​Dr. Joris Larik

​Senior Researcher

Dr. Joris Larik has extensive knowledge of EU law and foreign policy, of the role of regional organizations as actors in international law and politics, and of initiatives to reform global governance to better respond to global threats and challenges (including judicial dispute settlement, terrorism, piracy, climate change, economic stability, and cyber). He joined The Hague Institute as a Senior Researcher in 2014.

Dr. Joris Larik is a Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice working on issues of law and policy of EU external relations and other regional organizations as actors in world politics, comparative and multilevel constitutional law, and global governance reform.

Dr. Larik’s work has been acknowledged with several awards, including NATO’s Manfred Wörner Essay Award(2008), the Outstanding Paper Award from the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University (2012) and the Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Comparative Law (2014) from the European University Institute (EUI).

Joris Larik is the author of Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-author of ASEAN’s External Agreements: Law, Practice and the Quest for Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Moreover, Dr. Larik has published in peer-reviewed academic journals including Common Market Law ReviewEuropean Foreign Affairs ReviewEuropean Law Review, Global Policy, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Legal Issues of Economic IntegrationNetherlands International Law Review, Survival, and Yearbook of European Law. In addition, Dr. Larik makes regular media appearances, having provided interviews to, among others, Volkskrant and Trouw in the Netherlands and, internationally, to Agence France-Presse, China Central Television (CCTV), European Voice, Phoenix TV Hong Kong, Radio Romania, and Russian News Agency TASS.

Among his main projects, Dr. Larik has worked on the Institute’s Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI) since 2014, a collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi). In December 2015, Dr. Larik co-organized an expert consultation on the Dutch input statement to the drafting process of the EU’s Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy at the behest of the Netherlands Ministry of Affairs and the European External Action Service (EEAS). In 2014–15, Dr. Larik served on the core research and writing team for the Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, a high-level panel supported by The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Stimson Center, which was co-chaired former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari.

Dr. Larik studied law and international relations at the University of Dresden, Leiden Law School and the College of Europe in Bruges, and completed traineeships with the European Commission Legal Service and the WTO Appellate Body.

He also works as an Assistant Professor (tenure track) at the Faculty of Global Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University and is an Associate Fellow at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven. In 2013/14, he was academic coordinator of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on The EU in Global Governance, which attracted approximately 20,000 students from all over the world.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • French

Regional Expertise/Focus

Europe, Southeast Asia

Current Projects

Completed: Global Governance Reform Initiative

The Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI), a collaboration between  The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Observer Research Foundation…


Recent Work