Stefanie Lemke


Dr Stefanie Lemke completed her PhD thesis on “Human Rights Lawyering and Access to Justice in Europe” at the Universities of Cologne, London and Oxford. She is an expert at the Council of Europe (Programme Office Turkey) and the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers and DG FISMA).

Stefanie focuses on a broad range of matters concerning the protection of human rights and the rule of law, including access to justice, victims’ rights, judicial independence, indicators, and business and human rights. For more than a decade, she has led numerous socio-legal and large-scale research projects, litigated high-profile cases before the ICC and UN human rights bodies, taught human rights systems, and trained diplomats and legal professionals in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. She has worked with various key stakeholders including leading research groups, government institutions, international civil society organizations and global law firms, such as the Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development (Javier Couso) at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Berlin-based European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), and the The Hague-based Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC).

Stefanie is a regular guest lecturer and speaker at important conferences. She has published widely for varied audiences. Her most recent publications include:

[1] ‘The Arrest and Pre-Trial Detention in the EU’ in André Klip and Christina Peristeridou (eds.), Handbook of Comparative Criminal Procedure (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2019) [forthcoming, co-authored by Christina Peristeridou].

[2] ‘Human Rights Lawyering: Das Stiefkind der deutschen Anwaltschaft?’ 2 (2018) MenschenRechtsMagazin [forthcoming].

[3] Human Rights Lawyering in Europa: Eine rechtsvergleichende Studie zur anwaltlichen Menschenrechtspraxis und zum Zugang zum Recht in England und Wales, Frankreich und Deutschland. (Bonn: Deutscher Anwaltsverlag, 2018) [forthcoming].

[4] Assessing the Completeness and Conformity of Measures of Member States to Transpose Directive 2012/29/EU (‘Victims’ Rights Directive’): Country Summary Report for Germany (Brussels: European Commission, 2018) [forthcoming].

[5] ‘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.

[6] 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).

[7] 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). 

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