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Anika Seemann LL.M. (Cantab)

Anika Seemann, LL.M. (Cantab)

Doctoral Candidate

Corpus Christi College
Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1RH


I am a legal academic and historian, with a particular interest in European Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Labour Law, Scandinavian Law and Legal History. 

In September 2018 I took up a postdoctoral position at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich, Germany. My postdoctoral work will focus on questions of 'adaptability' in Scandinavian social and employment law, looking in particular at how the distinct historic development of the 'Nordic Model' equips it for present-day changes and challenges in the labour market triggered by technologisation and digitalisation.  

My doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Sir Christopher Clark, is a history of the treatment of wartime collaborators in the Norwegian legal system between 1945 and 1952. It looks at these so-called 'treason trials' from a legislative perspective and analyses their role at the intersection of law, politics and memory. It focuses in particular on the underlying rationales for the trials, how these changed over time, and what different agents influenced the process. I argue that the ultimate scope and nature of the trials was the result of a complex interaction between legal and institutional constraints, political and economic pragmatism and the ever-changing meaning of the trials in wider society. 

My postgraduate work has been funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, the Cambridge Members Trust Fund, the Prince Consort Fund, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and the FAZIT-STIFTUNG. 

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, specialising in particular on Scandinavian regulatory and antitrust law. I have also worked as a researcher 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 European Union Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. Prior to that, I completed a double-degree in law at King's College London (LLB (First Class), 2010) and Humboldt University Berlin (First Legal State Exam, 2011).

Research Interests

  • Post-1945 Scandinavian History
  • Legal History
  • Constitutional Law
  • EU and Comparative Law
  • History of Labour Law

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