Dr. Sofiya Kartalova


Main Focus

Sofiya Kartalova has experience conducting interdisciplinary research in the area of EU constitutional law, with a particular focus on ambiguity found in key EU Treaty provisions and leading CJEU preliminary rulings in the area of fundamental rights, freedom of movement, and EU citizenship. Her current research interests include the EU rule of law crisis and intelligence information sharing at EU level, as viewed from the interdisciplinary perspective of trust.

Curriculum Vitae

  • December 2020 – to date: Researcher at the Department of Public Law at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law
  • July 2020: successfully defended PhD thesis “The Strategic Value of Ambiguity for the Authority of EU Law in the Dialogue between the Court of Justice of the European Union and the National Courts” (Overall grade: magna cum laude – sehr gut) at the Faculty of Law, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • September 2016 – February 2020: Research Assistant and PhD Student at Research Training Group 1808: Ambiguity – Production and Perception at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • 2014 – 2015: LLM in Professional Legal Practice (Flex) at BPP University (Holborn), London, United Kingdom
  • July 2014: Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, the United Kingdom
  • 2012 – 2013 (Graduated: 2014): Bar Professional Training Course at BPP University (Holborn), London, United Kingdom
  • 2010 – 2011: Erasmus exchange programme at Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2009 – 2012: LLB European Law at Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom


Intelligence Information Sharing

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