Dr Nora Stappert

Dr Nora Stappert


I joined POLIS in January 2020. Before coming to Leeds, I have been a Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for International Courts (iCourts) at Copenhagen’s Faculty of Law. In addition, I have been a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Global Studies at Gothenburg University, where I worked on a research programme on Legitimacy in Global Governance, a collaboration between the universities of Stockholm, Lund, and Gothenburg. In 2017, I completed my doctorate (DPhil) in International Relations at the University of Oxford, Pembroke College, and the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program at Yale Law School in 2013. Furthermore, I hold a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Relations from the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College (2011).


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Research interests

My research is situated at the intersection between International Relations and International Law. Specifically, my research focuses on legal interpretation, IR’s practice turn, and legitimacy and legitimation in global governance. I currently work on a research project called “Judges, Lawyers, and the Practices of Interpretation in International Criminal Law.” The project investigates the broader relevance of the decisions of international criminal courts and tribunals in global governance, and has previously received funding by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie action, Individual Fellowship).

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  • 2017: Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in International Relations, University of Oxford
  • 2013: Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.), Yale Law School
  • 2011: Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in International Relations, University of Oxford
  • 2009: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Politics and Law, University of Münster