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Paulina Starski

Dr. iur., LL.B., Senior Research Fellow

starski@mpil.de

Main Fields of Research:

state sovereignty, state responsibility, sustainability, international environmental law, European constitutional law, external relations of the EU, European and international human rights law, secession, "the unwilling or unable state", hybrid sovereignty, history of international law, use of force, environmental law, comparative constitutionalism, German constitutional law, Polish constitutional law, theory of international law, European law, attribution, international investment law, German administrative law

Academic Career:

October 2019 to March 2020

Visiting Professor for Public, European and International Law at Humboldt University Berlin

April to September 2019

Visiting Professor for Constitutional Law at the University of Cologne

February/March 2018

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School

January 2018

Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney Law School

September to December 2017

Postdoctoral Hauser Global Fellow at the New York University School of Law

since Oct. 2014

Senior Research Fellow at the MPIL and "Habilitandin"/PostDoc at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

2013-2014

Assistant Professor/Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Axel Kämmerer, Bucerius Law School

2013-2014

Senior Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Hoffmann-Riem, Judge at the Federal Constitutional Court a. D.

2013

Lecturer at the University of Paderborn (Culture and International Law)

2013

Lecturer/Organizer of the Workshop "Reconstruction and the Law", Summer Academy of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Cracow, Poland (with Eva-Maria Seng and Axel Kämmerer)

2013

Doctoral Thesis: "The Interfederal Administrative Act" (summa cum laude), Bucerius Law School

2013

Admission to the German Bar Association (Hamburg)

2013

Second State Examination (Hanseatic Higher Court of Appeals)

2010-2013

Clerkship (Hanseatic Higher Court of Appeals) (i. a. Referendar at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York - Dispute Resolution/Arbitration/Bilateral Investment Treaties)

2008

Lecturer at the University of Hamburg (Constitutional Law/Basic Rights/International Human Rights Protection)

2007-2013

Research Assistant at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Kämmerer (Constitutional, Administrative, European and International Law), Bucerius Law School

2007

First State Examination (Hamburg)

2004

Baccalaureus Legum (LL.B.) (Bucerius Law School)

2003

University of Sydney (Exchange Program)

2001-2004

Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

Academic Qualification Projects
Postdoctoral Research Thesis: "The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law"

Project funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Project supported by the Daimler and Benz Foundation

Further Projects

Editor (with Milos Vec) of Volume VII "Western International Law 1776-c. 1870" of the Cambridge History of International Law (CUP) (General Editor Randall Lesaffer)

Recent Publications

  • Zurechnungsfragen bei multinationalen militärischen Einsätzen. In: Multinationalität und Integration im militärischen Bereich - Eine rechtliche Perspektive. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2018, 163-208. Publisher Announcement
  • Der Amtshaftungsanspruch und Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr. Eine verfassungsrechtliche und rechtsvergleichende Betrachtung aus Anlass des Kunduz-Urteils des Bundesgerichtshofs. In: Jahrbuch des öffentlichen Rechts der Gegenwart (Neue Folge) 66, 299-336 (2018) (with Leander Beinlich). Publisher Announcement
  • The US Airstrike against the Iraqi Intelligence Headquarters - 1993. In: The Use of Force in International Law - A Case-based Approach. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2018, 504-526. OUP Announcement
  • Der „schweigende Staat“ und die Dynamik des Gewaltverbots. In: DÖV 3, 85-96 (2018).
  • Commentary on Art. 137, 138, 141 TFEU. In: "Frankfurter Kommentar" on the TEU, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, TFEU. Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2017, 775-784, 785-819, 876-88. Publisher Announcement
  • A Call for a Turn to the Meta- Level of International Law: Silence, the 'Interregnum', and the Conundrum of Ius Cogens. In: ZaöRV 77/1, 87-90 (2017).
  • Imperial Colonialism in the Genesis of International Law – Anomaly or Time of Transition?. In: Journal on the History of International Law 19, 50-69 (2017), DOI: 10.1163/15718050-12340078 (with Axel Kämmerer). online version
  • Silence within the process of normative change and the evolution of the prohibition on the use of force: normative volatility and legislative responsibility. In: Journal on the Use of Force and International Law 4/1, 1-43 (2017), DOI: 10.1080/20531702.2016.1268802. online version
  • Der "Schweigende Staat" und die Dynamik des Gewaltverbots – "Normative Volatilität" und "Legislative Verantwortung". In: Pfadabhängigkeit hoheitlicher Ordnungsmodelle, Tagungsband zur 56. Assistententagung Öffentliches Recht. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2016, 267-293. Publisher Announcement
  • Die „Große Koalition“ als Problem des Verfassungsrechts – Recht auf effektive Opposition vs. Gleichheit der Abgeordneten. In: Die öffentliche Verwaltung (DÖV) 18, 750-761 (2016).
  • Der Körperschaftsstatus von Religionsgemeinschaften. In: Kirche und Recht (KuR) 1, 51-68 (2016).
  • Right to Self-Defense, Attribution and the Non-State Actor – Birth of the “Unable or Unwilling” Standard? In: ZaöRV 3, 455-501 (2015). ZaöRV/HJIL
  • Book Review: Tuori, Kaarlo: European Constitutionalism, Cambridge, 2015. In: Yearbook of European Law, 34, 382-391, 2015. YBIL
  • Book Review: Schütze, Robert: Foreign Affairs and the EU Constitution, Cambridge, 2015. In: Yearbook of European Law, 34, 392-398, 2015. YBIL

Blogposts

  • The Kunduz Affair and the German State Liability Regime – The Federal Court of Justice’s Turn to Anachronism. EJIL talk!, 2016. SSRN
  • Die Geister der Vergangenheit ‒ Eine kritische Reflexion zur Kunduz-Entscheidung des BGH. Verfassungsblog, 2016. Verfassungsblog
  • Grenzen der Karlsruher Oppositionsfreundlichkeit – Gebot effektiver Opposition vs. Gleichheit der Abgeordneten – Teil II. JuWiss, 2016. JuWiss
  • Grenzen der Karlsruher Oppositionsfreundlichkeit – Gebot effektiver Opposition vs. Gleichheit der Abgeordneten – Teil I. JuWiss, 2016. Verfassungsblog
  • Constitutionalism in times of extraordinary developments: Resolving the Polish constitutional crisis. constitutionnet.org, 2016. constitutionnet.org
  • The Power of the Rule of Law: The Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s Forceful Reaction. Verfassungsblog, 2016. SSRN
  • Poland at Crossroads – The Constitutional Tragedy Continues…Part II. JuWiss, 2016. JuWiss
  • Poland at Crossroads – The Constitutional Tragedy Continues…Part I. JuWiss, 2016. JuWiss
  • "We are not in a Seminar" - Some Thoughts on Legislative's and Executive's Prerogative in Determining International Law. Verfassungsblog, 2015. Verfassungsblog
  • Legitimized Self-Defense - Quo Vadis Security Council?. EJIL talk!, 2015. EJIL talk!
  • Wenn das Kind im Brunnen liegt: Ex-post-facto-Kontrolle des Bundestags beim Einsatz bewaffneter Streitkräfte. Verfassungsblog, 2015. Verfassungsblog
  • Der Kampf der Zeugen Jehovas: Grundrechte vs. föderales Kompetenzgefüge. Verfassungsblog, 2015. Verfassungsblog
  • So fern und doch so nah: Drohneneinsätze im Jemen im Visier der Grundrechte. Verfassungsblog, 2015. Verfassungsblog

Working Papers

  • Accountability and Multinational Military Operations. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2018. SSRN
  • US Air Strike Against the Iraqi Intelligence Headquarters – 1993. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2017. SSRN
  • A Call for a Turn to the Meta- Level of International Law: Silence, the 'Interregnum', and the Conundrum of Ius Cogens. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2017. SSRN
  • Silence within the Process of Normative Change and Evolution of the Prohibition on the Use of Force – Normative Volatility and Legislative Responsibility. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2016. SSRN
  • Zurechnungsfragen bei multinationalen militärischen Einsätzen (Multinational Military Operations and Questions of Attribution). MPIL Research Paper Series, 2017. SSRN
  • Imperial Colonialism in the Genesis of International Law – Anomaly or Time of Transition?. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2016 (with Axel Kämmerer). SSRN
  • Der Körperschaftsstatus von Religionsgemeinschaften ― Bestandsaufnahme eines 'Rätselhaften Ehrentitels' (Religious Societies as Corporations of Public Law ― What Is Behind this 'Enigmatic Honorific Title'?). MPIL Research Paper Series, 2016. SSRN
  • Die 'Große Koalition' Als Problem Des Verfassungsrechts ‒ Recht Auf Effektive Opposition vs. Gleichheit Der Abgeordneten (The 'Grand Coalition' as a Challenge to German Constitutional Law – Right to Effective Opposition vs. Equality of Members of Parliament). MPIL Research Paper Series, 2016. SSRN
  • Right to Self-Defence, Attribution and the Non-State Actor – Birth of the 'Unable and Unwilling' Standard?. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2015. SSRN

Further Publications

  • The Interfederal Administrative Act. Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2014, 516 p., (Doctoral Thesis) Description
  • Das supranational diesziplinierte Völkerrecht. In: European Law Reporter 6, 187-196 (2013).
  • No compliance, no difference? – Neues zu Konzern, Zurechnung und Compliance. In: European Law Reporter 11, 331-346 (2013).
  • Die Europäische Zentralbank in der Bankenunion oder - Vor Risiken und Nebenwirkungen wird gewarnt. In: Zeitschrift für Gesetzgebung 28, 318-338 (2013) (with Axel Kämmerer).
  • Das internationale öffentliche Recht. In: Archiv des Öffentlichen Rechts 139/4, 619-629 (2013) (with mit Axel Kämmerer).

Presentations

15 Oct 2019

Panel Discussion on "Major Challenges Facing the Constitution"

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. 4 pm.

Flyer (1476.5 KB)

04 Oct 2019 - 04 Okt 2019

Western International Law 1776-c. 1870 (together with Milos Vec)

Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Faculty of Law, Cambridge. 11:30.

20 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019

CUP "Western International Law" - Authors' Workshop

University of Vienna/Institute for Human Sciences. 1 pm.

Poster (977.6 KB)

03 Jun 2019

Comment on Carolyn Moser's draft "French Perspectives on Peace through Law"

FEST, Heidelberg. 4:15 pm.

03 Jun 2019

Anglo-American Perspectives on "Peace through Law"

FEST, Heidelberg. 2:15 pm.

04 May 2019

Terrorismusabwehr durch Imperative Maßnahmen - Targeted Killings

Der Terrorist als Feind? Personalisierungstendenzen im Polizei-und Völkerrecht (The Terrorist as Enemy? Personalization in Law Enforcement and International Law) Conference (3rd and 4th May 2019)

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung. 11 am.

Program (279.8 KB)

26 Apr 2019

Rechtspluralismus als Herausforderung - Zur Bedeutung des Völkerrechts und der Rechtsvergleichung in der Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts

Comment on Talk given by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Federal Constitutional Court

MPI, Heidelberg. 17:30 .

15 Mar 2019

"The Unwilling or Unable State"

Science Slam, Robert Bosch Foundation, Schloss Marbach

8 pm

11 Mar 2019

"Peace through Law - The Anglo-Saxon Tradition"

FEST, Heidelberg. 14:30.

Consultation Process

13 Feb 2019

"Vices and Virtues"- Private Law Analogies in International Law

MPG, Leipzig. 9 Uhr.

09 Mar 2019

The Protection of Investment against Digital Threats

Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop, Goethe-University Frankfurt. 11:30.

FILW_2019_Program_0021.pdf (433.3 KB)

31 Jan 2019

„Klimawandel vor Gericht – Grund- und Menschenrechte als Katalysatoren einer effektiven Implementierung des Umweltschutzes: Möglichkeiten, Grenzen, Herausforderungen“

Leuphana Uniersität Lüneburg . 13.20.

29 Jan 2019

"Unwilling or Unable"

Lecture and Concert

Bayerische Staatsoper München/Bavarian State Opera House, Munich. 19.

Concert Announcement

07 Dec 2018 - 07 Dez 2018

"Unwilling or Unable" and the Right to Self-Defence - Some Critical Remarks

Guest Lecture/Seminar

Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. 10-14.

Guest Lecture Annoucement

07 Dec 2018

Principle of Mutual Recognition - The Case of Germany

Presentation, Research Seminar of the Network "Transnational Administrative Law"

University of Maastricht, Brussels Campus. 10.

Network "Transnational Administrative Law"

26 Nov 2018

The ILA Report on Aggression and the Use of Force - Some Critical Observations

MPI, Heidelberg. 15:30.

07 Nov 2018

Schutzverantwortung, Selbstverteidigung, Souveränität: Eine kritische Analyse des ILA Final Report on Aggression and the Use of Force (Responsibility to Protect, Self-Defence, Sovereignty - A Critical Reflection on the ILA Final Report on Aggression and the Use of Force)

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Einstein-Saal, Berlin. 2 pm.

Announcement

Responsibility to Protect, Self-Defence, Sovereignty (1314.0 KB)

11 Oct 2018

The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Köln

14 Sep 2018

Ist Krieg ein Weg zum Frieden?

Panel with Christian Marxsen, Carolyn Moser, Alexander Wentker and Alexandra Kemmerer (Max Planck Day 2018)

MPI for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg. 9:00.

Program

17 Jul 2018

“Unwilling or Unable”, Kollektives Selbstverteidigungsrecht und “Responsibility to Protect”

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Neue Aula 236. 18 Uhr.

Forum Junge Rechtswissenschaft

PresentationFlyer (310.1 KB)
PresentationAnnounement (369.2 KB)

11 Jul 2018

The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law

Presentation of Postdoctoral Thesis (Habilitation) within the Senate of the Bucerius Law School.

Bucerius Law School. 2 pm.

18 May 2018

The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law

Bucerius Law School. 5 pm.

01 Mar 2018

The 'Unwilling or Unable State' as a Challenge to International Law: Contextualisation of and Critical Reflection on a Notion

Melbourne Law School. 1 pm.

Link

Talk Announcement (455.6 KB)

20 Nov 2017

The “Unwilling or Unable State” as a Challenge to International Law: A Contextualization and (Preliminary) Deconstruction of a Notion”

Deutsches Haus, NYU. 6:30 pm.

Announcement Deutsches Haus

17 Oct 2017

Commentary on France Peirone's Research Project "The Rule of Law under Corruption: a Threat to Sovereignty?"

Hauser Global Fellows and Emile Noël Fellows Forum,

NYU School of Law

Global Fellows Forum Announcement

03 Oct 2017

"The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law"

Presentation at the Hauser Global Fellows and Emile Noël Fellows Forum

New York University School of Law. 10:30.

Hauser Global Fellows Forum Announcement

07 Sep 2017 - 09 Sep 2017

“Solidarity – Some Observations on its Normative Status and Practical Implications”

Agora of the Interest Group on Peace and Security: "Solidarity and the Promotion of Peace and Security"

University of Naples Federico II

28 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017

"The Polish National Council of the Judiciary" - A Commentary

Conference "Protecting and Advancing the Rule of Law in Europe”

MPI Heidelberg

22 Jun 2017 - 24 Jun 2017

“Limited Statehood and Global Security Threats?” - Commentator

Final Conference Collaborative Research Center (SFB) (“Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”), Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse) 700, 22-24 June 2017

Freie Universität, Berlin

28 Nov 2016

Das Kundus-Urteil des BGH - Ein staathaftungsrechtlicher Paukenschlag - (The Kundus Judgment of the Federal Court of Justice and the German State Liability Regime)

MPI Researcher Meeting. 15:30.

KunduzPraesentation2.pdf (341.3 KB)

23 Sep 2016

Problems of Attribution in the Context of Multinational Military Operations

Annual Meeting of the German Society for Military Law and Humanitarian Law

Freie Universität Berlin. 10.

Program of Annual Meeting (48.5 KB)
Presentation (90.7 KB)

20 Jun 2016

Colloquium: Customary International Law – Relevance, Challenges and New Approaches

MPI Heidelberg. 6 pm.

16 Jun 2016

Public Broadcasters and Constitutional Values

Panel Discussion: Professor Dr. Matthias Cornils, Professor Dr. Otto Depenheuer, Professor Dr. Marcus Maurer, Dr. Paulina Starski, LL.B., Professor Dr. Karola Wille Chair: Professor Dr. Dieter Dörr Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz Direktor des Mainzer Medieninstituts Panel Discussion

10 Mar 2016

"The Silent State and Normative Dynamics of the Use of Force"

56. Assistententagung, Mainz (Public Law Scholar Meeting). 11 Uhr.

01 Mar 2016

Silence and the Evolution of the Prohibition on the Use of Force

MPI Research Seminar. 3 pm.

29 Feb 2016

Constitutional Crisis in Poland - A Drama in Several Acts

MPI Researchers' Meeting. 15:30.

18 Jan 2016

Möglichkeiten und Grenzen einer Wohnraumbeschlagnahme aus Sicht des Polizei- und Ordnungsrechts

University of Gießen. 11.30 am.

24 Nov 2015

Application of the ECHR by German Courts

Trier/Straßbourg, Deutsche Richterakademie (German Academy of the Judiciary). 3:30 pm.

20 Nov 2015

Commentator

Project "The contribution of public international law to the provision of security governance through external actors/Security across borders"

SFB Limited Statehood, Berlin. 14.

19 Oct 2015

Parliamentary Prerogative and Deployment of Armed Forces - Rescue Operation Pegasus

MPI Reachers' Meeting, Heidelberg

29 Jun 2015

Case of Jaber Revisited

MPI Researcher Meeting

MPI, Heidelberg. 15:30.

19 May 2015

Narratives in Legal Scholarship

Yale University, New Haven

Conference Program (61.2 KB)

15 May 2015

Residual Risk in German Environmental Law

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile

19 Jan 2015

Drone Attacks in Yemen - The Case of Jaber

Max-Planck-Institute

17 Nov 2014

Unwilling or Unable - A New Standard of Attribution?

Max-Planck-Institute, Heidelberg

30 Jun 2014

Push-Back Operations and ECtHR's Jurisprudence

Panelist

Amnesty International, Hamburg (Bucerius Law School)

17 Jun 2014

Some Thoughts on the Constitutionality of the Euro Exit, Research Workshop Prof. Dr. Anne Peters

Teaching

Summer Semester 2019

Seminar - Constitutional Law

University of Cologne

Summer Semester 2019

Constitutional Law

University of Cologne (Lecture Hall A1), Thursdays (4-6.30 pm), Fridays (12-1.30 pm)

Trimester 1/2017

International and European Human Rights Law

Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

Trimester 3/2016

Law of the European Union

Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

Trimester 3/2016

Introduction into German Constitutional and Administrative Law

Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

2/2016

International and European Human Rights Protection

Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

3/2015

Introduction into German Constitutional and Administrative Law, Bucerius Law School (International Programm)

3/2015

European Law, Bucerius Law School (International Program)

2/2015

International and European Human Rights Protection, Bucerius Law School

1/2015

International Law in Case Studies, University of Heidelberg

1/2015

Colloquium Current Developments in International Law

May 2015

Introduction into the Principles of State Responsibility and Jurisdiction (Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile)

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Law and Fictional Discourse, Yale University, New Haven, 19.05.2015 - 21.05.2015

ESIL Annual Conference: The Judicalization of International Law - A Mixed Blessing?, Oslo, 09.09.2015 - 12.09.2015

Honours

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für die Wissenschaftsförderung - PostDoc Fellowship ("Eigene Stelle")

Research Project: "The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law"

Postdoctoral Hauser Global Fellow Scholarship by NYU School of Law

 Deutsches Haus DAAD Visiting Fellowship for Research Stay at the NYU School of Law

Robert Bosch Foundation - "Fast Track" Fellow 2017-2019

 "Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science"

Daimler and Benz Foundation - PostDoc Fellowship 2017/2018

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow 2017/2018, Laureate Research Program in International Law at University of Melbourne Law School (International Law, Civil War and Intervention)

Steven Schneebaum Award - Outstanding National Administrator of Preliminaries of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition 2015

PhD Scholarship - Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung

Studies Scholarship - Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

PhD Publication Scholarship - FAZIT (Foundation of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Publication Scholarship by the Johanna and Fritz Buch Gedächtnisstiftung

Memberships

Deutscher Juristinnenbund ("The German Women Lawyer Association")

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wehrrecht und Humanitäres Völkerrecht e. V.  ("German Society for Military Law and International Humanitarian Law")

International Society for Military Law and the Law of War

European Society of International Law

International Law Association

 Deutscher Hochschulverband (German University Association)

Alumna Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Alumna Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung

Miscellaneous

 Judge within the Bucerius Common Law Moot Court Competition 2019

 Reviewer for Oxford University Press

Member of the Network on Transnational Administrative Law

Member of the Committee awarding the Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law 2019

Member of the Coordinating Committee der ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security

 Peer Reviewer for the "Military Law and Law of War Review"

Peer Reviewer for the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law

Member of the Advisory Board of the "juwiss.de" Blog

 Member of the Advisory Board of the "Völkerrechtsblog" (www.voelkerrechtsblog.org)

National Administrator of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition 2015 (German Preliminaries)

Heidelberg Journal of International Law/ZaöRV - Member of Editorial Board/Review Board

A plea against the abusive invocation of self-defence as a response to terrorism

 Further signatories

http://cdi.ulb.ac.be/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Liste-prof-et-assistants-25-July.pdf

http://cdi.ulb.ac.be/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/A-plea-against-the-abusive-invocation-of-self-defence.pdf (PDF, 77.7 KB)

Press Statements/Interviews

 

Latin Americans fear precedent set by legal justification for Syria intervention, The Guardian (2 April 2019) Link to the Article 

Er Polen på vej til at afskaffe demokratiet? (Comment on the Polish constitutional crisis for Berlingske (18 July 2018) Link to the Article