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MJur, MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Senior Lecturer and Fellow in Law (Homerton College)

CV / Biography

Dr Veronika Fikfak is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Homerton College. She holds a Magister Juris and an M.Phil and D.Phil from the University of Oxford. She previously worked at the International Court of Justice, the Law Commission of England and Wales, the European Court of Human Rights and at the UN in Paris. She has held visiting positions at the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris, at the University of Poitiers and her alma mater, University of Ljubljana. She is a Member of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Cambridge’s Centre for Public Law.

Dr Fikfak’s research interests are in the fields of human rights, international and constitutional law.

  • Human Rights Projects

Dr Fikfak's research focuses on international human rights institutions, in particular on the European Court of Human Rights. In this context, she is especially interested in the law of remedies for human rights violations. She is currently working on a project funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the Newton Trust entitled 'What Price for Human Rights: Compensating human rights violations'. The aim of the project is to understand how the European Court of Human Rights determines compensation in human rights claims. The project uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyse the jurisprudence of the European Court in order to discern the legal principles from its practice. The initial results of the project were presented during an ESIL Lecture as well as at the NYU Junior Faculty Forum and at the Comparative Law and Economics Forum in Amsterdam. They will be published in a forthcoming article in the European Journal of International Law.

Her next project, A Nudge in the Rights Direction? Redesigning the Architecture of Human Rights Remedies', will be funded by the European Research Council. The project, which builds on Dr Fikfak’s work on damages, seeks to understand how different remedies affect the way states comply with human rights requirements and incorporate them into their own domestic laws. Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative research in six countries, the project will reveal the dynamics of compliance or non-compliance and the efficacy of different types of remedies in changing the behaviour of human rights violators. The central aim of the project is to identify options for new remedies - incentives or nudges - which human rights institutions can use to deter future violations. Using the example of the European Court of Human Rights and its caselaw, the research will build on insights from behavioural economics to question widespread theories about monetisation of human rights, public shaming, and deference shown to states in the specification of remedies.

  • International Law in Domestic Law Projects

Dr Fikfak's other research passion is how international law is used in domestic law. Her first book – Parliament’s Secret War (together with H. Hooper, Hart Series in Security and Justice, Bloomsbury) – investigates the engagement of the UK Parliament on questions of war. It focuses on the scope and content of the so-called consultation convention, in particular revealing how the question of the constitutionality of the decision to go to war is closely interlinked with the international legality of the use of force. The book shows how the Executive adjusts the degree of Parliament’s involvement depending on how controversial the deployment of troops appears to be. The book critiques such strategic engagements of Parliament and considers what role international law should play in political discourse on questions of war.

Dr Fikfak’s next monograph expands her doctoral thesis and looks at how the role of the domestic judiciary and its relationships with the other branches has changed as a result of the influence of international law.

  • Teaching

Dr Fikfak lectures and supervises in international and constitutional law, including human rights. With Professor David Feldman, she runs the popular LLM course Birth, Afterlife and Development of states. The course adopts a comparative constitutional and international law approach to examining how states develop and change externally and internally. Students are encouraged to consider to what extent political, international legal and constitutional factors influence life-cycles of states and how different branches of government and in particular domestic courts contribute to these changes. A taster can be found here.

  • PhD Supervision

Dr Fikfak welcomes applications from PhD students who wish to research in her areas of interest and especially those keen to undertake empirical research or use new methodologies. Her papers can be accessed here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Veronika_Fikfak or via her SSRN page.

 

Publications

 

Books

"Parliament's Secret War" (Hart Bloomsbury)

Co-Author/s:
Hayley Hooper
Published:
Dec 2017
Publisher:
Hart Bloomsbury

Articles

"English Courts and the ‘Internalisation’ of the European Convention of Human Rights? – Between Theory and Practice" [2015] 5 UK Supreme Court Annual Review, 188-222

Citation:
[2015] 5 UK Supreme Court Annual Review, 188-222
Published:
Jun 2015

"Kadi and the Role of the CJEU in the International Legal Order" [2012-2013] Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, Vol 15., Chapter 20

Citation:
[2012-2013] Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, Vol 15., Chapter 20
Published:
Nov 2013

"International Law Before English and Asian Courts: Finding the Judicial Role in the Separation of Powers" Asian Journal of International Law, pp 271-304

Citation:
Asian Journal of International Law, pp 271-304
Published:
Jul 2013

Book Chapters

"Domestic Courts' Enforcement of Decisions and Opinions of the International Court of Justice" in Mads Andenas and Eirik Bjorge (eds.), A Farewell to Fragmentation: Reassertion and Convergence in International Law (Cambridge University Press)

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Date:
Dec 2014
Co-Author/s:
Mads Andenas and Eirik Bjorge (eds.)

"Judicial Strategies and Their Impact on the Development of the International Rule of Law" in Machiko Kanetake and André Nollkaemper (eds.), The Rule of Law at the National and International Levels: Contestations and Deference (Hart Publishing)

Publisher:
Hart Publishing
Published Date:
Nov 2014
Co-Author/s:
Machiko Kanetake and André Nollkaemper (eds.)

Book Reviews

The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice. by Stephen Gardbaum. Cambridge Law Journal, Vol 73, 200-203

Published:
Mar 2014

Compliance with Decisions of the International Court of Justice. by Constanze Schulte. Global Law Books.

Case Notes

The Meaning of Judicial Authority after Assange [2015] 131 LQR 192

Published:
Jun 2015

Reports

Submission for Joint Committee for Human Rights Call for Evidence in New Inquiry into Human Trafficking.

Co-Author/s:
and others
Published:
Jan 2006
Body / Institution:
Oxford Pro Bono Publico

Legal Opinion on Intercept Communication

Co-Author/s:
with others
Published:
Jan 2006
Body / Institution:
Oxford Pro Bono Publico

Legal Research to assist with the drafting of Amendments to the Law on Criminal Procedure of Bosnia-Herzegovina - Report by Oxford Pro Bono Publico for Judge Malik Hadziomeragic, Supreme Court of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Co-Author/s:
Liora Lazarus
Published:
Aug 2005
Body / Institution:
Oxford Pro Bono Publico

Legal Consequences of Israel’s Construction of a Separation Barrier in the Occupied Territories

Co-Author/s:
Amir Fuchs, Gyorgy Lissauer and Ben Saul
Published:
Feb 2004
Body / Institution:
Oxford Public Interest Lawyers for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)