Arlinda Rrustemi is born in Pristina, Kosovo. She is a researcher and lecturer at Leiden University, involved in several courses and research projects and she also coordinates the Global Affairs minor. She was a research assistant to Professor Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Arlinda was involved in courses taught at the Advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law and at Leiden University College. She holds a B.A. (cum laude) from the University College Roosevelt and an LL.M. degree in Public International Law from Utrecht University. Arlinda is pursuing a doctoral degree in the interdisciplinary research of law and politics called "State-Building through Life Stories: Incorporating Local Perspectives”, supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She also received several fellowships and grants, such as Erasmus +, LEICEU, Archimedes and LUF. She was also a visiting scholar at several universities, including the Central European University, University of Leuven, Free University in Brussels, Cegesoma, University of Tallinn and recently at the New York University. She has previously worked as an intern at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Court (ICC) and at various Ministries in the Republic of Kosovo. Her research interests are in post-conflict reconstruction, state, nation and peace building, transitional justice, life stories, humanitarian intervention, war, human security, accountability of international organizations and violent extremism.