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Pola Cebulak (Ph.D)

Visiting Lecturer
International Business and Human Rights


Doctorate in Legal Studies (Universite Libre de Bruxelles, 2014)
Diplomjurist/First Legal State Exam (Humboldt University Berlin, 2010)
Undergraduate Diploma in Legal Studies (King’s College London, 2008)

Significant Professional Experience

Pola is a postdoctoral reseracher at iCourts – the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (2016-2018). Previously, Pola worked as a lecturer of EU law (2015/16) at the University of Geneva and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Public International and European Law at the University of Fribourg (CH) (2014/15). She holds a double doctoral degree (2010-2014) from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Institute for European Studies) and the University of Geneva (Global Studies Institute). She benefited from a fellowship of the European Commission awarded within the framework of the GEM PhD School – Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism (2010-2013). Pola spent the autumn semester 2012 as a visiting scholar at Boston University (Centre for the Study of Europe). She graduated from the Humboldt University in Berlin (2005-2010) with a German “Staatsexamen”, where she also followed the School of Polish Law (2006-2009). During her exchange year at King’s College London (2007-2008) she specialized in European and Human Rights Law. Her experience includes an administrative traineeship at the Court of Justice of the EU as well as summer internships at the Polish Embassy in Berlin and Clifford Chance LLP.

Current research

Pola’s particular interest lies in research on the normative underpinnings and the theoretical narrative that could frame the external dimension of judicial authority and legitimacy. In her doctoral dissertation entitled “Judicial Activism of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in a Pluralist Architecture of Global Law”, Pola was examining the internal and external factors channeling judicial activism of the CJEU in the domain of EU external relations.  She has been presenting and publishing in English, French, German and Polish on a wide range of topics going also beyond European integration, such as international human rights law, judicial politics, global constitutionalism, national constitutional courts in the EU and comparative regionalism.

Main publications

  • “The Tensions between Internal and External Multilateralism in the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union Concerning International Agreements”, Assel Tutumlu & Gaye Güngör (eds.), Multilateralism in Global Governance. Formal and Informal Institutions, Peter Lang, 2016
  • Introduction in “L’Union européenne et le droit international – The  European Union  and  International Law”,  Samantha Besson and Nicolas  Levrat (eds.), Schulthess, 2015
  • “Le volet externe de l’ELSJ et la PESC : droits fondamentaux et sécurité : quelle cohérence  pour l’approche de la Cour de justice en matière de gel des avoirs ?”, jointly with Francisco Javier Mena in Catherine Flaesch-Mougin, Lucia Serena Rossi (eds.), La dimension extérieure de l’espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice de l’Union européenne après le Traité de Lisbonne, Bruylant, Bruxelles 2013
  • “Inherent Risks of the Pluralist Structure: Use of the Concept of National Constitutional Identity by the Polish and Czech Constitutional Courts”, Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy, Vol.8, 2012, pp. 473-504

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