Renske Vos

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Dr. Renske Vos is assistant professor in international law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and research fellow at the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law (CePTL). She studied politics and international law at the University of Nottingham, Sciences Po Paris, the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Edinburgh.  

Renske's PhD thesis titled 'Europe and the Sea of Stories' centred around an EU security and defence response to migrants departing from Libya for Europe, code-named operation Sophia. She is interested in the ways EU officials view, narrate, and make (no) sense of their work on this operation. Broader research interests include transnational legal studies, socio-legal studies, institutional architecture, law as literature, and ways of visualising law.

Together with dr. Sofia Stolk, she co-directs the research project legal sightseeing, which investigates how international law presents itself 'to the public' and in turn enquires into what that public shows up for. Findings are presented through a photo blog on They are co-editors of a special issue on brutalist institutional architecture and of an edited volume titled international law’s collected stories. Together, Sofia and Renske also co-chair the international law section at the annual Pan-European Conference of the European International Studies Association.

Renske has taught international relations theories at the University of Edinburgh and currently teaches public international law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and transnational law at National Taiwan University (NTU Law).   


  • European and International Law, LLM European and International Law, VU (2019-now)
  • Public International Law (volkenrecht), LLB Law, VU (2017-now)
  • Recap: Public Law, LLB Law in Society, VU (2021-now)
  • Public International Law, BSc, Amsterdam University College (2022-now)
  • Current Issues in Transnational Law, LLB Law, VU (2017-now)
  • Thesis supervision, LLM Law and Politics of International Security, VU (2017-now)
  • Thesis supervision, LLM European and International Law, VU (2020-now)
  • Thesis supervision, LLM Transnational Legal Studies, VU (2018-2021)
  • Transnational Law, LLM, Taiwan National University (2020)
  • Theories of International Relations, MA International Relations, University of Edinburgh (2017)


Ancillary activities

Research Fellow, Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law (CePTL), VU.

Associate Member, Centre for Security Research (CeSeR), University of Edinburgh.

Member, CRN 23 International Law & Politics, Law and Society Association (LSA).

Member, European International Studies Association (EISA). 

Visiting Professor, College of Law, National Taiwan University (NTU). 


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  • K Law
  • Transnational Legal Studies
  • Public International Law
  • EU
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Legal Sightseeing


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