Arlinda Rrustemi was born in Pristina, Kosovo. She is a lecturer and researcher at Leiden University, and also a former research assistant to Prof. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. She 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 Roosevelt Academy 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 has previously worked as a project intern at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) in Kosovo, as a legal intern at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), as an external relations intern at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and as intern at various Ministries in the Republic of Kosovo.
Her research interests are in post-conflict state building, the accountability of international organizations, international relations and diplomacy.