Catherine (Kiki) Brölmann is an associate professor of international law at the Department of International Law, and a research fellow at the Amsterdam Center for International Law. She is Director of the PhD Programme in Law at the UvA.
In 2023-2024 Brölmann is visiting professor at the law school of Sorbonne university. Since 2019 she has been visiting professor of international law at Université Lyon 3. In 2023 she completed her last term as member and vice-chair of the national Advisory Committee for Public International Law (CAVV).
She holds a degree in law (LL.M and PhD, UvA) and in Italian and Romance Literature Studies (MA, UvA). Other legal formation includes a diploma of the University of Helsinki Summer Seminar.
Brölmann's work has focused on general international law; law of international organization(s); international rule of law; rule-making processes; interaction between national, international and institutional legal orders; theory of international law; law of treaties; collective human rights; international law and governance of water and other natural resources. On these themes she has supervised and examined a number of PhD theses.
She is co-editor-in-chief of Oxford International Organizations (OXIO); editor on the board of the International Community Law Review; member of the Scientific Board of the International Law Book Series with Editoriale Scientifica, and of the International Board of Editors of the Polish Review of International and European Law. She is currently a delegate member of the International Law Association Studygroup on International Law of Regional Organisations.
Brölmann held visiting Research Fellowships at the Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge; at Queen Mary College, University of London; at the University of Bologna, and at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. In 2012 she was visiting professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna.
She has worked for an extensive period on secondment to the legal division of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Theory and practice of international law have also been combined in her work a.o. as an external legal advisor to the NGO Both Ends; as a member of the Board of Directors of WaterLex (Geneva); as an expert to the Court of Appeal in The Hague; and as an external legal expert to the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) on modifications in the OTIF constitutive treaty.
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- ‘Treaties, Provisional Application’ in Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (OUP 2020), with Guido den Dekker.
- 'Specialized Rules of Treaty Interpretation: International Organizations’, in D Hollis (ed), The Oxford Guide to Treaties (OUP 2012), fully revised chapter for second edition (OUP 2020).
- 'Capturing the Juridical Will of International Organizations' in Jean d’Aspremont and Sufyan Droubi (eds), International Organizations and the Formation of Customary International Law (Manchester University Press, 2020)
- ‘Personality’ in J d’Aspremont & S Singh (eds), Concepts for International Law ‐ Contributions to Disciplinary Thought (London, Edward Elgar, 2019), with J Nijman
- ‘Sustainable Development Goal 6 as a Game Changer for International Water Law’, European Society of International Law Reflection Vol. 7, Issue 5, 2018
- “Typologies and the ‘Essential Juridical Character’ of Treaties” in M Bowman and D Kritsiotis (eds), Conceptual and Contextual Perspectives on the Modern Law of Treaties (Cambridge University Press 2018)
- ‘The Law of Treaties before Domestic Courts’, in PA Nollkaemper, A Reinisch, R Janik & F Simlinger (eds), International Law in Domestic Courts (Oxford University Press 2018), with C Binder.
- Research Handbook on the Theory and Practice of International Lawmaking (London, Edward Elgar Publishers, 2016), with Y Radi (eds).
- The 1980 ICJ advisory opinion on Interpretation of the Agreement of 25 March 1951 between the WHO and Egypt, in I Dekker, C Ryngaert, R Wessel, J Wouters (eds) Leading Judicial Decisions of the Law of International Organizations (Oxford University Press, 2016).
- “Member States and International Legal Responsibility: Developments of the Institutional Veil”, 12 (2015) International Organizations Law Review 358-381
- ‘The PCIJ and International Rights of Groups and Individuals’, in Chr Tams & M Fitzmaurice, Legacies of the Permanent Court of International Justice (Leiden-Boston, Martinus Nijhoff, 2013), 123-143
- CM Brölmann & A Tanzi (eds), Community and Sovereignty : Transboundary Aquifers and International Law (Brill, 2011 - Special Issue of the ICLRev vol. 13)
- 'International Organizations and Treaties: Contractual Freedom and Institutional Constraint' in J Klabbers (ed.), Research Handbook on International Organizations, London, Elgar Publishers, 2011, 285-312
- 'Challenging International Criminal Tribunals before Domestic Courts', in A Reinisch (ed.), Challenges of Acts of International Organizations before National Courts (Oxford University Press, 2010), 111-136 (with J d'Aspremont)
- The Institutional Veil in Public International Law: International Organisations and the Law of Treaties, Oxford , Hart Publishers, 2007 [see link below] -- (Reviews include the European JIL, American JIL, Netherlands JIL, the Journal of Conflict and Security Law)
- 'Deterritorialization in International Law : Moving away from the Divide between National and International Law' in J Nijman & A Nollkaemper, New Perspectives on the Divide between National and International Law, Oxford University Press, 2007, 84-109 [see link below]
- 'A Flat Earth? International Organizations in the System of International Law', in International Organizations , Series: Library of Essays in International Law, Ashgate, 2006, 183-206 (reprint from the Nordic Journal of IL)
- 'Beyond state sovereignty: The Human Right to water' in 5 Non-State actors and International Law 2005, 183-208 (with Th Kiefer).
- 'Law-Making Treaties: Form and Function in International Law', 74 Nordic Journal of International Law 2005, Issue 3, 383-404
- 'Limits to the Treaty Paradigm' in M Craven & M Fitzmaurice (eds.), Interrogating the Treaty: Essays in the Contemporary Law ofTreaties , Wolf Legal Publishers, 2005, 28-39
Currently taught courses at the UVA are Internationaal Publiekrecht; International Organization; and the research master seminar series on the International Rule of Law. Other focal areas of teaching are the Law of Treaties, Sources & Foundations of International Law; Law & Practice of the United Nations, International Water Law and the EU as an international actor.
Visiting and associate lectureships include Queen Mary college, University of London; University of Leiden; University of Helsinki; Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam; University of Bologna; Yeditepe University of Istanbul; Nederlandse Academie voor Wetgeving // Netherlands Academy for Legislation; The Hague Academy for International Law (external programme).