Veronika Fikfak

Veronika Fikfak

Associate Professor

Veronika Fikfak is an Associate Professor in Human Rights Law at the Centre of Excellence, iCourts at the University of Copenhagen. She previously taught at the University of Cambridge as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer. Prior to this, Dr Fikfak worked at the European Court of Human Rights, the International Court of Justice, at UNESCO and at the Law Commission for England and Wales. She holds a Magister Juris, M.Phil and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. 

Veronika’s research interests are in the fields of public law, human rights and international law. Her research on damages for human rights violations was funded by the UK’s ESRC Future Research Leaders Grant and the British Academy. She has published articles in the European Journal of International Law, the Leiden International Law Journal, the Cambridge Law Journal and Law Quarterly Review, amongst others. She has also co-authored a book Parliament’s Secret War (Hart 2018) on international law’s influence on UK Parliament’s decisions to go to war. 

She is currently in charge of a five-year project funded by the ERC called Human Rights Nudge, which looks at the impact of different remedies on states’ human rights compliance practices. She is a Senior Humboldt Fellow at the Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Hamburg, co-founder of the ESIL Interest Group on Social Sciences and International Law, co-convenor of the ESIL Interest Group on Courts and Tribunals and a member of the editorial board of the book series Elgar International Law Series and the Cambridge Journal of International Law

For more information on Veronika's ERC project and opportunities for collaboration, please visit


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Changing State Behaviour: Damages before the European Court of Human Rights

    Fikfak, Veronika, 2019, In: European Journal of International Law. 29, 4, p. 1091-1125 35 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Non-pecuniary damages before the European Court of Human Rights: Forget the victim; It's all about the state

    Fikfak, Veronika, 2020, In: Leiden Journal of International Law. 33, 2, p. 335-369 35 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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