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Dr Holger Hestermeyer


Dr Holger Hestermeyer’s is the Shell Reader in International Dispute Resolution. Before joining King’s in 2014 he was a Référendaire at the CJEU for Advocate General Cruz Villalón. Prior to that he headed a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, where he had already worked as a senior and junior research fellow for ITLOS judge Professor Wolfrum. He has also worked as a Referendar for criminal and civil court judges in Hamburg, for the task force ICC of the German Foreign Office and an international law firm in Hamburg, Madrid and Alicante.

Dr Hestermeyer has received a doctorate (Hamburg), LLM (Berkeley) and has passed the New York bar exam and the first and second German state examination (Hamm / Hamburg), having studied law at the University of Münster. He was awarded an Otto Hahn Medal, an Otto Hahn Award and the ISUS prize. Holger is a former Fulbright Fellow and German National Merit Foundation Fellow.

Holger has taught in the areas of international and European law in Heidelberg, Münster, Berkeley, and Santiago de Chile. He is the Co-Executive Vice President of the Society of International Economic Law and a former co-director of the Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional. Holger speaks German, Spanish, French and Italian.

Research interests 

Public International Law, European Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property Law.

Selected publications 



  • The First Condition of Progress? Freedom of Speech and the Limits of International Law (with T. Broude), 54 Virginia Journal of International Law 295-321 (2014)
  • The Legality of Local Content Measures under WTO Law (with L. Nielsen), 48 Journal of World Trade 553-591 (2014)
  • The Notion of “Trade-Related” Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights: From World Trade to EU Law – and Back Again, International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 2013, 925-931
  • Verschränkte Verfassungsräume: das Homogenitätsprinzip in Bund und Land, in: Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2011, 127-140.

Book chapters

  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the World Trade Organization: Legal Aspects and Reality, in: Eibe Riedel et al. (eds), Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Contemporary Issues and Challenges, 260-285 (OUP 2014)
  • Staatsvolk and Homogeneity, in: A. Annoni et al. (eds), The Changing Role of Nationality in International Law, 1-13 (Routledge 2013)
  • Reality or Aspiration? Solidarity in International Environmental and World Trade Law, in: H. Hestermeyer et al. (eds), Coexistence, Cooperation and Solidarity: Liber Amicorum Rüdiger Wolfrum, Vol. 1, 45-63 (Martinus Nijhoff 2012)
  • Mercenaries, in: R. Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encycolpedia of Public International Law: Volume VII, 89-98 (OUP 2012)
  • Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), in: R. Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encycolpedia of Public International Law: Volume X, 697-709 (OUP 2012)


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