I am an international lawyer by trade, teaching International Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). My teaching venues have included several Dutch universities, including Amsterdam University College. Also, I was lucky enough to teach at New York University. I seem to have specialized in teaching to non-lawyers, albeit very interested and motivated ones. As long as I can talk, about International Law or whatever, I am a happy camper.

I have never been much of an ivory tower academic, and have interests ranging far and wide (for example, living). My attention span or penchant for deep legal theory is limited. I am a legal positivist at heart with a simple theoretical mind, but I have been fortunate enough to see the inside of a New York law firm, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two non-profit organizations and even a commercial venture of my own.

I think about globalization without aspiring to change the world. In the field of (international) law I used to focus solely on peace and security, but I have ventured out into the law of the sea, US (constitutional) law, and even compliance theory. The stories and people surrounding legal cases fascinate me.

As a true Middle Aged Man in Lycra (MAMIL), I ride my (Bianchi) road bike without thinking about anything, only to come home refreshed to a house full of women, two of them under the age of ten…