Dr Louwrens Kiestra joined EDCTP on 1 June 2016 as Legal Officer. He obtained his law degree at Leyden University, where he specialised in both International & European Law and Dutch Civil Law. Thereafter, he completed a PhD at the University of Amsterdam on human rights and private international law.
Prior to joining EDCTP, Louwrens worked as a lecturer in international law at the University of Amsterdam. He has published on a variety of topics of (private) international law, European law and fundamental rights. Before returning to the University of Amsterdam, Louwrens worked in the private law section of the District Court Limburg.