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Dr. P.P. (Pola) Cebulak

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies

  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • 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. 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.

  • Research Interests

    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.
  • Selected Publications


  • Publicaties


    • Cebulak, P. P., & Caserta, S. (2021). RESILIENCE TECHNIQUES OF INTERNATIONAL COURTS IN TIMES OF RESISTANCE TO INTERNATIONAL LAW. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 70(3), 737.


    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744552318000071 [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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744552318000034 [details]



    • Cebulak, P. P. (Author), & Morvillo, M. (Author). (2021). The Guardian is Absent: Legality of Border Controls within Schengen before the European Court of Justice . Web publication/site, Verfassungsblog. https://verfassungsblog.de/the-guardian-is-absent/



    • Cebulak, P. (editor) (2019-2022). Voelkerrechtsblog (Journal).


    • Cebulak, P. (speaker) (27-2-2020). Narrow Authority of the Court of Justice of the EU on the democratic backsliding in Poland and Hungary, City University London.
    • Cebulak, P. (speaker) (12-9-2019). Possible judicial responses to the EU-Morocco Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement, 2019 Annual Conference European Society of International Law, Sovereignty: A Concept in Flux?, Athens.
    • Cebulak, P. (speaker) (20-6-2019). Legislative Overruling in EU External Relations, 26th International Conference of European Studies, Madrid, Madrid.
    • Cebulak, P. (speaker) (28-5-2019). Resilience Techniques of Regional Economic Courts, Law & Society Annual Conference 2019, Washington DC.
    • Cebulak, P. (speaker) (20-5-2019). Power of International Courts, iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law.
    • Cebulak, P. (speaker) (7-2-2019). EU Framing Power on Democratic Values, GEM Stones Annual Conference, Brussels.


    • Cebulak, P. (participant) (6-5-2019). Punitive Democratization. Protecting democracy through sanctions in Europe and the global South, Amsterdam. https://www.spui25.nl/spui25-en/events/events/2019/05/punitive-democratization.html (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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