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Verena Kahl

Scholar in Residence, Fall 2022


Verena is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Hamburg at the chair of Prof. Dr. Markus Kotzur, LLM. (Duke University). Her PhD project focuses on the current status and future prospects of a human right to climate protection, which inter alia touches upon the ongoing human rights expansionism debate, identifies potential theoretical foundations and includes recommendations regarding the dogmatic, procedural and substantive design of such a right.


Her areas of research include human and fundamental rights protection, international environmental law and international climate law as well as schools of thought in public international law with a particular focus on feminist approaches, among others. Verena is currently awarded a scholarship by the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law and has received a Fulbright scholarship for her research visit at the CHRGJ. She holds both German State Examinations as well as a Master of Public International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica). From 2015 to 2018 she served as junior lawyer and integrated expert of the German Society of International Cooperation at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In her function as integrated expert she contributed to the systematization of the Court’s jurisprudence. As a junior lawyer she collaborated in the elaboration of draft judgments and advisory opinions, including Advisory Opinion No. 23 (The Environment and Human Rights). Verena is a member of Alliance 90/The Greens (Green Party in Germany) and Equal Opportunities Officer at the law faculty of the University of Hamburg. She is furthermore founding member of RICEDH (Red International sobre Cambio Climático, Energía y Derechos Humanos) and editor of a calendar starring Outstanding Women of International, European and Constitutional Law.