Melanie Fink is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Europa Institute of Leiden University. She holds a PhD from the Universities of Leiden and Vienna (2017, ‘cotutelle de thèse’) and a Masters degree in law from the University of Vienna (Mag.iur. 2010). In her PhD thesis, she examined the legal responsibility for human rights violations that may occur in the context of border control or return operations coordinated by the EU agency Frontex. The study was conducted in two parts, analysing responsibility under international and ECHR law on the one hand and non-contractual liability under EU law on the other.
Melanie’s research interests include the law of international responsibility, EU public liability law, the legal nature and role of EU agencies, the protection and enforcement of human rights in international and EU law, and the EU’s role in migration, border control, and maritime law enforcement. She regularly provides expert advice to Non-Governmental Organisation, International Organisations, and EU bodies in her areas of specialisation, in particular the human rights of irregular migrants and questions of responsibility in multi-level and multi-actor contexts.
Before joining the Europa Institute, Melanie was a Lecturer and PhD Researcher at the Department for European, International and Comparative Law of the University of Vienna (03/2011 to 08/2013). From October 2014 to April 2015, she carried out parts of her research on the law of international responsibility at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge.