Lucas Roorda is a Ph.D. candidate at Utrecht University, Institute of International, Social and Economic Public Law, specializing in extraterritorial jurisdiction over corporate human rights violations. He obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from Utrecht University (cum laude) in 2009, and his Legal Research Masters (cum laude) at Utrecht University in 2012. His Masters thesis, awarded the Leo Bouchez thesis prize, dealt with the possible implications of the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 133 S.Ct. 1659 (2013).He started his Ph.D. in 2014.
Lucas is part of the UNIJURIS project, studying the unilateral exercise of jurisdiction by States to promote and protect global values. Within this project, he studies the exercise of adjudicative jurisdiction over human rights violations committed by multinationals, and the impications of the right to remedy for victims of these abuses. The project is being supervised by prof. dr. C.M.J. (Cedric) Ryngaert, and co-supervised by dr. L.F.H. (Liesbeth) Enneking. Lucas is also a member of the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law (UCALL).
In his spare time, Lucas enjoys playing drums in various bands, cooking and reading.