Dr. Ingrid Leijten LLM MA - Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law

My name is Ingrid Leijten. I am an associate professor at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden University. I specialize in fundamental rights protection at the national, European and international level. Fascinated by the ever-intriguing role of rights in relation to the work of different governmental powers, I investigate the internationalization and constitutionalization of public law. 

I am the author of Core Socio-Economic Rights and the European Court of Human Rights (Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy; Cambridge University Press, 2018). In this monograph, I discuss the protection of social rights under the ECHR. The work includes a comparative study of core fundamental rights protection at the national, constitutional, and international level and deals with issues ranging from social security as a fundamental rights issue to standards set in relation to housing and environmental protection. Together with Toomas Kotkas and Frans Pennings, I edited an interdisciplianary volume titled Specifying and Securing a Social Minimum in the Battle against Poverty, which was published with Hart Publishing in 2019. 

I have published extensively on fundamental rights interpretation, the constitutionalization of public law and social security as a matter of property rights. Other projects I currently work on deal with the state of fundamental rights protection in the Netherlands; tailor made decision making and proportionality in the administration; human rights based climate litigation; digital literacy and the right to education, and human rights overreach.

I teach various courses in constitutional law and in European and international human rights law (LLB, LLM, and Advanced LLM level). In addition, I supervise BA and LLM theses on topics related to my research interests. In 2019, I was a guest Professor at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen Nuremberg, where I still teach a seminar on economic, social and cultural rights.

Besides in the form of publications, I regularly present my work at (international) conferences and seminars, as well as to judges and government bodies. I am part of the editorial board of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Mensenrechten (Dutch Journal of Human Rights), host of the podcast Ons goed recht and a member of the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg and several constitutional and human rights networks. In addition to my academic work, I am a deputy judge at the Rotterdam District Court.

Work experience

2021 - 

Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Leiden Law School

2015 - 2020

Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Leiden Law School


Guest Professor of Public Law and International Law, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

2017 -

Deputy Judge Rotterdam District Court, Administrative Law Section

2011 - 2015

PhD Researcher and Junior Lecturer, Leiden Law School

2013 - 2015

Visiting Researcher Humboldt University in Berlin; Human Rights Centre of Ghent University; Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law Heidelberg

2010 - 2011

Research and Teaching Assistant, Leiden Law School 









PhD in Law, Leiden University (supervisor Professor Janneke Gerards)

New York State Bar Exam

LLM Columbia Law School, New York (honours; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

LLM Constitutional and Administrative Law, Leiden Law School (honours; cum laude)

MA Political Science, Leiden University (honours; cum laude)

LLB, Leiden Law School

BA Political Science, Leiden University


2010 - 

Principles of the democratic rechtsstaat (Dutch); Constitutional law (Dutch), Constitutional issues in a European context (Dutch); Comparative constitutional law (Dutch); Privatissimum international and European human rights law (English); Human rights conceptions in a pluralist world (English); Economic, social and cultural rights (English); International law (German); supervision of Bachelor and Master theses

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