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Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg

Assistant Professor in Law (specializing in International Law and International Dispute Settlement), Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg is Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Law, specializing in international law and international dispute settlement. Her research involves transformations of international law with respect to collective non-state entities; international legal regulation of global coordination problems; international investment law; and international law in domestic courts.

Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg completed her PhD in international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland with highest distinction (summa cum laude avec les félicitations du jury). She also holds an LLM degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, USA (having attended as Michigan Grotius Fellow), and Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She has held visiting fellowships at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the British Institute for International and Comparative Law in London, and the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, Queen Mary University of London.

Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg is also a dual-qualified attorney-at-law (State of New York; Czech Republic) and has advised States and private parties on a wide range of public international law and international dispute settlement matters. She served as a judicial assistant to Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood at the International Court of Justice and practiced public international law for several years with leading global law firms in the City of London, United Kingdom, and Prague, Czech Republic.

At Nottingham, Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg chairs the International Law Association Seminar Series, one of the University of Nottingham School of Law's main platforms for international law events, which features senior speakers from legal academia and practice. Dr Polackova Van der Ploefg is a member of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre, University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre, and the Human Rights Law Centre. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the 3DI: the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative.

Teaching Summary

Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg teaches International Investment Law, Business and Human Rights and International Dispute Settlement at the LLM level, and Introduction to Law and Legal Theory and… read more

Research Summary

Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg's first project, "Collective Non-State Entities in Contemporary International Law," for which she received the 2019 SNIS Award, explored the adaptations of international… read more

Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg teaches International Investment Law, Business and Human Rights and International Dispute Settlement at the LLM level, and Introduction to Law and Legal Theory and Foundations of Tort at the UG level.

She currently co-supervises Lea di Salvatore's doctoral project entitled "Fossil Fuels Development Projects and Climate Change: A legal appraisal of the Mozambican Case" (with Anna La Chimia).

If you would like to approach Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg for doctoral supervision, please always send your research proposal along with your CV.

Information about the School of Law PhD programme and how to apply can be found here: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/law/study/postgraduate-research/index.aspx.

Information about scholarships can be found here: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/law/study/postgraduate-research/funding.aspx

Current Research

Dr Polackova Van der Ploeg's first project, "Collective Non-State Entities in Contemporary International Law," for which she received the 2019 SNIS Award, explored the adaptations of international law to a globalized environment by exploring direct regulation of collective non-state entities through rules of international law. Through an examination of primary sources in multiple substantive areas of international law (including law of peace and security, law of the sea, international human rights law, international investment law, and international humanitarian law), the research traced the ongoing processes of normative change and demonstrated that contemporary international law had developed to set forth direct rights and obligations for collective non-state entities without the interposition of any state.

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