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. In 2019-2020 she is a Visiting Professor at Université Lyon 3.
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).
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.
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- '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
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).