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Ester Herlin-Karnell


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Visiting address
Vasagatan 1
41124 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 650
40530 Göteborg

About Ester Herlin-Karnell

I am a Professor of EU law (with a specialization in EU criminal law). My main research interests lie in the area of EU criminal law, EU constitutional law, EU security regulation, EU 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 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 where I gave a specialized course on the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

I have written three monographs: 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).

I have also co-edited several edited volumes and special journal issues. Most recently I co-edited Constitutionalism Justified: Rainer Forst in Discourse (with Matthias Klatt and assistant editor Hector Morales Zúniga, Oxford University Press 2019). This volume discusses Rainer Forst’s theory of the right to justification from legal-philosophical and constitutional-theoretical perspectives.

I am currently working on several new projects, inter alia, an edited volume (with Enzo Rossi) entitled 'From constitutionalism to war: the public uses of coercion and force' (with particular reference to Arthur Ripstein’s new work on Kant and the law of war), forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

For a publication list, please see my cv. A University of Gothenburg presentation of some of my research is available here.

On other web sites

Research areas

  • EU criminal law, AFSJ law
  • EU constitutional law
  • Constitutional theory & political theory
  • Transnational law
  • EU security regulation
  • EU data protection

Teaching areas

Current teaching:

  • EU constitutional law (specialized course)
  • Criminal law
  • Legal theory
  • EU law

Selected publications

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

Market manipulation and insider trading: regulatory challenges in United States of America, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Hart publishing 2019
Herlin Karnell, Ester, Ryder, Nicholas

The Constitutional Dimension of European Criminal Law, Hart Publishing 2012
Herlin-Karnell, Ester

Constitutionalism Justified - Rainer Forst in Discourse (Oxford University Press 2019, edited volume)
Herlin-Karnell, Ester, Klatt, Matthias

What is Wrong with Human Trafficking. Critical Perspectives on the Law (Hart publishing 2018, edited volume)
Haverkamp, Rita, Herlin-Karnell, Ester, Lernestedt, Claes

The European Union as an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Routledge 2016, edited volume).
Fletcher, Maria, Herlin-Karnell, Ester, Matera, Claudio

"The Domination of Security and the Promise of Justice: On Justification and Proportionality in Europe’s “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”, Transnational Legal Theory (2017), 79
Herlin Karnell, Ester

"On constitutional law parameters and EU Security regulation" Boston University International Law Journal (online issue 2018/2019)
Herlin Karnell, Ester

"The Power of Comparative Constitutional Law Reasoning in European Criminal Law Procedure”, Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, (2019), p 1-27

"Prosecuting EU Financial Crimes: The European Public Prosecutor’s Office in Comparison to the US Federal Regime" German Law Journal (2018) pp 1191-1220.
Gómez-Jara Díez, Carlos, Herlin-Karnell, Ester

“The Establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office: Between ‘Better Regulation’ and Subsidiarity Concerns", in Erkelens, Geelhoed and Meij (eds) The Establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO):“State of Play and Perspectives” (Springer 2017), ch 5.