Visiting Senior Researcher

Nina-Louisa Lorenz is Visiting Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (on leave). She received her Doctorate/JSD (in international law) from Stanford University, her JSM (in international law) from Stanford University, and a LL.M. (in European Law) from Lund University. She also holds the German Bar Exam.

Nina-Louisa Lorenz was Senior Lecturer at the Institute. She acted as course director in the Master Programme in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for courses, such as Advanced Human Rights, Human Rights in the Field, and Human Rights in the European Context. She had also served as Managing Director of the Master Programme in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and EMA Director for Lund. She also taught in several other courses, mainly on the European Convention on Human Rights or theory of human rights law. Nina-Louisa Lorenz was chair/ speaker on several international conferences.

Her research focuses on human rights law, legal culture, comparative law and European law. She is author of the book, The Legal Culture of the European Court of Human Rights , (Martinus Nijhoff publishers, 2007).-  Reviewed by Zdenék Kühn in 58 American Journal of Comparative Law (2010) at 208 and by David Nelken in 15 European Public Law (2009) at 447. – She is Co-Author of The European Human Rights Culture: The Paradox of Human Rights Protection in Europe , (Martinus Nijhoff publishers, 2013). With a pre-study on European Human Rights Culture, she was member of the Harvard Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum (2008).

Nina-Louisa Lorenz’s research looks at the legal actors (i.e. the judiciary, and how different legal families interact in the field of human rights) and their case law (empirically and qualitatively).


Keywords: European Convention on Human Rights, legal culture, human rights theory, comparative law, courts.


Select articles:

Nordic Journal International Law “The European Court of Human Rights as Example of Convergence,” 2007.

Peter Lang Publishing, Frankfurt, “Multicentrism: How Strasbourg law affects legal traditions in Europe,” in M. Zirk-Sadowski & B. Wojciechowski (eds.) Multicentrism as an Emerging Paradigm in Legal Theory, 2008.

Jurist och Ökonomsförlaget Copenhagen, “Promoting cracks in the surface: Strasbourg changing Swedish legal culture” in L. Christoffersen et all (eds.) Law and Religion in the 21st Century – Nordic Perspective, New Life in the Ruins – Pluralistic renewal in the Lutheran setting, 2010.

Ashgate, “No court is an island: Philosophy at the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice,” in M. Zirk – Sadowski, B. Wojciechowski, K. Cern (eds.): Legal and Communication Strategies: Towards the Recognition of Minority Groups, 2014.