Professor of Law
Deputy Director, Center for International and Comparative Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 512
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
International Human Rights
Nienke Grossman is a 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, International Law, and Human Rights. Her scholarship, published in top international law journals including the American Journal of International Law, has focused primarily on legitimacy and international courts, judicial selection and gender balance, and the International Court of Justice. 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 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 serves on ASIL’s Standing Committee on Interest Groups. In 2017, she was appointed to an Independent Panel of Experts convened by non-governmental human rights organizations to evaluate candidates to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and to make 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
“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, 2018).
“Legitimacy of International Courts: A Framework,” in Legitimacy and International Courts (Cohen et al., eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2018) (co-authored).
“Judge Julia Sebutinde: An Unbreakable Cloth,” in International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives (Josephine Dawuni & Akua Kuenyehia, eds.) (Routledge Press, 2017).
“Shattering the Glass Ceiling in International Adjudication,” 56 Va. J. Int’l L. 339 (2016).
“Achieving Sex Representative International Court Benches,” 110 Am. J. Int’l L. 82 (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 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).
“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 (2007).
Selective Talks and Presentations
Panelist, “Gender and Racial Diversity Before International Courts and Tribunals,” ABA International Law Section, Spring Meeting, New York, NY, April 19, 2018
Panelist, Legitimacy and International Courts: Book Launch, American Society of International Law, Washington, DC, April 5, 2018
Panelist, Unveiling Narratives of International Courts and the African Women Judge: Book Launch, Women in Public Service Project, Wilson Center, Washington, DC, March 12, 2018
Panelist, Meeting on UN Treaty Bodies Elections, International Disability Alliance, Geneva (remote participation), December 12, 2017
Panelist, Global Voices in International Law: International Courts and Women Judges, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Wilson Center, Washington, DC, December 5, 2017
Roundtable Participant, “Equidad de género y balance geográfico y de sistemas legales en la composición de la CIDH y la Corte IDH,” Inter-American Forum, Organization of American States, Washington, DC, December 5, 2017 (in Spanish)
Panelist and Rapporteur of Working Group on Achieving Gender Parity on the International Court of Justice, Gqual Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands, October 3-5, 2017
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)