Associate Professor of Political Science


Associate Professor of Political Science
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Janis Grzybowski is Maître de Conférences (Assistant/Associate Professor) of Political Science/International Relations at ESPOL/ICL. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations/Political Science in 2015 from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining ESPOL in 2016, he was a Gerda-Henkel postdoctoral fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He was also a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. He also worked for the Small Arms Survey and the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative in Geneva. His research focuses on state creation, international theory, and the politics of international law. At ESPOL, he founded the BA program in International Relations, for which he served as the director between 2018 and 2020.


Languages spoken: French, English, German



  • Theories of International Relations (2ndyear, BA in IR,)
  • State Making in International Politics (3rdyear, BA in IR)
  • Advanced Theories of International Relations (3rdyear, BA in IR)
  • Global History (1styear, MA in International Security)
  • Sovereignty and the State in International Relations (2ndyear, MA in International Security)


  • International Relations Theory
  • State Creation and State Formation
  • Politics of International Law
  • Armed Conflict and Political Violence
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)



  • 2022 – Grzybowski, Janis. “Separatists, state subjectivity, and fundamental ontological (in)security in international relations,” International Relations. https://doi.org/10.1177/00471178211045619.
  • 2021 – Grzybowski, Janis. “The international order re-enacted or: Why the Syrian state did not disappear,” Review of International Studies, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210521000243.
  • 2021 – dos Reis, Filipe, and Janis Grzybowski. “The matrix reloaded: Reconstructing the boundaries between (international) law and politics,” Leiden Journal of International Law, 34 (02): 1-24. https://10.1017/S0922156521000200.
  • 2020 – Grzybowski, Janis, Giulia Prelz Oltramonti, and Agatha Verdebout. “Fault lines of a war foretold: The struggle over Nagorno-Karabakh,” Eurozine, 13 November. URL: https://www.eurozine.com/fault-lines-of-a-war-foretold/.
  • 2019 – Grzybowski, Janis. “The paradox of state identification: De facto states, recognition, and the (re-)production of the international,” International Theory 11 (03): 241-263. https://doi:10.1017/S1752971919000113.
  • 2018 – Grzybowski, Janis. “Concentric circles: Aporias of de-centering state making in time and space,” in Jan Teorell, Jens Bartelson, and Martin Hall (eds.), De-Centering State Making in Time and Space, London: Edward Elgar, pp. 199-217.
  • 2017 – Grzybowski, Janis. “To be or not to be: The ontological predicament of state creation in international law,” European Journal of International Law 28 (2): 409-432. https://doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chx031.
  • 2017 – Rech, Walter, and Janis Grzybowski. “Between regional community and global society: Europe in the shadow of Schmitt and Kojève,” Journal of International Political Theory 13 (2): 143-161. https://doi.org/10.1177/1755088216638682.
  • 2016 – Grzybowski, Janis. “Diffusion and reappropriation: The mimetic reproduction of sovereignty in international law” in Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff and Vincent Négri (eds.) Towards International Normativity: Between Mimetism and Dissemination, Paris: Pedone, pp. 127-155.
  • 2015 – Grzybowski, Janis, and Martti Koskenniemi. “Statehood and international law: A performative view” in Robert Schuett and Peter Stirk (eds.): The Concept of the State in International Relations. Philosophy, Sovereignty, and Cosmopolitanism, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 23-47.