Dr. Marco Lankhorst

Former Senior Researcher

Marco Lankhorst is a former Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute. He holds a doctorate degree in law and economics from the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam and an LLM in Dutch law from the same university.

Marco has lived and worked in various African countries, including Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri), and Namibia, where he was active as a scholar, consultant, and development practitioner. Thematically, his work centers on bottom-up rule of law promotion (access to justice and legal empowerment), company-community conflicts, and the governance of access to and disputes over natural resources.

Marco specializes in developing both a macro (policy maker) and a micro (beneficiary) perspective on the problems he works on, and to find solutions that are practical and meaningful at both levels. He combines this with extensive experience in designing and implementing pilot projects aimed at testing and refining innovative rule of law interventions.

Recent Work

Land Registration in Burundi

Good governance of land is crucial if food production in Africa is to keep pace with population growth. Bad management can lead to conflict…