Jessica Klüger, LL.M.

Jessica Klüger is a Research Associate in the MeDiMi project “Who is Empowered by Strasbourg? Migrants and States before the ECtHR”. She is a PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Justus Liebig University Giessen (co-tutelle). In her research, she addresses the litigation of governments at the European Convention System concerning the two sole rights exclusively designed to protect migrants, both from expulsion practices. She aims to investigate to what extent governments shape the jurisprudence of these case laws over time with the aim of advancing their long-term interests in determining who can enter and remain in their country. Jessica Klüger has studied Law in Brazil. After completing a Bachelor of Laws at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, she worked as a lawyer for law firms and non-governmental organizations. In 2020, she published her first scientific article “New Refuge: Prima Facie Recognition as an Instrument of Transformation. Brazil Venezuela Case”. She was awarded two full scholarships for a Master of Laws in the Netherlands. She decided to pursue the master’s program on Public International Law with a specialization in human rights at Utrecht University. Her master thesis addressed the topic of “Pushback Practices at the European Borders. Procedural Instruments of the European Court of Human Rights to Addressing Wrongful Policies”. In 2023, she published an article entitled “Carving out a Right to Expel at the ECtHR”. She was also a lecturer for the Bachelor course “Fundamental Rights in Europe”. Within MeDiMi, she is involved as a representative of the Research Associates in the Steering Committee and assisted in establishing the Working Group “Human Rights Discourse in Migration Societies” at the Giessen Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Business, Economics and Law (GGS). Her research interests lie in human rights, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as migration and refugee law.