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Frau PD Dr. Fatima Kastner

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Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Fatima Kastner is professor for Theories of Globalization and Digital Transformation at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany.

Having studied law, philosophy, and social sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Collège International de Philosophie (CIPh) in Paris, she holds a Master and a Doctoral degree from the Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main as well as a Habilitation from Bielefeld University.

Before joining the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Fatima Kastner held the position of a research fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and worked as an associate professor at the universities of Hamburg and Bonn. Since 2010 she is a member of the Institute for World Society Studies at Bielefeld University.

Since 2014 she is an Ambassador for Science and Culture at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) in Germany. At present time she is head of the steering committee of the German Section of Legal Sociology of the German Association of Sociology (DGS) and board member of several other national as well as international scientific associations. She is commissioned as reviewer for high standing scientific journals, publishing houses and academic organizations.

Fatima Kastner received several prizes, research grants and scholarships from the Hessian Academic Scholarship Foundation, the German Research Organization (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Quite recently she was awarded the Adam Podgorecki Prize by the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RCSL) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) in the category “outstanding achievements in socio-legal research”.

Main Research Fields:

Theories of Globalization
Sociology of Law and Global Constitutionalism
Theory of World Society and World Culture
Transitional Justice and Human Rights
Digital Society and Robot Law

Selected Publications


Transitional Justice in der Weltgesellschaft. Hamburg: Hamburger Edition 2015.

From Globalization to World Society. Neo-Institutional and Systems-Theoretical Perspectives. New York: Routledge 2015 (conjointly with Boris Holzer and Tobias Werron).

Niklas Luhmann. Law as a Social System. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2008 (conjointly with Richard Nobles, David Schiff and Rosamund Ziegert).

Academia in Transformation. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag 2018 (conjointly with Sarhan Dhouib, Florian Kohstall and Carola Richter).


Haben Roboter Rechte?
Konstruktionen von Individualität und Personalität in der digitalen Gesellschaft. In: Eric Hilgendorf und Benno Zabel (Hrsg.), Die Idee subjektiver Rechte. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2018 (in print).

The New Global Legal Regime of Transitional Justice: On the Worldwide Diffusion of Norms, Standards and Institutions of Post-Conflict Justice in World Society. In: Nina Schneider (Hrsg.), The Brazilian National Truth Commission in the Context of Latin America: Local, National and Global Perspectives. New York: Routledge 2018 (in print).

Soziologie der Menschenrechte: Zur Universalisierung von Unrechtserfahrungen in der Weltgesellschaft. In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Jg. 42, Heft 3. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag 2017, pp. 217-236.

Weltkultur der Versöhnung: Zur Ausbreitung vergangenheitspolitischer Normen, Standards und Institutionen von Transitional Justice in der Weltgesellschaft. In: Claudia Fröhlich and Harald Schmid (Ed.), Jahrbuch für Politik und Geschichte Band 6. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag 2016, pp. 47-59.

Transitional Justice: Von der normativen Ausnahme zur weltpolitischen Regel. In: Klaus Ebeling et al (Ed.), Handbuch Friedensethik, Stuttgart: Springer Verlag 2016, pp. 893-902.

Lex Transitus: Zur Emergenz eines globalen Rechtsregimes von Transitional Justice in der Weltgesellschaft. In: Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie Band 36 (2015), Heft 1, pp. 29-47.

Globale Dissensformel: Zur politischen Macht der Menschenrechte aus weltgesellschaftlicher Perspektive. In: Erwägen, Wissen, Ethik. Forum für Erwägungskultur – Forum for Deliberative Culture, Jg. 24 (2013), Heft 2, pp. 230-233.

Retributive versus restaurative Gerechtigkeit. Zur transnationalen Diffusion von Wahrheits- und Versöhnungskommissionen in der Weltgesellschaft. In: Regina Kreide and Andreas Niederberger (Ed.), Staatliche Souveränität und transnationales Recht. München: Hampp Verlag 2010, pp. 194-211.

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