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Dr. P.P. (Pola) Cebulak

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
Postal address
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
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  • Bio

    Pola is a Assistant Professor in European Law at the European Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). During her employment at the UvA she has been a fellow in the Re:constitution Program (Exchange and analysis on Democracy and Rule of Law in Europe, 2020-21) and Emile Noel Fellow at the New York University School of Law (2021-22). Previously, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at iCourts – the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (2016-2018), as a Lecturer of EU law (2015/16) at the University of Geneva and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Public International and European Law at the University of Fribourg (CH) (2014/15). She holds a double doctoral degree (2010-2014) from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Institute for European Studies) and the University of Geneva (Global Studies Institute). She benefited from a fellowship of the European Commission awarded within the framework of the GEM PhD School - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism (2010-2013). Pola spent the autumn semester 2012 as a visiting scholar at Boston University (Centre for the Study of Europe). She graduated from the Humboldt University in Berlin (2005-2010) with a German “Staatsexamen”, where she also followed the School of Polish Law (2006-2009). During her exchange year at King’s College London (2007-2008) she specialized in European and Human Rights Law. Her experience includes an administrative traineeship at the Court of Justice of the EU as well as summer internships at the Polish Embassy in Berlin and Clifford Chance LLP. Pola speaks fluent German, English, French and Polish.

  • Activities at the University of Amsterdam

    Pola’s particular interest lies in research on the normative underpinnings and the theoretical narrative that could frame the external dimension of judicial authority and legitimacy. In her doctoral dissertation entitled “Judicial Activism of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in a Pluralist Architecture of Global Law”, Pola was examining the internal and external factors channeling judicial activism of the CJEU in the domain of EU external relations.  She has been presenting and publishing in English, French, German and Polish on a wide range of topics going also beyond European integration, including in particular:

    • international human rights law,
    • judicial politics,
    • global constitutionalism,
    • national constitutional courts in the EU,
    • comparative regionalism.


    Pola has developed and taught a variety of courses on European and international law. Thos include both specialized courses, such as International and European Human Rights Law, EU International Relations Law/ EU External Relations and Enlargement, The Role of the Court of Justice of the EU in European Integration, Federlism and Separation of Powers in the EU, as well as general introduction courses on European Union law and policy. She has completed the Universty Teaching Qualification.

    At the University of Amsterdam, Pola serves as the coordinator of the BA Theses in European Studies. She has also served as the coordinator of the English-speaking bachelor degree in European Studies (2020-21) and the law major in the European Studies BA (2018-2021). In those capacities, she has developed new grading rubrics, coordinated teaching and examination plans as well as set up promotional activities.

    Pola is a member of the board of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES) and an active member of Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES), where she has also served as the coordinator of the "Europe in the World" theme.

  • Selected Publications


  • Publications




    • Caserta, S., & Cebulak, P. (2018). The limits of international adjudication: authority and resistance of regional economic courts in times of crisis. International Journal of Law in Context, 14(2), 275-293. [details]
    • Cebulak, P. (2018). Multi-speed Europe and Political Polarization: Europe’s New and Old Challenges. EU-topias, 16, 97-100. [details]
    • Rask Madsen, M., Cebulak, P., & Wiebusch, M. (2018). Backlash against international courts: explaining the forms and patterns of resistance to international courts. International Journal of Law in Context, 14(2), 197-220. [details]



    • Cebulak, P. P. (Author), & Morvillo, M. (Author). (2022). Schengen Restored. The CJEU Sets Clear Limits to the Reintroduction of Internal Border Controls. Web publication or website, Verfassungsblog.



    Media appearance

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    • Cebulak, P. (consultant) (28-10-2021). Europe of Values, Europe of Values 3, Brussels (consultancy).
    • Cebulak, P. (participant) (6-5-2019). Punitive Democratization. Protecting democracy through sanctions in Europe and the global South, Amsterdam. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Cebulak, P. (participant) (21-2-2019). CEPS Ideas Lab 2019, Brusselsk. Policy Forum of the biggest EU think tank (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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