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Dr Anika Seemann

Dr Anika Seemann

Research Fellow at Max Planck Society

Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik
Amalienstraße 33

Germany 80799


I am a legal academic and historian, with a particular interest in 19th and 20th century Scandinavian history, European constitutional history and the early postwar period in Western Europe. 

In September 2018 I took up a position as research fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich, Germany, where I am working on a research project on pan-Scandinavian social policy cooperation during the interwar period. 

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 1957. 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 demonstrate how 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 (LL.B., 2010) and Humboldt University Berlin (First Legal State Exam, 2011).

Research Interests

  • 20th Century Scandinavian History
  • Legal History
  • Constitutional Law 
  • Law and Social Theory

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