Paulina Starski is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg as well as a postdoctoral fellow at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. She holds degrees from Bucerius – LL.B. as well as Ph.D. (summa cum laude) ‒ and conducted a part of her law studies at the University of Sydney Law School as a grant recipient of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). Her Ph.D. on the “Interfederal Administrative Act” (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) focuses on constitutional and administrative challenges of German federalism viewed from a comparative perspective and was funded inter alia by the Friedrich Naumann and the FAZIT Foundation. She passed her First and Second State Examination in law ‒ both with high distinction ‒ at the Hanseatic Higher Court of Appeals in Hamburg and was admitted to the bar in 2013. During her judicial clerkship (Referendariat) she worked at various courts in Hamburg (Civil and Criminal Court of Appeals, Administrative Court) and – amongst others – the law firm Freshfields in its Hamburg and New York office advising on a wide range of international disputes.
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