Last modified: April 9, 2018

Tanja Marielle Herklotz, LLM


Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law


Postal Address

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht und Rechtsvergleichung
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin



Altes Palais, Raum 419
Unter den Linden 9, Berlin-Mitte



+49 (0) 30 2093-3459


Fields of Interest

Comparative Constitutional Law, India, Gender, Legal Pluralism, Public Interest Litigation, Social Movements


Short Bio


Since 01/2015

Researcher at the Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law


Seit 10/2013

PhD Project on "Feminist Legal Activism in India"

Holder of the Elsa Neumann Scholarship

Research stays in India (Delhi and Mumbai) in 2014, 2015 and 2016




Researcher at the Associate Professorship in Constitutional and Administrative Law including Public Law in an International Context, Freie Universität Berlin





LLM School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

11/ 2011

First State Examination

Specialisation: International Law, EU Law and Comparative Law




Studies of Law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Bologna and Münster

Foreign Law Programme: Derecho Español






Tanja Herklotz. Feminist Dilemmas: The Challenges in Accommodating Women’s Rights within Religion-Based Family Law in India. Rapoport Center Human Rights Working Paper Series 2/2018

Winner of the third place in the the 2017 Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights (available here)


Tanja Herklotz. Law, Religion and Gender Equality: Literature on the Indian Personal Law System from a Women's Rights Perspective, Indian Law Review 2018.

Winner of the Indian Law Review Literature Review Prize 2017 (available here)


Philipp Dann, Maxim Bönnemann, Tanja Herklotz. Of Apples and Mangoes: Comparing the European Union and India, in: M.P. Singh (ed) Indian Yearbook of Comparative Law 2016, S. 3 - 20, Oxford University Press 2017 (available here).


Tanja Herklotz / Sarah Holz. Law In Context: Case Studies fom India. Südasien-Chronik, Band 6 (2016), S. 3-10 (available here)


Tanja Herklotz. Dead Letters? The Uniform Civil Code through the Eyes of the Indian Women's Movement and the Indian Supreme Court, VRÜ 49 (2016), S. 148-174 (available here)


Tanja Herklotz. Religion-Based Personal Laws in India from a Women's Rights Perspective: Context and Some Recent Publications, Südasien-Chronik, Band 5 (2015), S. 370-399 (available here)



Case Notes:


Tanja Herklotz. Shayara Bano versus Union of India and Others. The Indian Supreme Court's Ban of Triple Talaq and the Debate around Muslim Personal Law and Gender Justice, VRÜ 50 (2017), Heft 3, S. 200-311 (available here)



Book Reviews:


Tanja Herklotz. Mengia Hong Tschalaer, Muslim Women's Quest for Justice: Gender, Law and Activism in India, VRÜ 50 (2017), Heft 3, S.  316-320 (available here)


Tanja Herklotz. Srimati Basu, The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India, South Asia Research Vol. 37(3): 339-343 (available here)


Tanja Herklotz. Alamgir Mihammad Serajuddid, Cases on Muslim Law of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, VRÜ 50 (2017), Heft 1, S. 87-91 (available here)


Tanja Herklotz. Amy Young Evrard, The Moroccan Women's Rights Movement, VRÜ, 49 (2016), Heft 4, S. 431 - 435 (available here




Arbeitsgemeinschaft Grundrechte: Summer Term 2018


Arbeitsgemeinschaft Staatsorganisationsrecht: Winter Term 2017-18


Q-Team Seminar Legal Pluralism and Gender in India: Summer Term 2017


Arbeitsgemeinschaft Staatsorganisationsrecht: Winter Term 2016-17




Litigating for Gender Justice: The Impact of the Indian Women's Movement on the Indian Higher Judiciary, 7th ECPR Summer School on Interest Groups, Juli 2016, Universität Kopenhagen


Dead Letters? The Uniform Civil Code for India - Two Perspectives, International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, Dezember 2015, Mumbai


The "Other" Legislator: How the Indian Higher Judiciary Shapes Religious Personal Laws to Provide for Gender-Justice, PHD Workshop, Novemer 2015, Universität Lausanne


The Tools for Social Change: Perceptions of the Law by the Indian Women‘s Movement, 3. Kongress der deutschsprachigen Rechtssoziologie-Vereinigungen, September 2015, HU Berlin


Religious Personal Laws, the Women's Movement and the Higher Judiciary in India, Tagung des Arbeitskreises Überseeische Verfassungsvergleichung, Juli 2015, Potsdam


Religion vs. Women's Rights? An Analysis of Feminist Perspectives on the Personal Laws and the Uniform Civil Code in India, Internationaler Dokotrandenworkshop zu aktuellen Entwicklungen in Südasien, Universität Lund