Prof. Dr. Kirk W. Junker

Professional career

Before joining the Law Faculty at the University of Cologne, Prof. Junker was Prof. of Law and Director of International Programs the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, USA.  Earlier, Prof.Junker  held the first cross-border academic position in Ireland by being a full-time faculty member at both Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland and Dublin City University in Ireland.  He was also a member of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Open University in the United Kingdom. Prof. Junker is an Adjunct Professor of Comparative and International Environmental Law to the Law Faculty atSts. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia and Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India.  Prof. Junker is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and before the federal courts of the United States of America. He was litigation counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Fields of research: Comparative Law, Comparative Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Law of the European Union, Law and Science, Law and Rhetoric.

Selected Publications

 “Why Can’t A Duck Sign A Contract? The Failure of Intellectual Property to Protect the Environment,” in Issues in Human Relations and Environmental Philosophy, Sophia  Boudouri and Kostas Kalimtzis (editors), Athens: Ionia Publications (2014). 

“The Limits of Law and the Role of Ἀρετή in the Climate Crisis,” in Issues in Human Relations and Environmental Philosophy, Sophia  Boudouri and Kostas Kalimtzis (editors), Athens: Ionia Publications (2014).

 “A Strong Role for Custom in International Wildlife Litigation,” 17:1-2  Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, Volume 17, Issue 1-2, 2014 pp. 32-61.  

Kirk W. Junker, "Climate Change Action "Got 'tween the Lawful Sheets,"  5 Carbon and Climate Law Review 329 (2011), reprinted in Cultural Legitimacy in Adaptation and Mitigation, Thoko Kaime, editor, Routledge Research in International Environmental Law Series, pages 41-60,  2014.

"A Focus on Comparison in Comparative Law", Duquesne Law Review (2014).

"Das Projekt, formaljuristisches Handeln in gesellschaftliches Handeln für den Klimaschutz zu verwandeln,” Forschung 365, 01:12, pp. 62-63.

‘‘The Progression of the Sustainability Concept in Environmental Law,“ Umwelt und Gesundheit Online (2012) 5, 13-28. http://www.electronic-health-

“Fiddling with Trade as Home Burns,” Kölner Schrift zum Wirtschaftsrecht, 2.12 (2012) pp. 236-244.

“Climate Change Action ‘Got ‘tween the Lawful Sheets,’’’ Carbon & Climate Law Review, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 329-342 (2011).

“Rhetoric Demonstrates the Foundation of Law as Techne, Not Empeiria,” in Philosophy, Art and Technology, K. Boudouris, editor, Ionia Publications, Athens, pp. 99-114 (2011).

“Climate Change at the Edges of Legal Rationality,” in International Law, Conventions and Justice, David A. Frenkel, ed., Athens Institute for Education and Research (2011) pp. 65-80.

“Can the Law Facilitate a Finance Shift from Mitigation to Adaptation?” Kölner Schrift zum Wirtschaftsrecht, 02.10 (2010), 141-144.

“Natural Law and the Globalisation of the Cheap Energy Mind,” in Globalisation—the State and International Law, Stephan Hobe, Ed. (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2009).

“The Inherent Role of Translation in the Macrocomparison of States’ Separation of Powers,” 47 Duquesne Law Review 947 (2009).

Reinhold Zippelius - "Introduction to German Legal Methods", translated from the tenth German edition by Kirk W. Junker and P. Matthew Roy (2008).

"The Working Lawyer as Subject and the Juridical Event, Cardozo Law Review, 29:5, 101-121, (2008).

"What Is Reading in the Practices of Law?" The Journal of Law in Society 9:1, 111-161 (2008).

"And Beyond: Judicial Review in the European Union", 45 Duquesne Law Review 599 (2007).

"Ethical Emissions Trading and the Law", 13 University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law 149 (2006).

"Constitution, in Alternative Perspectives on the Futures of Europe?" Special Issue of Futures, guest editor, 38:1, January, 2006.

"Alternative Perspectives on the Futures of Europe?", Special Issue of Futures, guest editor, 38:1, January, 2006.

"Comparativism and Federalism", 44 Duquesne Law Review 81 (2005).

"Motivation In The Primary Sources Of International Law Known As Custom And General Principle", Philosophy, Competition and the Good Life, vol. II, K. Boudouris, ed. (Athens: Ionia Press) 2005.

"Conventional Wisdom, De-emption, and Uncooperative Federalism in International  Environmental Agreements", 2 Loyola University Chicago International Law Review, 93 (2004-2005).

"Reading Attitude in the Constitutional Wish", 14 University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 1 (2004).

"Making Rights from What's Left of Darwinism", Futures, 36:7, (September 2004).

"Constituting the Future of Europe through a Democracy of Disciplines, Proceedings of the International Symposium", The European Union on the Way to a Constitutionalised Order of States, Roman Herzog and Stephan Hobe, editors (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2004).

Rebecca Verdone and Kirk W. Junker, "The Role of Communication in Patent Issues: Science and Law", in Communicating Science, 2d edition, Eileen Scanlon, editor (Milton Keynes: The Open University Press, 2003).

"Reading Nature Through Culture in Plato and Aristotle's Works on Law", Phronimon (Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities) Volume 1(1) 1999.

Science and the Public, editor (Milton Keynes: The Open University Press, 1998).

"Informing Publics About Ozone Pollution", Science and the Public (Milton Keynes: The Open University Press, 1998).

"Science, Regulation and Standards", Science and the Public (Milton Keynes: The Open University Press, 1998).

Kirk W. Junker and Konrad Ott, "More Than Just Doing What's Right: Ethics in Science", Science and the Public (Milton Keynes: The Open University Press, 1998).

John Lemons and Kirk Junker, "The Role of Science and Law in the Protection of National Park Resources", National Parks and Protected Areas:  Their Role in Environmental Protection, R. G. Wright, ed. (Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Science, 1996).

Consultation hours:

thursdays , 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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