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Dr Stefanie Lemke

Dr Stefanie Lemke is responsible for the quantitative and qualitative data-collection in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands. She completed her PhD thesis on “Human Rights Lawyering and Access to Justice in Europe” at the Universities of Cologne, London and Oxford. She is a socio-legal scholar and serves as a scientific expert with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the UN Development Programme. She is appointed Visiting Professor at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL). 

She completed her PhD thesis on “Human Rights Lawyering and Access to Justice in Europe” at the Universities of Cologne, London and Oxford. She is a socio-legal scholar and serves as a scientific expert with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the UN Development Programme. She is appointed Visiting Professor at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL). 

In her research, Stefanie focuses on comparative human rights law, access to justice, judicial independence, the role of lawyers, legal empowerment, and civil and criminal justice reform, with an emphasis on Europe, Central Asia and Latin America.

Stefanie has conducted numerous interdisciplinary and large-scale research projects, litigated high-profile cases before the International Criminal Court and UN human rights bodies, trained diplomats and legal practitioners, and provided high-level expertise to various key stakeholders. She worked with leading research groups including the Prince Claus Chair (Professor Javier Couso) at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Documentation Centre for the Law of the Legal Profession in Europe (Prof. Dr. Matthias Kilian) at the University of Cologne, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (Department of the Rule of Law, Governance and Democracy), prominent NGOs such as the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and corporate law firms (e.g., Shearman & Sterling LLP).

Stefanie teaches human rights systems and socio-legal studies. She is a speaker at important conferences and published widely for varied audiences. Her most recent publications include:

[1] ‘The Rule of Law and the Legal Profession’ in Richard L Abel, Ole Hammerslev, Hilary Sommerlad and Ulrike Schultz (eds.), Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies: Volume 2 (Oxford: Hart Publishing) [forthcoming, co-authored by Ronald Janse].

[2] Human Rights Lawyering in Europa: Eine rechtsvergleichende Studie zur anwaltlichen Menschenrechtspraxis und zum Zugang zum Recht in England und Wales, Frankreich und Deutschland (on: effective access to justice for victims of human rights violations in Germany, England and Wales, and France), ISBN 978-3-8240-1610-5 (Bonn: Deutscher Anwaltsverlag, 2020) [forthcoming].

[3]‘The Arrest and Pre-Trial Detention in the EU’ in André Klip and Christina Peristeridou (eds.), Handbook of Comparative Criminal Procedure (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2020) [forthcoming, co-authored by Christina Peristeridou].

[4] Guidelines on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Legal Aid Systems in Areas of Civil and Administrative Law (Strasbourg: Council of Europe, 2020). [forthcoming]

[5] Analytical report on the results of the analysis of the current procedures and practices and assessment of judges’ observance of the Code of Judicial Ethics of the Republic of Kazakhstan (New York: United Nations Development Programme, 2020).

[6] Needs Assessment: Institutional Needs, Report for the European Union-Council of Europe Joint Project on Strengthening the Capacity of Bar Associations and Lawyers on European Human Rights Standards in Turkey (Strasbourg: Council of Europe, 2019) [co-authored by John Wadham and Gökçen Taner].

[7] ‘Human Rights Lawyering: Das Stiefkind der deutschen Anwaltschaft?’ (on: the absence of human rights lawyering in Germany) 2 (2018) MenschenRechtsMagazin 89-102.

[8] ‘The UN Guiding Principles and the Legal Profession: Quo Vadis?’ 2:2 (2017) Business and Human Rights Journal 351-357Business and Human Rights Journal 351-357.

[9] Observations to the Joint Report on ‘Challenges for Judicial Independence and Impartiality in the Member States of the Council of Europe’ by the Bureau of the Consultative Council of European Judges and the Bureau of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (The Hague: Netherlands Helsinki Committee and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, 2017).

[10] Accountability for Violations Committed During and in the Aftermath of the EuroMaidan Protests in Ukraine (The Hague: Netherlands Helsinki Committee and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, 2017).