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Research interests

Public International Law (particularly International Economic Law, International Dispute Resolution, Human Rights), European Union Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Technology and IP Law

Biographical details

Dr Holger Hestermeyer’s is the Shell Reader in International Dispute Resolution at King's College London. Currently he is a Mid-Career Fellow of the British Academy, a Senior Research Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute and a Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg.

Holger consults and researches in the fields of international law, European law, constitutional and public law. He currently serves as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords EU Select Committee and in the past has served as specialist adviser to the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, has worked as a legal consultant for the German Foreign Office and as expert for a constitution project for Sudan. Holger has been asked to share his expertise with the House of Commons Trade Bill Committee and the House of Commons Brexit Committee.

Holger was a Co-Executive Vice President of the Society of International Economic Law, Co-Convenor of the Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals of the European Society of International Law and currently serves as Co-Convenor of the Interest Group on International Economic Law of the same society. 

Before joining King’s in 2014, Holger was a Référendaire at the CJEU, headed a research group and worked as a junior and senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law. He has worked as a Referendar for criminal and civil court judges in Hamburg, for the task force ICC of the German Foreign Office and an international law firm in Hamburg, Madrid and Alicante. He has taught and done research in London, Heidelberg, Berkeley, Ferrara, Florence, Münster, Mexico DF and Santiago de Chile. His research was awarded an Otto Hahn Medal, an Otto Hahn Award and the ISUS prize. Dr. Hestermeyer is a former Fulbright Fellow and German National Merit Foundation Fellow. He speaks German, Spanish, French and Italian. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Laws, Univ Hamburg, Hamburg

Award Date: 1 Feb 2006

Master of Laws, University of California, Berkeley

Award Date: 19 May 2001

Bachelor of Laws, LL.B. equivalent (1. Staatsexamen, OLG Hamm), University of Münster

Award Date: 17 Jan 2000


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