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Dr Paul Gragl, Mag.phil. (University of Graz), Mag.iur. (University of Graz), Dr.iur. (University of Graz)

Paul

Senior Lecturer in Law

Email: p.gragl@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: + 44 (0) 20 7882 3956
Room Number: Mile End
Website: http://qmul.academia.edu/PaulGragl

Profile

Dr Paul Gragl joined Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in September 2013. Prior to arriving at QMUL, he worked as a Teaching and Research Fellow at the Institute of International Law and International Relations of the University of Graz, Austria (2010-2012), where he also completed his doctoral thesis on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). From 2012 to 2013, he held the post of Research Fellow at City University London, starting his current research on the relationship between legal orders, especially between public international law, EU law, and national law.

Paul Gragl’s research interests include: (1) legal theory, in particular the philosophical foundations of legal monism as envisaged by the Pure Theory of Law; its practical applicability and falsifiability; and its normative consequences in terms of democracy theory and cosmopolitanism; (2) EU constitutional law, EU fundamental rights law, and the relationship between the law of the EU and the ECHR (particularly EU accession to the ECHR) as well as between EU law and Member State law; (3) public international law, and in particular the law of treaties, secession and self-determination, jurisdiction and State immunity, and the reception of international norms in domestic legal orders; (4) and legal philosophy, especially epistemological questions of law and morality.

Research

Dr Gragl is currently researching:

  • the viability of legal monism as a philosophical and epistemological concept; its practical applicability to the relationship between legal orders; and its normative implications for democracy, pacifism, and cosmopolitanism, as envisaged by the proponents of the Pure Theory of Law
  • epistemological questions of law and morality, their possible non-reducibility to metaphysics and empirical facts, and the dichotomy of Is and Ought
  • EU constitutional law and fundamental rights protection in the European Union
  • the relationship between EU law and the ECHR (especially EU accession to the ECHR) as well as between EU law and Member State law
  • public international law, in particular: the law of treaties; secession and self-determination; jurisdiction and State immunity; and the reception of international norms within domestic legal orders.

Publications

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Monographs

  • Legal Monism: Law, Philosophy, and Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2017).
  • The Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2013).
  • Reviews:
    • Joris Larik (2014) 51 Common Market Law Review 1542-1544.
    • Tobias Lock (2013) 32 Yearbook of European Law 535-537.
    • Eva Radlgruber in Wolfgang Benedek, Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Wolfram Karl, and Manfred Nowak (eds), European Yearbook on Human Rights 2014 (Vienna: NWV, 2014).
    • Marco Pacini (2014) 64 Rivista Trimestrale di Diritto Pubblico
    • Jean-Sylvestre Bergé (2014) 50 Revue trimestrielle de droit européen VI-VII.

Editorial Work

  • (with Stephen Allen, Daniel Costelloe, Malgosia Fitzmaurice and Edward Guntrip (eds), The Oxford Handbook on Jurisdiction in International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2018).
  • (with Violeta Moreno-Lax) (eds), Yearbook of European Law: Special Issue (2016) 35 Yearbook of European Law 455-711.
  • Journal Articles
  • ‘Rechtsfragen einer möglichen Untersagungspflicht für völkerrechtswidrige Referenden‘ (submitted to Archiv des Völkerrechts, approx. 25 pages).
  • ‘Rousseau and Kant on Democracy as a Means to International Law and Cosmopolitan Peace’ (submitted to Journal of the History of Ideas , approx. 20 pages).
  • ‘Kelsen’s Metaethics’ (submitted to Law & Philosophy, approx. 20 pages).
  • ‘In Defence of Kelsenian Monism: Countering Hart and Raz’ (2017) 8 Jurisprudence 1-32.
  • (with Violeta Moreno-Lax), ‘The Quest for a (Fully-Fledged) Theoretical Framework: Co-Implication, Embeddedness, and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law’ (2016) 35 Yearbook of European Law 455-470.
  • ‘The Pure Theory of Law and Legal Monism – Epistemological Truth and Empirical Plausibility’ (2015) 70 Zeitschrift für öffentliches Recht 665-736.
  • ‘The Silence of the Treaties: General International Law and the European Union’ (2015) 57 German Yearbook of International Law 375-409.
  • ‘The Reasonableness of Jealousy: Opinion 2/13 and EU Accession to the ECHR’ in Wolfgang Benedek, Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Wolfram Karl, and Manfred Nowak (eds), European Yearbook on Human Rights 2015 (Vienna: NWV, 2015) 27-50.
  • ‘A Giant Leap for European Human Rights? The Final Agreement on the European Union’s Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights’ (2014) 51 Common Market Law Review 13-58.
  • ‘(Judicial) Love is Not a One-Way Street: The EU Preliminary Reference Procedure as a Model for ECtHR Advisory Opinions under Draft Protocol No. 16’ (2013) 38 European Law Review 229-247 (this article was also published under the same title in [2013] European Current Law 573-595).
  • (with Heike Montag), ‘Völkerrecht 2012 - Richterliche Praxis und politische Realität. 37. Österreichischer Völkerrechtstag’ (2012) 25 Humanitäres Völkerrecht – Informationsschriften 163-164.
  • ‘Strasbourg’s External Review after the EU’s Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights: A Subordination of the Luxembourg Court?’ (2012) 17 Tilburg Law Review 32-62.
  • ‘The Shortcomings of Dublin II: Strasbourg’s M.S.S. Judgment and its Implications for the European Union’s Legal Order’ in Wolfgang Benedek, Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Wolfram Karl, and Manfred Nowak (eds), European Yearbook on Human Rights 2012 (Vienna: NWV, 2012) 123-139.
  • ‘Accession Revisited: Will Fundamental Rights Protection Trump the European Union’s Legal Autonomy?’ in Wolfgang Benedek, Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Wolfram Karl, and Manfred Nowak (eds), European Yearbook on Human Rights 2011 (Vienna: NWV, 2011) 159-172.
  • ‘Der rechtliche Status der EMRK innerhalb des Unionsrechts. Zu den Auswirkungen auf die Rechtsautonomie der Europäischen Union nach ihrem Beitritt zur EMRK’ (2011) 14 Zeitschrift für Europarechtliche Studien 409-431.
  • ‘Der EMRK-Beitritt der EU. Eine kritische Darstellung zum Spannungsfeld von effektivem Rechtsschutz und Rechtsautonomie der EU’ (2011) 23 juridikum 178-186.
  • ‘Anwendungsbereich und Tragweite der Europäischen Grundrechte. Die Bedeutung der Grundrechtecharta für die Bindung der Mitgliedstaaten und den Verhältnismäßigkeitsgrundsatz’ (2010/2011) 21 Juristische Ausbildung und Praxisvorbereitung (JAP) 47-51.

Book Chapters and Contributions to Edited Volumes

  • ‘Jurisdictional Immunities of the State in International Law’ in Stephen Allen, Daniel Costelloe, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Paul Gragl, and Edward Guntrip (eds), The Oxford Handbook on Jurisdiction in International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2018) approx. 25 pages.
  • ‘Interne Homogenisierung und externe Desintegration – Dogmatische und theoretische Bemerkungen zum Beitritt der EU zur EMRK nach dem Gutachten 2/13’ in Hans-Peter Folz, Hubert Isak, and Andreas Kumin (eds), Beiträge zum Österreichischen Europarechtstag 2015 (Vienna: Facultas, 2017) 570-580.
  • ‘Of Tangled and Truthful Hierarchies: EU Accession to the ECHR and its Possible Impact on the UK’s Relationship with European Human Rights’ in Katja Ziegler, Elizabeth Wicks, and Loveday Hodson (eds), The UK and Human Rights: A Strained Relationship? (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015) 275-297.
  • ‘Kelsenian Reflections on the Unity of Domestic and International Law: The Practice of Consistent Interpretation of the Court of Justice of the EU’ in Luis I Gordillo (eds), Constitutionalism of European Supranational Courts (Pamplona: Thomson-Reuters Aranzadi, 2015) 137-191.
  • ‘Marine Scientific Research’ in David Attard, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, and N. Martinez (eds), IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law – 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) 396-439.
  • ‘Obsolete Dichotomie? Die Europäische Union zwischen Monismus und Dualismus’ in Wolfgang Benedek, Hans-Peter Folz, Hubert Isak, Matthias C. Kettemann, and Renate Kicker (eds), Bestand und Wandel des Völkerrechts: Beiträge zum 38. Österreichischen Völkerrechtstag 2013 (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014) 229-267.
  • ‘A Reminiscence of Westphalia: Inter-Party Cases After the EU’s Accession to the ECHR and the EU’s Potential as a Human Rights Litigator’ in Tobias Lock, Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Theodore Konstadinides, and Noreen O'Meara (eds), Human Rights Law in Europe: The Influence, Overlaps and Contradictions of the EU and ECHR (London: Routledge, 2013) 35-54.
  • ‘Europäische Jurisdiktionsgrenzen und Dublin II: Straßburgs S.S.-Urteil und dessen Folgen für die Europäische Union’ in Matthias Kettemann (ed), Grenzen im Völkerrecht (Wien: Jan Sramek, 2013) 107-130.

Commentaries

  • ‘Agreement on the Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights’ in Steve Peers, Tamara Hervey, Jeff Kenner, and Angela Ward (eds), The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights A Commentary (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014) 1727-1823.
  • ‘Avotinš v Latvia: An Olive Branch from Strasbourg? Interpreting the ECtHR’s Resurrection of Bosphorus and Reaction to Opinion 2/13 in the Avotiņš Case’ (2017) 13 European Constitutional Law Review, 15 pages.
  • ‘The Right to Secondary Industrial Action under the ECHR and International Human Rights Law’ (2014) 1 Journal of International and Comparative Law 101-110.

Case Notes

  • ‘Avotinš v Latvia: An Olive Branch from Strasbourg? Interpreting the ECtHR’s Resurrection of Bosphorus and Reaction to Opinion 2/13 in the Avotiņš Case’ (2017) 13 European Constitutional Law Review, 15 pages.
  • ‘The Right to Secondary Industrial Action under the ECHR and International Human Rights Law’ (2014) 1 Journal of International and Comparative Law 101-110.

Book Reviews

  • ‘Judith Ellen Sild: Der Beitritt der Europäischen Union zur Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention. Long Walk to Accession oder Die unendliche Geschichte 2.0’, (2016) 71 Zeitschrift für öffentliches Recht 797-800.
  • ‘Geert de Baere and Jan Wouters (eds): The Contribution of International and Supranational Courts to the Rule of Law’, (2016) 18 International Community Law Review 177-180.
  • ‘Maurice Adams, Henri de Waele, Johan Meeusen, and Gert Straetmans (eds): Judging Europe’s Judges’, European Law Blog, 10 December 2013 (http://europeanlawblog.eu/?p=2106).
  • ‘Christopher P. Schmidt: Grund- und Menschenrechte in Europa’, (2014) 51 Common Market Law Review 1025-1028.
  • ‘Jens Meyer-Ladewig: Europäische Menschenrechtskonvention. Handkommentar’ in Wolfgang Benedek, Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Wolfram Karl, and Manfred Nowak (eds), European Yearbook on Human Rights 2012 (Vienna: NWV, 2012).
  • ‘Dirk Ehlers: Europäische Grundrechte und Grundfreiheiten’ Wolfgang Benedek, Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Wolfram Karl, and Manfred Nowak (eds), European Yearbook on Human Rights 2011 (Vienna: NWV, 2011).
  • ‘Giacomo di Federico: The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: From Declaration to Binding Instrument’ Wolfgang Benedek, Florence Benoît-Rohmer, Wolfram Karl, and Manfred Nowak (eds), European Yearbook on Human Rights 2011 (Vienna: NWV, 2011).

 

 

 

Public Engagement

  • Legal Counselling for the British Institute of Human Rights regarding the relationship between the EU and the ECHR upon a potential withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU (‘Brexit’); as of June 2016.
  • Member of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)
  • 11 June 2014 - Presentation on the scope of application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights for judges, lawyers and officials from Austria and Germany; organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA); Trier, Germany
  • 8-9 April 2014 - Presentations on the Role of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and EU Accession to the ECHR for judges and judicial staff from Austria, Croatia, Germany, and Slovenia; organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA); Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Presentation on EU Accession to the ECHR at the University of Liverpool; 25 March 2015 (http://www.liv.ac.uk/law/events/event/67990)

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