Suzanne Knijnenburg

Associate, New York



Suzanne Knijnenburg is an associate in the International Arbitration Group in New York. She represents states and private parties in international disputes, including in cases before international investment tribunals. She advises clients on whether state actions comply with international law and bilateral investment treaties, as articulated in decisions by international tribunals. Suzanne is also a member of the Firm's Business & Human Rights Interest Group advising clients on compliance with human rights principles.

Before joining White & Case, Suzanne worked in public international law and international human rights law. She represented the Netherlands in the General Assembly Legal Committee involving issues of state responsibility, international tribunals, privileges and immunities, law of the sea and facilitated negotiations of the International Criminal Court General Assembly Resolution. She also worked at various NGOs, such as the Vance Center for International Justice where she was engaged in many human rights projects, including advising the Colombian government on international law in relation to amnesties, the drafting of an amicus brief together with Human Rights Watch in the Obergefell case on same sex marriage and litigation in South Africa after apartheid.

Suzanne was the recipient of the Human Rights Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania.

Suzanne is co-chair of the New York City Bar Association Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

Bars and Courts
New York
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Business & Law
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Law School
International Public Law
University of Amsterdam

Law School

Private Law (Dutch and European civil law)
University of Amsterdam

Law School

University of Amsterdam

Law School




"Standardizing Governance Principles of National Statististical Organizations to Advance SDG 16 Access to Justice Data Collection" SDG 16 Taskforce (co-author with O. Pell and R. Demoulin) (forthcoming)

"The Protection of Migrant Workers under the International Investment Law Regime" University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law Online Content

"Monetary Payments for Civilian Harm in International and National Practice" Center for Civilians in Conflict (Washington, DC), 2013 (co-author with Sophie van Dijken and Rabia el Morabet Belhaj)

Awards and Recognition

Penn Human Rights Scholarship 

Philadelphia Bar Association International Law Award for Outstanding

Achievements in Human Rights