Prof. Dr. Paulina Starski appointed professor at University of Graz

Graduate of Bucerius Law School assumes professorship for Public Law and Global Governance in Austria

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Professor Dr. Paulina Starski, who received her habilitation at Bucerius Law School in February 2020 under Professor Dr. Axel Kämmerer was appointed Professor for Public Law and Global Governance at the University of Graz, Austria. Her future research projects include the rule of law crisis(es) in EU member states and the comparative constitutional analysis of open constitutionalism. In addition, Starski focuses on the protection of fundamental rights in Europe from the perspective of different internal logics of the ECJ, ECtHR and the national supreme courts as well as an examination of private law analogies in international law. In addition, Starski works as a substitute professor at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany.



In the context of her habilitation - "The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law" - Paulina Starski dealt with a fundamental problem of international law: What happens when states fail to fulfill obligations under international law or fail to meet certain normative expectations? The starting point was the practice of the right of self-defense against non-state actors. Starski intensively dealt with legislators and their ‘willingness‘ and ‘ability‘ in this framework.



Paulina Starski looks back on her academic career at Bucerius Law School with great pleasure: "My time as an undergraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral student at Bucerius Law School with Axel Kämmerer had a profound personal and academic impact on me. It is here that I discovered my passion for law and had broad room to develop."


Paulina Starski started her studies at Bucerius Law School in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 2004. In the same year she studied at the University of Sydney as part of the Master's program. From 2006 to 2007 Starski passed her 1st state examination and from 2010 to 2013 her 2nd state examination at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court. In 2013, she received her PhD from Bucerius Law School before obtaining her Habilitation in 2020. Paulina Starski's publications and research interests include public law, international law and European law.


Florian Helwich, translated by David Patrician