Karolina Podstawa

Fellow 2022/2023

▌▌▌Lecturer at the University of Maastricht.
▌▌▌PhD and and LLM and MAs from the European University Institute.

Karolina Podstawa is a Lecturer in the Department of European and International Law of the University of Maastricht. Since September 2019 she has also joined Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity.

Currently, she represents the UM in the project TRIIAL: TRust, Independence, Impartiality and Accountability of judges focused on the identification of best practices in cooperation between judges across the European Union geared towards safeguarding judicial independence, impartiality and accountability. The project started in January 2020 and will continue until June 2022.

Prior to the appointment, she acted as a part-time Assistant Professor at the University of Łódź (Poland) as well as the Senior Researcher at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC, Venice). She contributed to a series of projects dealing with the EU internal and external human rights polices, in particular: FRAME, ACTIONES, JUDCOOP, e-NACT. In the framework of the latter, she coordinated efforts to elaborate online training tools hosted by Global Campus of Human Rights.

She holds a PhD from the European University Institute and MAs in Law and Administration (2008), English Language and Literature (2009) from the University of Łódź, Poland as well as the LLM from the EUI (2009).

She acted as a project manager for the EUI based Centre for Judicial Cooperation where she dealt with and contributed substantively both to internally and externally funded projects. Within this framework she organized and conducted training activities for judges collaborating widely with international judicial organizations and national judicial entities.

Previously, as an in-house lawyer she dealt with liberalization of the Polish telecommunications market and more recently she served in the Office of Personal Data Protection Authority in Poland (GIODO).

The following belong to her expertise and research interests:

  • the law of the external relations of the European Union, in particular, the policy and the tools of external human rights promotion and upholding,
  • internal fundamental rights protection policy of the European Union, application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights as well as resulting relationship between the multi-level human rights protection systtem, and the resulting co-operation between executive and juridical branches of MS,
  • data protection,
  • judicial co-operation and dialogue,
  • and, most recently, the role of the Internet Service Providers in fundamental rights protection.
  • University of Maastricht