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Dr. A.B. (Andrea) Leiter PhD

Faculty of Law
Public International Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:10.03
Postal address
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Andrea Leiter is an Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam Center for International Law. Her research focuses on technology enabled governance and is embedded in the Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL) project. She researches on global inequality and transnational law making through private actors with a focus on the digital economy. Andrea also consults government agencies, start-ups and industry stakeholders on law and blockchain technology, with a focus on dispute resolution, the automation of decision-making, and algorithmic governance.

    Andrea obtained her PhD in a jointly-awarded degree program between the University of Melbourne and the University of Vienna where she was funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her dissertation is titled ‘Making the World Safe for Investment: The Protection of Foreign Property 1922-1959’. 

    She is a junior faculty member at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School and lectures on Algorithmic Law and Governance at Sciences Po Paris. In 2020 she was a Fellow at the Berlin/Potsdam Research Group ‘The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?’.

  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed articles

    ‘Legal Engineering on the Blockchain – Smart Contracts as Lawful Conduct’ – Politics of Blockchain Supplement 29(2) Law & Critique (2018) (with Jake Goldenfein)

    ‘The Silent Impact of the 1917 Revolutions on International Investment Law’ 6(10) ESIL Reflection (2017)

    Book chapters

    ‘Contestations over Legal Authority – The Lena Goldfields Arbitration 1930’ in Orford, Anne et al (eds) Revolutions in International Law (Cambridge University Press, in press 2020)

    ‘The Jurisdiction of National Courts for Extraterritorial Human Rights Violations’ – ‘Zur Zuständigkeit nationaler Gerichte bei extraterritorialen Menschenrechtsverletzungen’ in Bockley, Andrea/Kriebaum, Ursula/Reinisch, August (eds) Nichtstaatliche Akteure und Interventionsverbot (Peter Lang, 2015)

    Other scholarly publications

    ‘Law-making in Cyberspace: a Snapshot from a Field in Motion’ Harvard International Law Journal Online Scholarship Frontiers (accepted for publication, forthcoming 2020)

     ‘Blockchain Governance: Designing Societal Interactions in the Digital Age’ Crypto Law Review (October 2019) – (with Delphine Dogot and Outi Korhonen)

     ‘Review Essay – Anthea Roberts Is International Law International’ 19 (1) Melbourne Journal of International Law (2018)


    ‘Narratives of Disruption: Legal Form and Decentralised Governance’ in Gandorfer, Daniela/Goodrich, Peter (eds) Research Handbook in Law and Literature (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2021)

     ‘Telegraphs: Communication and Technology Regulation as Jurisdictional Practice’ in Vec, Milos/Starski, Paulina (eds) Western International Law 1776-1870 in Lesaffer, Randall The Cambridge History of International Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021) (with Jake Goldenfein)

  • Service & Editorial Positions


    • Editor, Crypto Law Review 
    • Managing Editor, Glossary of Distributed Technologies, Internet Policy Review
    • Program Committee, Cryptoeconomic Systems MIT Press                
    • Assistant Editor, Austrian Review of International and European Law
  • Consulting


    • Member, COALA Working Group – developing a DAO Model Law
    • Legal expert, Odyssey Hackathon – for the challenge ‘Sovereign Nature’ developing technologically enabled solutions towards ‘Protecting Marine Biodiversity in International Waters’ in collaboration with IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and ICEL (International Council for Environmental Law)           
    • Advisor, start-up Lexon Foundation – developing human readable programming language for blockchain-based legal contracts
    • Advisor, German Development Agency GIZ Blockchain Lab – Report ‘International Water Governance and Smart Contracts’           
    • Advisor, start-up Womin – developing a blockchain based freelancing marketplace – Report ‘Dispute Resolution Mechanisms for Blockchain Technology’
  • Publications

    Journal editor

    • Ferrari, V. (editor) & Leiter, A. (editor) (2020-2022). Internet Policy Review (Publisher).
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Stichting Sovereign Nature Initiative
      Director of Research