Dr Kathrin Maria Scherr

Managing Director
Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Operations
Head of Jordan Project

Kathrin Scherr

Project Activities

Mali, Somalia, South Sudan and Jordan

Other Activities and Research Interests

Public International Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Transitional Justice, Rule of Law and State-Building in Post-Conflict States, International Human Rights Law

Professional Background

Since 10/2018 Managing Director, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

Since 1/2013 Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Operations, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

1/2012–2/2012 United Nations Joint Constitution Unit for Somalia, UNDP Somalia/UNPOS, Nairobi (Kenya): Seconded Legal Expert

2/2010–12/2012 Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Global Knowledge Transfer Projects, Heidelberg (Germany): Senior Research Fellow & Deputy Head of Africa Projects

3/2009–6/2009 Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Strasbourg (France): Legal Expert

5/2008–1/2009 Court of Justice of the European Union/Civil Service Tribunal of the European Union, Cabinet of Judge Koen Lenaerts & Judge Horstpeter Kreppel, Luxembourg (Luxembourg): Apprentice Lawyer

9/2005–4/2007 European University Institute (EUI), Florence (Italy): Teaching and Research Assistant

5/2003–8/2004 The World Bank, Washington DC (USA): Consultant

– Legal Vice-Presidency Unit, Europe and Central Asia (ECA)
– Financial and Private Sector Development Unit: Eastern Europe and Central Asia
– Policy Review and Dissemination Unit (OPCPD) & Operations Policy and Country Services (OPCS)

Academic Background

10/2004–8/2008 Doctor of Laws (PhD), European University Institute (EUI), Florence (Italy): Thesis on “The Principle of State Liability for Judicial Breaches under EC Law and from a Comparative National Law Perspective” (awarded Mauro Cappelletti Prize 2009)

10/2004–7/2005 Master of Research (MRes) in European, Comparative and International Law, European University Institute (EUI), Florence (Italy)

9/2001–5/2003 Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations and International Economics (awarded with distinction); Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Bologna (Italy) & Washington DC (USA)

9/1997–6/2001 Advanced diploma in EU Law and French, Karl-Franzens-University, Faculty of Law & Faculty of Arts and Humanities / Department of Romance Studies, Graz (Austria)

9/1999–8/2000 Licence en Droit, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Faculty of Law, Brest (France)

9/1996–8/2001 University Degree in Law (Mag. iur.), Karl-Franzens-University; Faculty of Law, Graz (Austria)

  • Assessing Progress in the Implementation of Zimbabwe’s New Constitution. National, Regional and Global Perspectives, Law and Constitution in Africa, Vol. 32, Nomos, Baden-Baden 2017 (edited together with Oliver C. Ruppel, Alexander D. Berndt)
  • Of Justice, Accountability, and Reconciliation: Preliminary Stocktaking on Transitional Justice Efforts in South Sudan. In: Cante, F. & Quehl, H. (eds), Handbook of Research on Transitional Justice and Peace Building in Turbulent Regions. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2016, pp. 158-180. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9675-4. Link
  • Challenges Regarding Capacity Building to Promote and Protect Human Rights in South Sudan. In: Publications of the EU Parliament, Directorate General for External Policies, Policy Department, Workshop on Human Rights Capacity Building in South Sudan, (EXPO/B/DROI/2013/08+09), March 2013, pp. 12-17. Document
  • Legal Implications of Sudan’s Separation. The Question of Citizenship. In: Heinrich Böll Foundation, Publication Series Democracy, Volume 28, 2012, pp. 100-103. Link
  • Comparative Aspects of the Application of the Principle of State Liability for Judicial Breaches. In: ERA Forum, Springer, Band 12, Nr. 4, 2012, pp. 565-588. Further Information
  • The Principle of State Liability for Judicial Breaches: The Case Gerhard Köbler v. Austria under European Community Law and from a Comparative National Law Perspective; Florence, European University Institute, 2008, EUI PhD theses; Department of Law URI: Link; DOI: 10.2870/22523
  • Public Liability for Administrative Acts under French Law. In: European Public Law, Band 14, Nr. 2, 2008, pp. 213-236.
  • The Rule of Prior Exhaustion of Local Remedies in the Context of Human Rights Protection, (co-authored with Silvia D’Ascoli). In: The Italian Yearbook of International Law, Band 16, 2006, Further Information
  • The Concept of Administrative Self-Remedy under EC Law. Case Law and Related Questions. In: Ziller, Jacques (Hrsg.): What’s New in European Administrative Law? EUI Working Paper Law, Nr. 10, 2005, pp. 51-56. Link


Participation in Conferences and Seminars
  • Antonio Cassese Summer School on Transitional Justice, Conflict and Human Rights, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, 6–10 July 2015, Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Symposium on Demilitarization, Demobilisation and Integration, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, 27–29 Apr. 2015, Hamburg (Germany)
  • Lecturer at “United Nations Peacekeeping Operations” (LGAN) Training, German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (FüAkBw), 13–31 Oct. 2014, Hamburg (Germany)
  • “Constitution-building in Africa”, CEU Summer Course organized in cooperation with International IDEA & Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Central European University, 30 June–11 July 2014, Budapest (Hungary)
  • “Conference on Realistic Peace and Turbulent Transitions”, Universidad del Rosario, 27–31 May 2014, Bogotá (Colombia)
  • “Iraq: Ten Years On – Stocktaking and Perspectives”, Salahaddin University, 9–12 Dec. 2013, Erbil (Iraq)
  • Training for International Electoral Observers (STOs/LTOs) at European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), 28 Nov.–4 Dec. 2013, Venice (Italy)
  • “South Sudan: Enhancing Capacities for Human Rights”, European Parliament, Subcommittee on Human Rights, DG EXPO, 19 Mar. 2013, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Conference on “Transitional Justice”, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, 13–14 Mar. 2013, Hamburg (Germany)
  • Civil Society Conference on the Somali Roadmap for Transition, 23–26 Mar. 2012, Entebbe (Uganda)
  • “Constitutional Expert Forum” on Options for a New Constitution for Somalia, Conference organized by the UNDP Somalia/UNPOS Joint Constitution Unit, 7–11 Jan. 2012 (Djibouti)
  • Judicial Reform Conference, organized by the Ministry of Justice of Somaliland in collaboration with UNDP, 14–16 June 2011, Hargeisa (Somaliland)
  • High-level Workshop on Constitutional Perspectives for South Sudan, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, 8–11 Mar. 2011, Heidelberg (Germany)
  • “Continuities, Dislocations and Transformations: Reflections on 50 Years of African Independence”, Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 7–10 Apr. 2010, Mainz (Germany)
  • Winner of the Mauro Cappelletti Prize 2009 for the best doctoral thesis in the field of comparative law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2009)
  • Fully funded PhD Award, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2004–2008)
  • Financial Scholarship for Academic Achievement from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC (2002)
  • Academic Award as one of the “Top 20 Law Graduates in 2001”, Karl-Franzens-University, Faculty of Law, Graz, Austria (2001)
  • African Law Association