fordham Law School, New York, October 28, 2016
Panelist, “Gender Balance and Diversity in International Adjudication: A Glass Ceiling?,” Side Event for Legal Advisors at United Nations International Law Week, New York, October 27, 2016