Katja Ziegler

Katja ZieglerSir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law
First and Second State Examinations in Law (Cologne/Düsseldorf), Dipl. iur. (Bonn), Dr. iur. (Bielefeld), MA (Oxon)
E-mail: katja.ziegler@le.ac.uk
Telephone: 0116 252 3484

Katja Ziegler is Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law and Director of the Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI) at Leicester. Her current research concerns the constitutionalisation and intersection of legal orders in an international, European and comparative law context, in particular by human rights; and limits on executive power to resort to military force in constitutional and international law. In 2014-15 she was awarded a British Academy Mid-career Fellowship for a research project on 'Judicialising War: International Use of Force in National Courts'. She is also leading a Leicester team contributing to the CharterClick! Project, a project funded by the European Commission which develops an online tool to help with the application oft he EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

She has been consultant to the European Parliament on the implementation of the Charter on Fundamental Rights and expert witness to the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee in its inquiry on war-making powers of the Government. She has been invited speaker at conferences in the UK, Australia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the USA.

Previously, she has been Reader in European and Comparative Law and Erich Brost University Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and Fellow in Law and a Fellow of St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford (2007-12) and DAAD Fellow and Deputy Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, Oxford (2002-2007). She also was and a lecturer at the University of Bielefeld, Germany (1995-2001). She is a qualified Rechtsanwältin (Barrister-Solicitor) and has worked in the Brussels office of an international law firm before returning to academia in 2002. She teaches in the area of public international, human rights, EU law and comparative constitutional law.

Professor Ziegler welcomes PhD proposals in the general areas of public international law, human rights law, the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and comparative constitutional law; and more specifically proposals about the interaction of legal orders, international law in national legal orders, the Constitutionalisation of legal orders, EU Foreign relations law, general principles of law and the use of force in international law.

Research Interests

International law, human rights, European law and comparative constitutional law

Selected Publications

  • ‘Immunity v Human Rights – or Harmonious Interpretation? Incompatibility of the State Immunity Act with the Human Rights Act and the Right to a Remedy under International and European Law after Benkharbouche’ (accepted, forthcoming (2017) 17 Human Rights Law Review). SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2799600
  • ‘Autonomy: From Myth to Reality – or Hubris on a Tightrope? EU Law, Human Rights and International Law’, in Sionaidh Douglas-Scott and Nicholas Hatzis (eds) Research Handbook on EU Human Rights Law (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar forthcoming, 2016). SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2665725
  • ‘Beyond Pluralism and Autonomy: Systemic Harmonisation as a Paradigm for the Interaction of EU Law and International Law’ (2016) 35 Yearbook of European Law (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Relationship between EU law and International Law’, in Dennis Patterson and Anna Södersten (eds), Blackwell Companion for European Union Law and International Law (Hoboken, NJ, Wiley-Blackwell 2016), 42-61. SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2554069
  • The UK and European Human Rights – A Strained Relationship? (Oxford Hart Publishing, 2015, with E Wicks and L Hodson), see http://www.hartpub.co.uk/BookDetails.aspx?ISBN=9781849467957 (Introduction available as sample chapter); Chapter 25 ‘The UK and European Human Rights: Some Reflections’ available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2568723
  • The evolution of fundamental rights charters and case law: a comparison of the European and the United Nations systems (together with L Lazarus, N Ghanea, C Costello, European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies 2011 (250 pages), http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/studies/download.do?language=en& file=34751
  • ‘International Law and EU Law: Between Asymmetric Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation’, in Alexander Orakhelashvili (ed) Research Handbook on the Theory of International Law (Cheltenham, Elgar 2011), chapter 10, pp. 268-327
  • ‘”Abuse of Law” in the Context of Free Movement of Workers’, in Rita de la Feria and Stefan Vogenauer (eds), The Prohibition of Abuse of Law – A New General Principle of EU Law? (Oxford, Hart Publishing 2010), chapter 21, pp. 295-314.
  • ‘Strengthening the Rule of Law, but Fragmenting International Law: The Kadi Decision of the ECJ from the Perspective of Human Rights’, (2009) 9 Human Rights Law Review 288-305.
  • ‘Building a Peoples’ Europe: Political Rights of Foreigners. Freedom of Expression, Assembly and Association and Electoral Rights from the Perspective of EC Law and the ECHR’ in Hartmut Bauer, Pedro Cruz Villalón and Julia Iliopoulos-Strangas  (eds), The ‘New Europeans’: Migration and Integration in Europe (Baden-Baden/Brussels/Athens, Nomos Verlag/Bruylant/Ant. N. Sakkoulas 2009), pp. 385-424.
  • ‘Patrimonio Culturale e Diritti Umani’, in Centro Internazionale di Studi Gentiliani (ed), Alberico Gentili: La salvaguardia dei beni culturali nel diritto internazionale (Milano, Giuffrè 2008) 511-543. Also published in English ‘Cultural Heritage and Human Rights’ as Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 26/2007, (SSRN).
  • ‘Executive Powers in Foreign Policy: The Decision to Dispatch the Military’ in: Katja S. Ziegler, Denis Baranger, Anthony W. Bradley (eds), Constitutionalism and the Role of Parliaments (Oxford, Hart Publishing 2007) pp. 141-166.
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