Maja Groff



Convenor of the Climate Governance Commission


Maja is an international lawyer based in The Hague, where she teaches at the Hague Academy of International Law. She serves as Convenor of the Climate Governance Commission since late 2019, and is Co-Chair of the Coordinating Committee for the International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC), as well as The Canadian Task Force Against Global Corruption. She also is Senior Treaty Advisor to Integrity Initiatives International for the development of the IACC Statute. Maja has worked on a wide range of existing and potential global treaties addressing contemporary human rights issues and cross-border legal cooperation, including the pioneering International Hague Network of Judges. She has conducted extensive liaison work with international organizations, global professional associations, NGOs and has played a key role in the convening of international legal expert groups for the purpose of developing new international legal norms. She holds degrees from McGill, Oxford and Harvard Universities, and is an attorney admitted to practice in the state of New York. Maja has served on the International Law and UN Committees of the New York City Bar Association, the (Advisory) Boards of BCorp Europe and ebbf, organizations devoted to ethical business, and is a NOW Partner.

Maja will join THE NEW INSTITUTE in the academic year 2024/25 as Chair of the program Planetary Governance.


Governing Our Planetary Emergency, Climate Governance Commission, 2023

"Revitalizing International Law: Making the Multilateral System Fit for the Future", in: Marcus Kaplan and Michele Roth (eds.), SEF, Global Governance Spotlight, 2022

"The Peaceful Settlement of Disputes and Chapter VI of the UN Charter", in: Michael Holm and R.S. Deese (eds.), Routledge, How Democracy Survives, 2022

Global Governance and the Emergence of Global Institutions for the 21st Century, Cambridge University Press, 2020 (with Augusto Lopez-Claros and Arthur Dahl)

The Rule of Law and Accountability: Exploring Trajectories for Democratizing Governance of Global Public Goods and Global Commons”, in: Samuel Cogolati and Jan Wouters (eds.), Edward Elgar, The Commons and a New Global Governance, 2018 (with Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen)

Cultivating Humanity: Convergences in Psychology, Human Rights and Religion", in: Neal Rubin and Roseanne Flores (eds.), Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Human Rights, 2020 (with Michael Penn and Naseem Koroush)

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