Department of Political Science


Dr Veronika Fikfak

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Associate Professor in International Law  
Room: 3.02, 31 Tavistock Square
Email: v.fikfak@ucl.ac.uk

I am an Associate Professor in International Law and Deputy Director for Research. I am currently principal investigator on an ERC funded project Human Rights Nudge and a Senior Humboldt Fellow at the Institute of Law and Economics in Hamburg. I am a managing editor of the American Journal of International Law Unbound and joint General Editor of the OUP Book Series of the European Society of International Law. I am a member of the Board of the European Society of International Law, where I co-founded the ESIL Interest Group on Social Sciences and International Law. I also serve as a judge ad hoc at the European Court of Human Rights. Prior to joining UCL, I worked at the Centre of Excellence, iCourts at the University of Copenhagen, at the University of Cambridge, and at Sciences Po in Paris. I hold a masters and doctorate degree from the University of Oxford and a first law degree from the University of Ljubljana. 


My research interests lie in the fields of international law, human rights, and public law. My current research focuses on reparations for human rights violations, compliance with international norms, interaction of domestic and international law, and system design. I employ quantitative and qualitative approaches in her work, informed by psychology and behavioural economics. My work has been funded by the European Research Council, UK’s ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant, the British Academy, Norway's Research Council, Carlsberg Foundation, and the Humboldt Foundation. I have published articles in European Journal of International Law, American Journal of International Law, International Journal of Constitutional Law, amongst others. 


I teach on the Human Rights and World Politics module.