Prof. Dr. Kirk W. Junker

Professional career

Before teaching on the Law Faculty of the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA, Professor Junker was a member of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Open University in the United Kingdom. Additionally, he 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. Professor Junker licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and before the federal courts of the United States of America. In legal practice, he was litigation counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.

Fields of research: American Law, International Law, International Environmental Law, Law of the European Union, Law and Science, Law and Rhetoric.

Selected Publications

"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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