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Dr K.C.I. (Kinanya) Pijl

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Law
Dep. Private Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: A8.13
Postal address
  • Postbus 15842
    1001 NH Amsterdam
Contact details
Social media
  • Profile

    Kinanya is Assistant Professor in Private Law at the Amsterdam Law School. She specialises in sustainable finance and the role of law in the transition towards a more sustainable economy. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the European University Institute in Florence. In her dissertation, she explores the role of banks in the transition towards a more socially and environmentally responsible economy. For her research, Kinanya has conducted extensive qualitative empirical research in the Netherlands, Germany and England to understand banks, central banks and civil society organisations from within. In her dissertation, Kinanya develops a counter-narrative for a more sustainable approach to sustainable banking in Europe.

    The upcoming years, Kinanya will continue her work on sustainable finance, including on: (1) the relationship between banks and society; (2) legal tools that serve a more sustainable economy; and (3) de facto regulation and regulators in our global economy. Moreover, Kinanya is part of Prof. Marija Bartl’s team that will conduct a 5-year study into how private law can nurture socially and environmentally non-extractive economic practices. This ERC funded project is titled ‘Law as a Vehicle of Social Change: Mainstreaming Non-Extractive Economic Practices’. In addition, Kinanya supervises bachelor and master theses and teaches courses in the domains of financial law, company law and contract law. Kinanya is part of both the Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law (ACT) and the interdisciplinary UvA Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL) research project.

    Kinanya aims to use her use her academic insights in the context of organisational ethics and responsible business conduct to help transform the way companies do business in practice. To this end, she acts as a consultant to help organisations resolve their most challenging ethical problems. Kinanya holds an LLM in Comparative, European and International Laws from the European University Institute; an LLM in Legal Research (cum laude) from Utrecht University; and an LLB in Law from Utrecht University.

  • Publications


    • Burgers, L., & Pijl, K. (2022). Collective Ownership and Representation in a Sustainable City: Investigating the Potential of the Community Land Trust and the Zoöp Model. Erasmus law review, 2022(3), 212-228 . [details]



    • Pijl, K. (2020). The Dutch Banking Agreement on Human Rights: a blueprint for EU governance? In M. Cantero Gamito, & H-W. Micklitz (Eds.), The Role of the EU in Transnational Legal Ordering: Standards, Contracts and Codes (pp. 239–263). (Private regulation). Edward Elgar. [details]




    • Pijl, K. C. I., Peters, A., & Enneking, L. (2017). National Reports on Human Rights Due Diligence and Reporting: The Netherlands. In Regulating Human Rights Due Diligence for Corporations: A Comparative View (pp. 117-141). Schulthess.


    • Enneking, L. FH., & Pijl, K. C. I. (2016). Una perspectiva de los negocios y los derechos humanos en torno a los conflictos generados por los cambios en los usos de la tierra en Brasil y Colombia. In T. Boekhout van Solinge, I. Vélez-Torres, S. Sauer, & B. Berrocal Vargas-van den Brink (Eds.), Tierra y Derechos en Aguas Turbulentas : Conflictos socio-ambientales en Colombia y Brasil Utrecht University, Lands and Rights in Troubled Waters (LAR).
    • Pijl, K. C. I. (2016). De invloed van (i)mvo-regelgeving op het vestigingsklimaat. In L. Enneking, F. Kristen, K. Pijl, T. Waterbolk, J. Emaus , M. Hiel, A-J. Schaap, & I. Giesen (Eds.), Zorgplichten van Nederlandse ondernemingen inzake internationaal maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen: een rechtsvergelijkend en empirisch onderzoek naar de stand van het Nederlandse recht in het licht van de UN Guiding Principles (UCALL; No. 6). Boom juridisch.



    • Salomon, E., & Pijl, K. C. I. (2016). Applications to ICANN for Community-based New Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs): Opportunities and challenges from a human rights perspective. Council of Europe.

    Membership / relevant position

    Talk / presentation

    • Pijl, K. (speaker) (13-4-2023). The absence of ‘the other’ in contemporary bank accountability, Sustainability and Corporate Accountability, Oslo.
    • Pijl, K. (invited speaker) (14-6-2022). The Transitions to a Sustainable Financial System, The Future of Finance, Florence.
    • Pijl, K. (speaker) & Burgers, L. (speaker) (20-5-2022). Ownership and representation in a sustainable city, Using the Law to Save the Planet.
    • Pijl, K. (invited speaker) (15-3-2022). Doughnut Economics & the city of Amsterdam, Honours course on Zero Waste: Amsterdam Circular in 2050, Amsterdam.
    • Burgers, L. (speaker) & Pijl, K. (speaker) (17-12-2021). the SUSA project, Towards a Sustainable Global Economic Law: Shifts, Ruptures and Social Justice, Amsterdam.
    • Pijl, K. (speaker) (9-11-2021). Sustainable Banking in Europe: a Counter-Narrative, The Center for Law and Behavior (C-LAB).
    • Pijl, K. (speaker) (8-10-2021). Participation by Affected Stakeholders in the Context of Banks’ Corporate Lending Business, In Good Company.
    • Pijl, K. (invited speaker) (28-6-2021). Sustainable Banking in Europe: a Counter-Narrative, European Banking Institute: Sustainable finance – session 4.
    • Pijl, K. (invited speaker) (28-6-2021). Sustainable banking, Naar een nieuwe Economie, Amsterdam.
    • Pijl, K. (speaker) (16-4-2021). The Societal Purpose of Banking, Corporate purpose in theory, law and practice.…
    • Pijl, K. (invited speaker) (9-3-2021). Investigating Europe’s Market-Based Approach towards Sustainable Banking, International Law and Sustainable Development, Amsterdam.
    • Pijl, K. (speaker) & Bartl, M. (speaker) (15-10-2020). Law as a Vehicle for Social Change: Mainstreaming Non-Extractive Economic Practices, Regulating Business in Times of Turbulence.



    • Pijl, K. C. I. (2021). Sustainable banking in Europe: a counter-narrative.
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Principia Advisory
      Consultancy on organisational ethics and ethical culture.