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Raffaela Kunz

Dr. iur., Senior Research Fellow

kunz@mpil.de

Main Fields of Research:

Relationship between national and international law, international courts and tribunals, international human rights protection, ECtHR, Swiss and comparative constitutional law

Academic Career:

Since 2019: Manager of the project "Scientific Blogs as Infrastructure for Digital Publishing and Academic Communication: Expanding the Model Project 'Völkerrechtsblog'

Since 08/2018: Editor-in-Chief of the MPIL Research Paper Series (MPRPS)

Since 07/2018: Co-Editor-in-Chief of Völkerrechtsblog

Since 2018: Senior Research Fellow at the MPIL

11/2017: Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude), University of Basel

Dissertation: Richter über internationale Gerichte? Die Rolle innerstaatlicher Gerichte bei der Umsetzung der Entscheidungen von EGMR und IAGMR

Awarded the 2018 Prize of the Swiss Society of International Law

09 - 10/2015: Visiting Fellow at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), supportet by the Mathieu Foundation Basel

2012-2013: Research assistant at the University of Basel, Switzerland, Anne Peters, chair of public international law and constitutional law

2011-2012: Master of Law, University of Basel/Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)

2010-2012: Student assistant at the University of Basel, Anne Peters, chair of public international law and constitutional law

2008-2012: Freelance journalist for Solothurner Zeitung

2007-2011: Bachelor of Law at the University of Basel

2006-2007: Studies in French and German Linguistics and Literature/Latin

Recent Publications

  • Constitutionalization and Democratization of Foreign Affairs: the Case of Switzerland. In: The Role of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance. T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague 2018, forthcoming (with Anne Peters).
  • Voting down international law? Lessons from Switzerland for compensatory constitutionalism. Völkerrechtsblog, 2018 (with Anne Peters). https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/voting-dow...
  • Weder entfesselt noch geknebelt. Rechtsfindung nationaler Gerichte in Zeiten globalen Regierens am Beispiel des Zusammenspiels mit EGMR und IAGMR. In: Richterliche Abhängigkeit. Rechtsfindung im Öffentlichen Recht, Mülder, Marie, Drechsler, Stefan, Helmrich, Christian, Streule, Veronika, Weitensteiner, Julia (eds.), 58. Assistententagung Öffentliches Recht, Nomos 2018, 299-331.
  • A further "constitutionalization" to the detriment of the individual? On the ECtHR’s stricter reading of the principle of subsidiarity regarding the admissibility of cases. Völkerrechtsblog, 2018. https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/a-further-...
  • Teaching the World Court Makes a Bad Case - Revisiting the Relationship between Domestic Courts and the ICJ. Max Planck Research Paper Series, No. 2018 - 12. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?...
  • "You learn a lot from your teachers but mostly from your students”. An Interview with Joseph H. H. Weiler. Völkerrechtsblog, 2017 (with Dana Schmalz). https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/you-learn-...
  • Open Access on the shores of international legal scholarship. Völkerrechtsblog, 2016 (with Michael Riegner). https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/open-acces...
  • "The Inter-American System has always been in crisis, and we always found a way out". An interview with Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot. Völkerrechtsblog, 2016 (with Lucas Sánchez). https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/the-inter-...
  • The Italian Constitutional Court and ‘Constructive Contestation’: A Miscarried Attempt? In: Journal of International Criminal Justice 14/3, 621-627 (2016).
  • Keine Diktatur der Volksherrschaft! Warum Volksrechte und Menschenrechte nicht gegeneinander ausgespielt werden sollten. Verfassungsblog, 2014. http://verfassungsblog.de/keine-diktatur...
  • Von Global Cities und gallischen Dörfern. Verfassungsblog, 2014 (with Hannah Birkenkötter, Dana Schmalz). http://verfassungsblog.de/global-cities-...
  • Other Publications

  • Schweiz - EU: Wohin führt der bilaterale Weg nach der Annahme der Volksinitiative "Gegen Masseneinwanderung"? In: ZaöRV 74, 329-365 (2014).

Presentations

01 Apr 2019

Backlash, Compliance, and Institutional Architecture: Current Challenges to the Implementation of ECtHR Judgements

MPIL Momentum

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Description of the event

24 Jan 2019

Akzeptanz von Gerichtsentscheidungen

Menschenrechte unter Druck im Zeitalter des Populismus, 8. Potsdamer MenschenRechtsTag

Universität Potsdam

16 Jan 2019

Wie umgehen mit der Krise? Das EMRK-System und gegenwärtige Herausforderungen

Völkerrechtliche Tagesthemen

Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, Kiel

26 Nov 2018 - 27 Dez 2018

Democratization and constitutionalization of foreign affairs – the case of Switzerland

The Role of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance. Book announcement conference

The Goodenough College, London

02 Nov 2018

Juzgando los tribunales de derechos humanos. Tribunales nacionales y el derecho constitucional para resistir el derecho internacional

A 40 años de la Corte IDH: Una mirada desde Europa

Max Planck Insitute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

18 Oct 2018 - 19 Okt 2018

Beispiele und Best Practices für Open Access in der Rechtswissenschaft: Völkerrechtsblog

Open Access für die Rechtswissenschaft. Pflicht oder Privatsache?

Exzellenzcluster Normative Ordnungen, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/M.

21 Sep 2018

Domestic Courts and Constructive Contestation in the European and the Inter-American Human Rights Systems

Responding to Legitimacy Challenges: Opportunities and Choices for the European Court of Human Rights. Seminar organized by PluriCourts, The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Montaigne Centre at Utrecht University, the Human Rights Centre at Ghent University, Koç University Centre for Global Public Law and Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and hosted by the European Court of Human Rights

20 Aug 2018

The ECtHR and its stricter reading of subsidiarity – the end of individual justice?

Max Planck Instiute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

09 Apr 2018

Dänemarks Reformpläne für den EGMR

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

28 Feb 2018

Domestic Courts and Constructive Contestation in the European and the Inter-American Human Rights Systems

International Law in Times of Disorder and Contestation, ESIL Research Forum 2018, Hebrew University Jerusalem

23 Feb 2018

Internationale Gerichte als nationale Richter? Rechtsfindung in Zeiten globalen Regierens

Richterliche Abhängigkeit - Rechtsfindung im Öffentlichen Recht, 58. Assistententagung im Öffentlichen Recht, Universität Regensburg

11 Dec 2017

Von EidgenossInnen und fremden RichterInnen: Die "Selbstbestimmungsinitiative" und ihr verfassungsrechtlicher Kontext

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (together with Saskia Stucki)

14 Aug 2017

Implementation of ECtHR Judgments at Center Stage - the Case of Moreira Ferreira v. Portugal (No. 2)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

05 Jul 2017

Between Compliance and Contestation: The Implementation of Human Rights Judgments Trough Domestic Courts

Courts, Power, Public Law

ICON-S 2017, University of Copenhagen

12 May 2017

An International law perspective after Sentenza 238/2014 (Discussant)

Remedies Against Immunity? Reconciling International and Domestic Law After the Italian Constitutional Court's Sentenza 238/2014

Villa Vigoni, Lake Como, Italy

19 Jul 2016

Sentencias de la CorteIDH y del TEDH frente a las cortes nacionales: técnicas de implementación

Seminario: Impacto y desafíos de la supervisión de cumplimiento de sentencias de los tribunals regionals de derechos humanos

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

22 Feb 2016

Gefährdung der Rechtsstaatlichkeit durch die direkte Demokratie? Die Diskussion in der Schweiz vor der Abstimmung über die „Durchsetzungsinitiative“,

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

20 Oct 2015

The Direct Effect of Judgments of International Courts

Presentation of Research at the ACIL Luncheon Meeting

Amsterdam Center for International Law, Amsterdam

13 Feb 2015

Sentenza No. 238: A Setback or an Impetus for the Development of International Law?

European University Institute, Florence

02 Feb 2015

The ACHR and ECHR under Pressure - Do National Backlashes Imperil the Conventions' Future?

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (together with Jannika Jahn)

29 Aug 2014

Re-balancing the Power Shift? Parliamentary Participation Regarding Foreign Policy in Switzerland

Work-in-Progress Seminar 'Assessing the EU's responsiveness to constitutional rights: Data Retention, Arrest Warrants and beyond'

28 -29 August 2014, University of Kent, UK

Teaching

Spring 2018

The UN Security Council as a Guarantor of Peace

Together with Dr. Carolyn Moser and Dr. Christian Marxsen, German-Chinese Seminar on International Law, German Foreign Office, Berlin, 19.03.2018

FS 2016

Völkerrechtliches Kolloquium

Heidelberg Juristische Fakultät der Universität Heidelberg, 4. Juli 2016, 18.15-19.45

2013-2014

Head Coach of the Jessup Moot Court Team of the University of Heidelberg (National Champion 2014)

Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg Faculty of Law/Max Planck Institute

2011-2013

Tutor in constitutional law

University of Basel Faculty of Law

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

 Principled Resistance against ECtHR Judgments - a New Paradigm?, University of Constanze, Germany, 01.06.2017 - 02.06.2017

 A Doctorate in Law - From Application to Publication, Workhsop with JHH Weiler, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, 19.04.2016

Apprendre à repenser le droit international, Masterclass with Prof. Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet (Sciences Po, Paris), Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, 04.05.2015 - 06.05.2015

First Max Planck Young Legal Scholars' Meeting, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, 23.04.2015 - 25.04.2015

The Effectiveness of International  Law, 108th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Washington, D.C. , 07.04.2014 - 12.04.2014

L‘État, c’est quoi? Staatsgewalt im Wandel, 54. Assistententagung Öffentliches Recht, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 11.02.2014 - 15.02.2014

13th Summer Course on International Humanitarian Law, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo (Italy) and Genva (Switzerland), 24.06.2013 - 05.07.2013

Towards A Global History of International Law, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Rechtskulturen Workshop, Berlin, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 01.02.2013

Honours

Jahrespreis 2018 der Schweizerischen Vereinigung für Internationales Recht für die beste Doktor- oder Habilitationsarbeit im Gebiet des Völkerrechts, des internationalen Privatrechts, des Europarechts oder der Rechtsvergleichung

Memberships

European Society of International Law (ESIL)

Member of the editing board of the Völkerrechtsblog

Member of the scientific advisory board of the Heidelberg Journal of International Law (HJIL)

Miscellaneous

Sprachen

German, French, English, Spanish

Further activities

Co-organizer "Schweizer Nachwuchsforum Öffentliches Recht"/"Forum suisse pour la relève en droit public"

2014-2017: PhD representative at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg