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Ester Herlin-Karnell


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Vasagatan 1
41124 Göteborg
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Box 650
40530 Göteborg

About Ester Herlin-Karnell

I am a Professor of EU law. My main research interests lie in the area of EU constitutional law, EU security regulation, EU criminal law & market regulation, constitutional law theory and political theory. I was previously a Professor of EU Constitutional Law and Justice and a University Research Chair at VU University Amsterdam where I was the co-director and founder of the Centre for European Legal Studies (2009-2019). I hold a DPhil in law from Somerville, College Oxford, an LLM from King’s College London and a Jur Kand (LLM) from Stockholm University.

I have been a visiting fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Uppsala University School of Law, New York University (Emile Noël Fellow), Michigan University Law School, European University Institute, WZB Berlin Centre for Global Constitutionalism, the Global Trust Centre at Tel Aviv University, Haifa University Minerva Centre for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions and at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. I have also been a visiting professor at the Global Law programme at Haifa University.

My publications include: The Constitutional Structure of the European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the Right to Justification (Hart publishing 2019), Market Manipulation and Insider Trading (Hart publishing 2019 with N Ryder) and The Constitutional Dimension of European Criminal Law (Hart publishing 2012) and numerous articles and book chapters. I am also the co-author (with G Conway & A Ganesh) of European Union Law in Context, a textbook published in 2021.

I have also co-edited several edited volumes and special journal issues. Recent edited volumes include: 'From constitutionalism to war: the public uses of coercion and force', Oxford University Press (co-edited with E Rossi) and Constitutionalism Justified: Rainer Forst in Discourse (co-edited M Klatt and assistant editor H Morales Zúniga, Oxford University Press 2019).

For a publication list, please see my CV. A University of Gothenburg presentation of some of my research is available here. For an interview in connection with my professorship here see this link (in Swedish).

I am an Associate Editor of Jus Cogens (Springer) and a member of the editorial board of EUcrim.

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Research areas

  • EU criminal law, AFSJ law
  • EU constitutional law
  • Constitutional theory & political theory

Teaching areas

Current teaching areas:

  • EU constitutional law
  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice & Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Legal theory
  • Criminal Law

Selected publications

"Republican theory and the EU: Emergency Laws and Constitutional Challenges", Jus Cogens (2021), pp 209-228.

(with E Rossi) From Constitutionalism to War: The Public uses of Coercion and Force (Oxford University Press 2021) edited volume with comments and reply by Arthur Ripstein

(with M Klatt) Constitutionalism Justified - Rainer Forst in Discourse (Oxford University Press 2019, edited volume) with comments and reply by Rainer Forst.

The Constitutional Structure of Europe’s Area of “Freedom, Security and Justice ” and the Right to Justification, Hart publishing 2019

(with N Ryder) Market manipulation and insider trading: regulatory challenges in United States of America, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Hart publishing 2019

“The Politics of EU law and the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” chapter in PJ Cardwell & M-P Granger, (eds) Handbook on the Politics of EU Law (Edward Elgar 2020)

EU Security Governance and Financial Crimes, German Law Journal 2018 pp 1170-1290 (special issue co-edited with E De Busser)

Dimensions of Justice and Justification in EU and Transnational Contexts Transnational Legal Theory (2017), issue 1 (special issue co-edited with PF Kjaer).

The Constitutional Dimension of European Criminal Law, (Hart Publishing 2012)

(with M Fletcher & C Matera) The European Union as an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Routledge 2020, edited volume)

(with R Haverkamp & C Lernestedt) What is wrong with Human Trafficking, critical perspectives on the law (Hart publishing 2020, edited volume)

(with G Conway and A Ganesh) European Union Law in Context, (Hart publishing 2021)