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Dr. Cornelia Klocker

Senior Researcher

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Dr. Cornelia Klocker's Bio

Cornelia is a senior researcher within the Human Rights Centre at Ghent University. Her research focuses on the evidence regimes developed by and within the framework of the Treaty Bodies of the United Nations (such as the HRC, CAT, CERD, CRC or CEDAW), as part of the larger ERC-funded project “DISSECT: Evidence in International Human Rights Adjudication” headed by Professor Marie-Bénédicte Dembour.

Cornelia holds a PhD in Law from Birkbeck College, University of London, an LLM International Law from the University of Sussex and an undergraduate law degree from the University of Salzburg. Before joining the Human Rights Centre and DISSECT, Cornelia was a postdoctoral fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, in Germany. Her research interests revolve around international human rights law (esp ECHR, discrimination, minority rights and group rights) and the intersections between the law of armed conflict and human rights law. The interest in discrimination research has led her to a closer study of UN Treaty Bodies, in particular CERD and its treatment of evidence, and she will build upon and further develop these research perspectives as a member of DISSECT.

Dr. Cornelia Klocker's Publications

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Dr. Cornelia Klocker's Featured publications


Collective punishment and international human rights law, (Abingdon: Routledge, 2020)


  • ‘The UN Security Council and EU CSDP operations: Exploring EU military operations from an outside perspective,’ Europe and the World: A law review 5 (1), (2021): 3-17.
  • ‘Punitive house burning in Chechnya: Is collective punishment outside armed conflict prohibited?,‘ Review of Central and East European Law 44, (2019): 31-57.
  • ‘Suppressing Collective Memory: Chechnya’s ‘Day of Memory and Grief’ and the rehabilitation of Stalinism in today’s Russia,‘ London Journal of Critical Thought 2 (1), (2018): 38-49.


  • ‘Compensating victims of armed conflict: Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights,‘ in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law: Challenges Ahead, Edward Elgar Publishing, eds. Norman Weiß and Andreas Zimmermann, 2022: 175-197.
  • ‘Collective punishment,‘ in Elgar Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Edward Elgar Publishing, eds. Manfred Nowak, Jane A Hofbauer, Philipp Janig and Christina Binder, 2022.



Dr. Cornelia Klocker's Professional positions

  • Senior Researcher, Ghent University, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Department of European, Public and International Law, Belgium (2022 – ongoing)
  • Case Worker (asylum and subsidiary protection), Stadt Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany (2022 – ongoing)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany (2019 – 2022)
  • Associate Tutor, Birkbeck School of Law, London, United Kingdom (2016 – 2019)

Dr. Cornelia Klocker's Internships

  • European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), London, United Kingdom (2015)

Dr. Cornelia Klocker's Education

  • PhD Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom (2018)
  • LLM International Law, University of Sussex, United Kingdom (2015)
  • Magistra iuris, University of Salzburg, Austria (2014)

Dr. Cornelia Klocker's Teaching

  • “Introduction to the law of armed conflict and international criminal justice” (University of Konstanz)
  • “Minority rights in Europe” (University of Konstanz)
  • “International Relations Law of the European Union” (University of Konstanz)
  • “Constitutional and Administrative Law” (Birkbeck College)
Dr. Cornelia Klocker's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 2nd Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Working days: Friday
  • Office hours: On appointment
Dr. Cornelia Klocker's expertise
  • Human Rights Law
  • European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
  • Discrimination, collective injustice, minority rights and group rights
  • Law of armed conflict


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