Erika de Wet was appointed Professor of International Constitutional Law at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (The Netherlands) in 2004 and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 2008. She further lectures in international law at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) on a regular basis. Since 2007 she serves as a member of the Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law of the Netherlands (CAVV) and in 2009 she also served as consultant to the Fourth Freedom Foundation and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (USA).
She completed her basic legal training (B.Iur., LL.B.) as well as her doctoral thesis (LL.D.) at the University of the Free State (South Africa). She further holds an LL.M. from Harvard University and completed her Habilitationsschrift, at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in December 2002. It was published with Hart Publishing (United Kingdom) in 2004 under the title The Chapter VII Powers of the United Nations Security Council.
Before focussing on international (institutional) law, she specialised in Comparative Constitutional Law, with a doctoral thesis on The Constitutional Enforceability of Economic and Social Rights: the Meaning of the German Constitutional model for South Africa (Butterworths, South Africa, 1996). From 1991 to 1993 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany). Thereafter she was employed at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva (Switzerland) and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne (Switzerland). She also lectured at Brandeis University (USA) in the spring of 1999 and held the position of Associate Professor of the Law of International Organisations at Leiden University during 2000 and 2001.
Amserdam Center for International Law
Fourth Freedom Foundation
Prof. De Wet publishes and lectures internationally on the law of international organisations; international human rights law; comparative constitutional law and the emerging international constitutional order.
In December 2006 she was awarded 1,2 million Euros by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for a research project titled The emerging international constitutional order - the implications of hierarchy in international law for the coherence and legitimacy of international decision-making. This is a so-called VICI-subsidy within the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the NWO. For the duration of five years, Erika de Wet together with three Ph.D. researchers and one Postdoc researcher will examine the contours and implications of the emerging international constitutional order. The project commenced in April 2007.
Between 2006 and 2009 Prof. De Wet was also the project leader in the Netherlands of an international project on Improving transboundary environmental governance inSouth Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique, sponsored by the South-Africa-Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD).
Together with Prof. André Nollkaemper, Erika de Wet is Editor in Chief of International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) Online. Other editorial positions include(d) the Editorial Board of the Netherlands International Law Review (until June 2009); the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PER); as well as the International Advisory Board of the African Human Rights Law Journal.
African Human Rights Law Journal
Netherlands International Law Review
Key publications include:
* The Governance of Kosovo: Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Establishment and Functioning of Eulex', American Journal of International Law (103) 2009, pp. 83-96.
* ' The Reception Process in the Netherlands and Belgium', in Helen Keller & Alec Stone Sweet (eds), A Europe of Rights: the Impact of the ECHR on National Legal Systems, Oxford: Oxford University Press2008, pp. 229-310.
* 'Zur Zukunft der Völkerrechtswissenschaft in Deutschland', Zeitschrift für Ausländisches Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (67) 2007, pp. 777-798.
* 'The Emergence of International and Regional Value Systems as a Manifestation of the Emerging International Constitutional Order', Leiden Journal of International Law (19) 2006, pp. 611-632.
* 'The InternationalConstitutional Order', International & Comparative Law Quarterly (55) 2006, pp. 51-76.
* 'The "Friendly but Cautious" Reception of International Law in the Jurisprudence of the South African Constitutional Court: Some Critical Remarks', Fordham InternationalLaw Review (28) 2005, pp. 1529-1565.
* The Chapter VII Powers of the United Nations Security Council (Hart Publishing, 2004), 413 pp.
* 'The Direct Administration of Territories by the United Nations and its Member States in the Post Cold-War Era: Legal Bases and Implications for National Law’, Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law (8) 2004, pp. 291-340.
* 'The Prohibition of Torture as an International Norm of Jus Cogens and its Implications for National and Customary Law’, European Journal of International Law (15) 2004, pp. 97-121.
* (with André Nollkaemper), ‘Review of the Security Decisions by National Courts’, German Yearbook of International Law (45) 2002, pp. 166-202.
* The Relationship between the Security Council and Regional Organizations during Enforcement Action under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter’, Nordic Journal of International Law (71) 2002, pp. 1-37.
* The Constitutional Enforceability of Economic and Social Rights: the Meaning of the German Constitutional Model for South Africa (Butterworths, 1996), 170 pp.
* ‘Labour Standards in the Globalized Economy: the Inclusion of a Social Clause in the GATT/ WTO’, Human Rights Quarterly (17) 1995, pp. 443-462.
The Chapter VII Powers of the United Nations Security Council
Amsterdam Center for International Law (The Netherlands) in 2004 and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa)