Associate Professor Veronika Fikfak
Dr Veronika Fikfak is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. Until 2019, she was a Fellow and Lecturer at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. She holds a Magister Juris, an M.Phil and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. She previously worked at the International Court of Justice, the Law Commission of England and Wales, and at the European Court of Human Rights.
Her research interests are in the fields of public law, human rights and international law. Veronika is currently in charge of the ERC Project Human Rights Nudge. The project builds on previous research, funded by the ESRC, which looked at how the European Court of Human Rights awards damages for human rights violations. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, the team found that even in the award of damages to the victim, the individual or the harm suffered does not appear to be at the centre of the Court’s assessment. Instead, damages correlate more with the specific state, its GDP, and the state’s previous infringement record. The new ERC project Human Rights Nudge seeks to address the problems uncovered.
Dora Robinson is undertaking a PhD in Law, supervised by Dr Veronika Fikfak and Professor Eyal Benvenisti, at the University of Cambridge, where she is a recipient of both a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentship and an honorary Cambridge Trust Vice Chancellor’s Award. She is researching UK compliance with European Court of Human Rights judgments, looking at both ‘when’ and ‘why’ the UK complies, through quantitative and qualitative analysis of court documents, its judgments, domestic institutions, media, wider civil society and public attitudes.
Prior to this, Dora has worked as a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, as a Research Assistant to Professor Freya Baetens of PluriCourts, University of Oslo, on her project on identity and diversity on the international bench and as an Analysis Rapporteur at international risk consultancy Oxford Analytica.
Dora has an LLM in International Law from Cambridge, for which her thesis used quantitative analysis to examine the relationship between public trust in institutions in Council of Europe member states and and compliance with European Court of Human Rights judgments.
She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for which she researched the question of the international legal personality of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and a BA in War Studies, completed at King’s College London (KCL) and Georgetown University. At KCL she was awarded the Sir Michael Howard Award for Best Graduating Student in War Studies and the Saki Dockrill Award for Best Undergraduate Dissertation, for a thesis on the United Nations War Crimes Commission approach to the international criminal law defence of superior orders.
Lora Izvorova is a PhD student in Law at the University of Cambridge and the recipient of a Vice-Chancellor’s Award from the Cambridge Trust. Her research is supervised by Dr Veronika Fikfak and Professor Eyal Benvenisti.
Lora’s PhD is a comparative study of the citizen-state relationships in Russia and the UK, as revealed through the interaction of these states’ domestic constitutional systems with international human rights law, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights. The project consists of quantitative and qualitative analysis of domestic legislation and international human rights instruments, as well as relevant judgments of domestic and international courts, examined through the prism of theories of citizenship and the nature of law.
Prior to starting her PhD, Lora obtined an LLM in International Law from the University of Cambridge (2018-2019). In 2018, she graduated with first class honours from the LLB programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she was awarded the Charltons Prize for best overall performance (2016).
Lora is a member of the editorial team of the Cambridge International Law Journal – currently as co-convenor of the 9th Annual Cambridge International Law Conference in 2020, and previously as a General Editor (2018-2019). During her final year at the LSE, she was a Managing Editor of the LSE Law Review.
In addition to international law, Lora has a long-standing interest in constitutional and administrative law. She has previously interned at the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria in Sofia and the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in London.
Sabrina Boudra completed her LLM at the University of Essex in 2014, following her graduation with a double LLB/Licence in English and French Law at the same university. Her postgraduate studies were largely concerned with international human rights law, with particular focus on detention, international criminal law and counter-terrorism legislation. Following her graduation, she volunteered for various NGOs, including Reprieve, Redress, and the Prisoners’ Advice Service.
In 2016, Sabrina joined Dr Veronika Fikfak’s ESRC-funded project entitled ‘What Price for Human Rights?’ which focused on just satisfaction at the European Court of Human Rights. She specialised in detention cases and length of proceedings cases.
She left the project 2018, and is currently working as a Researcher and Assistant to Geoffrey Robertson QC, the head of Doughty Street Chambers.
Donata Szabo graduated first in her year from the LLB at Oxford Brookes and holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge. She also completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and was called to the Bar in July 2016. Donata has previous experience in human rights and international law. She previously worked at the European Parliament, the University of Cambridge and Israeli NGO Movement for Quality Government.
Donata joined Veronika Fikfak’s ESRC-funded project ‘What Price for Human Rights?’ in 2016. She focused on the right-to-life and right-to-privacy cases.
She currently works for the legal information provider GamblingCompliance. She manages GamblingCompliance's team of legal analysts. She specialises in legal and regulatory developments across Europe and Israel.