Etienne and is a political scientist and doctoral researcher in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Wolfson College. Advised by Professor Fernanda Pirie (CSLS) and Dr Ezequiel González Ocantos (DPIR), he works on comparative judicial politics, rule of law backsliding, and the European Union's protection of judicial independence in Hungary and Poland. Etienne's other professional interests are the U.S. Supreme Court and South Korean politics, especially the party system. In his research, Etienne uses mixed methods. Much of his research relies on process-tracing using semi-structured elite and expert interviews as sources to complement written materials. He also mines online data from websites and social networks (especially Twitter) for text-as-data applications using computational social science methods. You can follow Etienne on Twitter: @EtienneHanelt.

Etienne serves the graduate and early-career community at Wolfson College. In 2019–20, he was elected as the Chair of the General Meeting (the Common Room President). Etienne is also an elected member of the College's Governing Body (elected 2019, reelected 2020) and also served on the central General Purposes Committee (2018–20), as well as many others (Academic Committee, Academic Proposals and Funding Sub-Committee, Communications Sub-Committee, Domestic and Premises Committee, Equality and Welfare Committee, Social and Cultural Committee as well as the inter-collegiate Graduate Presidents Committee). He co-founded and convened OxonCourts aiming to connect research students and researchers with an interest in courts across departmental boundaries in the social sciences. Moreover, Etienne was the Journal Secretary for the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (JOxCSLS, 2018–19) and handled social media, academic engagement and journal development in his role. Etienne also volunteered in 2018 for Oxford Pro Bono Publico as a legal researcher on comparative human rights. He was in 2019-20 'Admiral of the Punts' at Wolfson College's Punt Club. Etienne is also a member of the Oxford German Society and the Association of Bi-National Families, Frankfurt.

He holds degrees in Political Science from Friedrich Schiller University Jena (MA, BA) and has studied as a graduate exchange student in Michigan and South Korea. For his master's thesis, he was awarded the Jena Political Science Department's best thesis award in 2016. His research experience includes work on a project on constitutional courts at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and internships at the Gyeonggi Research Institute in Suwon (South Korea) as well as at the Stasi Records Agency in Berlin. Before joining Oxford, Etienne taught classes in political science at Jena.


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E Hanelt, Public Diplomacy in a Hybrid Regime: The Case of Hungary, paper presented at the Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University, Brno on 10 May 2021 [invited talk]
E Hanelt, Public Diplomacy in Backsliding Regimes? Hungary and Poland, paper presented at ECPR SGEU, 10-12 June (virtual)
E Hanelt, The Rule of Law and Public Diplomacy: A Case Study on Hungary, paper presented at the workshop: 'Courts and Regulation in Action: From Activism to Innovation?', 4-5 March 2021 at the University of Oxford
E Hanelt, Conceptualizing Political Interference with Courts, paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, 8-12 April 2019 at UCLouvain Mons. Workshop: 'Judicial Authority Under Pressure: Politicisation and Backlash against Courts in the Age of Populism'
E Hanelt, Dan Quayle (1989–1993) – the Vice President as a burden on the presidency, paper presented at the workshop: 'The Vice President of the United States', 19-20 July 2013 at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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E Hanelt and J McLoughlin, 'United States of America' in R Sahgal, G Pillai and K Sheridan (eds), Religious exemptions for the solemnisation of same sex unions: Constitutionality of Section 6 of the Civil Union Act, 2006 in South Africa (Oxford Pro Bono Publico 2018)
Legal research for Oxford Pro Bono Publico, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.

Research Interests

  • judicial politics
  • European politics
  • comparative political institutions
  • democratic backsliding
  • US politics (especially Supreme Court)
  • South Korean politics

Research projects