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Anika Seemann

Anika Seemann

Doctoral Candidate

Corpus Christi College
Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1RH


My thesis is a history of the trials of wartime collaborators (Landssvikoppgjøret) in Norway between 1945 and 1952, and their role at the intersection of transitional politics and public memory. I focus in particular on the public resonance of the trials and analyse them as a political event that shaped power relations, framed national discourses, and informed memory in Norwegian postwar society. I have been awarded the Cambridge European Scholarship 2014-17 by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust as well as the School-Faculty Award by the Faculty of History to fund my studies. I have also been awarded a Prince Consort Studentship from the Faculty of History. 

Before embarking on my PhD in October 2014, I spent two years working as a legal researcher at the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Berlin. I have also worked as a researcher for the German Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED-Dictatorship (Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur), and as a research student at the German Bundestag and Humboldt University, Berlin. 

In 2012, I graduated from the University of Cambridge with an LL.M. (Master of Laws), with a main focus on Jurisprudence, European Union Law and Constitutional Law. Prior to that, I completed a double-degree in law at King's College London (Bachelor of Laws (LLB), 2010) and Humboldt University Berlin (First Legal State Exam, 2011). 

My studies have been funded by the Jeff Price Memorial Bursary and the King's College London School of Law. Furthermore, I have won several prizes for academic performance, including the Harold Potter Memorial Prize (for highest average in year II of the LLB), the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Award (for highest average in the Law with German Law LLB degree), as well as the Humboldt University Prize 2011 (for highest average in the University Specialisation on Common Law). 

Research Interests

  • Post-1945 Scandinavian and German History
  • Collaboration and Resistance in Norway and Denmark in WWII
  • Memory Politics
  • War Crimes Trials
  • Transitional Justice
  • Law and Politics

Research Supervision

Professor Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

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