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mr. dr. C.M. (Catherine) Brölmann

Faculty of Law
Public International Law
Photographer: Dirk Gillissen

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: 10.16
Postal address
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
  • Profile

    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, and director of the Research Master in Public International Law

    Brölmann is a member of the Advisory Committee for  Public International Law of the Netherlands Government.

    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 (1998).

    Research

    Her work has focused on general public 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.

    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 a delegate member of the Studygroup on Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation, International Law Association, and of the former ILA Studygroup on Responsibility of International Organisations.

    She 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 http://www.ias.unibo.it/ISA/Proposals/VisitingProfessors/default.htm).

    Brölmann has worked for an extensive period on secondment to the legal division of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has worked with the practice of international law also a.o. as an external legal advisor to  the organization Both Ends -  i.a. in  the steering group of the government-funded project  "The Right to Water at the World Bank" -, 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.

    Collection of short essays on 'Secession within the Union'

    Amsterdam Center for International Law

    Advisory Committee for International Law of the Netherlands' Government

    Oxford International Organizations (OXIO)

    International Community Law Review

    Theory and Practice of International Lawmaking (2016)
    The Institutional veil in Public International Law (2007)

    Selected Publications

    [SSRN author page http://ssrn.com/author=408220 and see for a full list of publications below]

    • '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 2019 forthcoming).
    • ‘Personality’ in J d’Aspremont & S Singh (eds), Concepts for International Law ‐ Contributions to Disciplinary Thought (London, Edward Elgar, 2019), with J Nijman
    • “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)
    • '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, 2019, Forthcoming)
    • ‘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 ofInternational 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

    The Institutional Veil in Public International Law

    Blog post: Secession within the Union - after Scotland's NO, the quest for a legal framework continues (ACELG 2014)

    Blog post: International Law as a Tool for Global Water Governance (The Broker 2013)

    Teaching

    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). 

    Internationaal Publiekrecht

    International Organization

    Research Master in PIL

  • Publications

    2019

    • Brölmann, C., & Nijman, J. (2019). Personality. In J. d'Aspremont, & S. Singh (Eds.), Concepts for International Law: Contributions to Disciplinary Thought (pp. 678-690). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781783474684.00049

    2018

    • Binder, C., & Brölmann, C. (2018). The Law of Treaties. In A. Nollkaemper, & A. Reinisch (Eds.), International Law in Domestic Courts : A Casebook (pp. 197-242). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]
    • Brölmann, C. (2018). Sustainable Development Goal 6 as a Game Changer for International Water Law. ESIL Reflections, 7(5). [details]
    • Brölmann, C. (2018). Typologies and the ‘Essential Juridical Character’ of Treaties. In M. Bowman, & D. Kritsiotis (Eds.), Conceptual and Contextual Perspectives on the Modern Law of Treaties (pp. 79-102). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316179031.006 [details]
    • Brölmann, C. M. (Guest ed.), Collins, R. (Guest ed.), Droubi, S. (Guest ed.), & Wessel, R. A. (Guest ed.) (2018). Special Issue: Exiting International Organizations. International Organizations Law Review , 15(2), 243-419. [details]
    • Brölmann, C. M., Collins, R., Droubi, S., & Wessel, R. A. (2018). Exiting International Organizations: A Brief Introduction. International Organizations Law Review , 15(2), 243-263. https://doi.org/10.1163/15723747-01502001 [details]

    2016

    • Brölmann, C., & Radi, Y. (Eds.) (2016). Research handbook on the theory and practice of international lawmaking. (Research handbooks in international law). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [details]

    2015

    2013

    • Brölmann, C. (2013). The PCIJ and International Rights of Groups and Individuals. In C. J. Tams, & M. Fitzmaurice (Eds.), Legacies of the Permanent Court of International Justice (pp. 123-143). (Queen Mary studies in international law; No. 13). Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. [details]

    2012

    • Brölmann, C. (2012). Specialized Rules of Treaty Interpretation: International Organizations. In D. B. Hollis (Ed.), The Oxford guide to treaties (pp. 507-524). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details]

    2011

    • Brölmann, C. (2011). International organizations and treaties: contractual freedom and institutional constraint. In J. Klabbers, & Å. Wallendahl (Eds.), Research handbook on the law of international organizations (pp. 285-312). (Research handbooks in international law). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [details]
    • d' Aspremont, J., & Brölmann, C. (2011). Challenging international criminal tribunals before domestic courts. In A. Reinisch (Ed.), Challenging acts of international organizations before national courts (pp. 111-136). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595297.003.0005 [details]

    2017

    • Brölmann, C., van Alebeek, R., & Nollkaemper, A. (Eds.) (2017). Jurisprudentie en documentatie internationaal publiekrecht. - 7e druk. (Boom jurisprudentie en documentatie). Den Haag: Boom Juridisch. [details]
    • Brölmann, K. (2017). Brexit en bestaande verdragsverplichtingen. Nederlands Juristenblad, 92(25), 1748-1750. [1332]. [details]

    2016

    • Brölmann, C. (2016). Interpretation of the Agreement of 25 March 1951 between the WHO and Egypt, Advisory Opinion, [1980] ICJ Rep 73. In C. Ryngaert, I. F. Dekker, R. A. Wessel, & J. Wouters (Eds.), Judicial Decisions on the Law of International Organizations (pp. 245-254). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/law/9780198743620.001.0001 [details]
    • Brölmann, C., & Radi, Y. (2016). Introduction: International lawmaking in a global world. In C. Brölmann, & Y. Radi (Eds.), Research handbook on the theory and practice of international lawmaking (pp. 1-9). (Research handbooks in international law). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781781953228.00007 [details]

    2014

    • Brölmann, C., & Vandamme, T. (2014). Secession within the Union: intersection points of international and European law. In C. Brölmann, & T. Vandamme (Eds.), Secession within the Union: intersection points of international and European law: collected think pieces (pp. 5-9). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, Amsterdam Centre for International Law. [details]
    • Brölmann, C., & Vandamme, T. (Eds.) (2014). Secession within the Union: intersection points of international and European law: collected think pieces. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, Amsterdam Centre for International Law. [details]
    • Brölmann, C., van Alebeek, R., den Heijer, M., & Nollkaemper, A. (Eds.) (2014). Jurisprudentie en documentatie internationaal publiekrecht. - 6e dr. (Boom jurisprudentie en documentatie). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. [details]

    2013

    • Brölmann, C., van Alebeek, R., den Heijer, M., Nollkaemper, A., & Vermeer, A. (Eds.) (2013). Jurisprudentie en documentatie internationaal publiekrecht. - 5e dr. (Boom jurisprudentie en documentatie). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. [details]

    2012

    • Brölmann, K., & Nijman, J. (2012). Rechtstreekse werking verdragen goed voor Nederland. Openbaar Bestuur, 22(6), 13-15. [details]

    2011

    • Brölmann, K. (2011). Het constitutionele perspectief en de 'coming of age' van internationale organisaties. In J. H. Reestman, A. Schrauwen, M. van Montfrans, & J. Jans (Eds.), De regels en het spel: opstellen over recht, filosofie, literatuur en geschiedenis aangeboden aan Tom Eijsbouts (pp. 73-85). Den Haag: T.M.C. Asser Press. [details]

    2018

    • Brölmann, C. M., Den Dekker, G., van den Herik, L., De Hoogh, A., & Lammers, J. (2018). Het streven naar onafhankelijkheid van de Koerdische Autonome Regio in Irak in het licht van de Montevideo-criteria: CAVV Advies # 31. (Commissie Advies Volkenrechtelijke Vraagstukken; No. 31). Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken/Ministerie van Defensie.
    • d' Aspremont, J. (Author), Brölmann, C. (Author), & Lythgoe, G. (Author). (2018). Do We Need Another Database of International Law Documents?. Web publication/site, EJIL: Talk!. Retrieved from https://www.ejiltalk.org/do-we-need-another-database-of-international-law-documents/#more-15981 [details]

    2017

    • Brölmann, C. (2017). Legal assessment of the COTIF revision procedure and of possibilities for its amendment. Berne: OTIF. [details]
    • Brölmann, C. M. (2017). Internationaal recht. In A. van Montfort (Ed.), Hoofdstukken recht voor niet-juristen: inleiding recht voor bedrijf en overheid (3 ed., pp. 399-422). (Boom Juridische studieboeken). Den Haag: Boom Juridisch. [details]
    • Brölmann, C. M., Den Dekker, G., De Hoogh, A., Lammers, J., & Wessel, R. (2017). De identificatie van internationaal gewoonterecht: CAVV Advies # 29. (Commissie Advies Volkenrechtelijke Vraagstukken; No. 29). Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken/Ministerie van Defensie.
    • Brölmann, C. M., Den Dekker, G., De Hoogh, A., Lammers, J., & Wessel, R. (2017). De latere overeenstemming en latere praktijk met betrekking tot de interpretatie van verdragen: CAVV Advies # 30 (Commentaar bij enkele ILC-ontwerpartikelen over Subsequent agreements and subsequent practice). (Rapporten Commissie Advies Volkenrechtelijke Vraagstukken). Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken.
    • Brölmann, C., & Kuzmenko, A. (2017). La révision de la procédure de modification de la COTIF au prisme du droit international public. Bulletin des transports internationaux ferroviaires, 125(3), 13-18. [details]
    • Brölmann, C., & Kuzmenko, A. (2017). Review of the COTIF Amendment Procedure: Assessment of the Public International Law Dimension. Bulletin of International Carriage by Rail, 125(3), 13-17. [details]

    2016

    • Brölmann, C. (2016). Public International Law - steel frame or safety net? ESIL Newsletter, 2016(July), [2]. [details]
    • Brölmann, C. M., & Beets, R., (2016). Case Note: Netherlands Supreme Court (No 14/01783: Anonymous v. Public Prosecutor): ILDC 2571 (NL 2015) , (International Law in Domestic Courts).
    • Globalization TrendLab 2016 (The Lauder Institute-Wharton School), Abrahami, R., Anderson, T. L., Balaban, M., Barragán-Ocaña, A., Brölmann, C., ... Wu, H. (2016). Water: Scarcity, Excess and the Geopolitics of Allocation. (Globalization TrendLab; Vol. 2016). Philadelphia: Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. [details]

    2015

    • Commissie van Advies inzake Volkenrechtelijke Vraagstukken, Werner, W. G., van den Herik, L. J., Brölmann, C. M., den Dekker, G. R., Oude Elferink, A. G., ... Wessel, R. A. (2015). Advies inzake Aansprakelijkheid van Internationale Organisaties. (Advies - CAVV; No. 27). Den Haag: Commissie van Advies inzake Volkenrechtelijke Vraagstukken. [details]

    2014

    2013

    2012

    2011

    Journal editor

    • Brölmann, C. (member of editorial board) (2007-). International Community Law Review (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Brölmann, C. (invited speaker) (27-1-2017). The Juridical will of international organisations : can IOs ‘have’ opinio juris?, University of Manchester.
    • Brölmann, C. (invited speaker) (23-9-2016). ‘Dynamic interpretation and dynamic regimes: the case of Whaling in the Antarctic’, Queen Mary, University of London.

    Others

    • Brölmann, C. (examiner) (18-9-2019). An Institutional Perspective on the United Nations Criminal Tribunals: Governance, Independence and Impartiality (examination).
    • Brölmann, C. (organiser) (3-4-2019). esil research forum 2019. workshop - An Ambivalent Engagement: International Organisations and the International Rule of Law (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brölmann, C. (organiser) (7-3-2019). TWO SOULS IN ONE BREAST: THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONAL LAWYER AS SCHOLAR AND AS PRACTITIONER, The Hague, Netherlands. Discussion with Gabrielle Marceau (WTO) and Niels Blokker (Leiden University), moderated by Catherine Brölmann (ACIL-UvA) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brölmann, C. (examiner) (5-3-2019). Preventing Nuclear Terrorism: International Law and Nuclear Security Governance (examination).
    • Brölmann, C. (organiser) (13-9-2018). 14th Annual Conference of European Society of International Law: Universality, Manchester, United Kingdom. Co-organizer of workshop “Case studies on International Organizations and Universality”, ESIL Interest Group on IOs, side event to Conference of the (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brölmann, C. (examiner) (16-5-2018). Strengthening the Human Right to Sanitation as an Instrument for Inclusive Development (examination).
    • Brölmann, C. (participant) (14-5-2018 - 15-5-2018). Expert consultation for the preparation of the 2018 UN General Assembly Report by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Geneva, Switzerland. Closed meeting (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brölmann, C. (participant) (8-5-2018). Closed Workshop-Expert Meeting THE CREATION OF BINDINGNESS IN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, Amsterdam, Netherlands (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brölmann, C. (participant) (13-4-2018). The partnership of international organisations for effective rule-making (Auspices of the OECD), Geneva, Switzerland (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brölmann, C. (organiser) (6-9-2017). Exiting Institutions, Naples, Italy. Joint workshop under the European Society of International Law, by the IO Interest group and the EU Interest Group, on states leaving international (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brölmann, C. (examiner) (28-6-2017). After Agreement: On the Authority and Legitimacy of Environmental Post-Treaty Rules (examination).
    • Brölmann, C. (examiner) (25-11-2016). The relationship between responses to the breach of a treaty according to the law of treaties and the law of state responsibility (examination).
    • Brölmann, C. (organiser) (29-6-2016). Critical Perspectives on Governing by Sustainable Development Goals, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Organized and chaired a panel on SDG 16 (Rule of law) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Brölmann, C. (examiner) (16-10-2015). Het recht op toegang tot de rechter voor particulieren geconfronteerd met mensenrechtenschendingen door internationale organisaties (examination).
    • Brölmann, C. (examiner) (26-1-2015). The Modification of Treaties by Subsequent Practice (examination).
    • Brölmann, C. (visiting researcher) (1-10-2012 - 23-12-2012). Humboldt University, Berlin (visiting an external institution).

    2017

    • Brölmann, C., & Nijman, J. (2017). Legal Personality as a Fundamental Concept of International Law. (Amsterdam Law School Legal Studies Research Paper; No. 2016-43), (Amsterdam Center for International Law; No. 2016-17). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2845222 [details]
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Cie Advies VolkenrechtelijkeVraagstukken
      Advies aan Regering en 1e & 2e Kamer over vraagstukken internationaal recht
    • Waterlex, Geneva
      Board of Directors