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Dr. Petra Sußner

Post-Doc Researcher, TP A: Centering Collectivity. Gender, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identitity as Social Group(s) within European Asylum Law

Chair for Public Law and Gender Theory,  Humbolt University Berlin 

The law is tricky. Violence and agency are inextricably linked, and as a legal gender studies scholar, I focus on law's emancipatory promise. For that purpose, I draw on two approaches: legal doctrine and (queer)feminist critique. In that sense, my work is inter- and transdisciplinary. My overall aim is to  (a) illsutrate how  law itself is inevitably gendered and to (b) open up space for alternative legal reasoning. This research unit is the right place to pursue my aim. 

Main research areas: legal gender studies I refugee and asylum law I environmental law and climate litigation. 

Apart from my academic work, I have been practicising as a human rights lawyer in Vienna.