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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

My main research interests lie in the area of EU constitutional law, EU security regulation, EU market regulation, human rights 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 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.

In recent years, I have been a visiting scholar at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Law Faculty Uppsala University, an Emile Noël Fellow at New York University, Michigan University Law School, European University Institute, WZB Berlin Centre for Global Constitutionalism, the Global Trust Centre 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 written three monographs: The Constitutional Structure of the European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and the Right to Justification (Hart Studies in Security & Justice 2019),  Market Manipulation and Insider Trading (Hart 2019 with N Ryder) and The Constitutional Dimension of European Criminal Law (Hart, Modern Studies in European Law 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 analyzes 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.

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Research areas

  • Constitutional law & theory
  • EU criminal law, AFSJ law & EU constitutional law
  • Political theory
  • EU security regulation

Teaching areas

  • Criminal law procedure
  • EU law
  • Constitutional law
  • Human rights

Selected publications

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

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

The Constitutional Dimension of European Criminal Law (Oxford: 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

"Dimensions of Justice and Justification in EU and Transnational Contexts", Transnational Legal Theory, 2017 issue 1 (special issue)
Herlin-Karnell, Ester, Kjaer, F Poul

EU Security Governance and Financial Crimes”, German Law Journal (2018), vol 19 issue 5 (special issue)
Busser, Els, Herlin-Karnell, Ester

"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) 13:1, p. 1-27. VERLAG OSTERREICH.
Herlin-Karnell, Ester

"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