Last modified: February 14, 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

Research Interests

Comparative Constitutional Law, India, law and gender, legal pluralism, public interest litigation


My PhD Project deals with the interaction of the Indian women's movement and Indian courts. It is located at the interface between law, gender studies and South Asian studies and also takes social movement studies into account. As a part of my PhD project I have spent several months in India for research and in order to pursue interviews with Indian women's rights activists. 


Short Bio


Since 01/2015

Research assistant at the Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin     



Since 10/2013

PhD Project on "Women's Rights Activism and the Supreme Court in India"

Funded by the Elsa Neumann Scholarship of the state of Berlin

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




Research assistant, Constitutional and Administrative Law including Public Law in an International Context, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin





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

11/ 2011

First state examination, specialisation in International law, Comparative Law and EU Law




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





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) 3: 200-311 (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: 3 - 20, Oxford University Press 2017 (available here).


Tanja Herklotz, Sarah Holz. Law In Context: Case Studies fom India. Südasien-Chronik 6 (2016): 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): 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 5 (2015): 370-399 (available here)



Book Reviews:


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


Tanja Herklotz. Srimati Basu, The Trouble with Marriage: Feminists Confront Law and Violence in India, South Asia Research (2016) 37(3): 339-343 (available here)


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


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





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, July 2016, University of Copenhagen


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


The "Other" Legislator: How the Indian Higher Judiciary Shapes Religious Personal Laws to Provide for Gender-Justice, PHD Workshop, November 2015, University of 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, AÜV Meeting, July 2015, Potsdam


Religion vs. Women's Rights? An Analysis of Feminist Perspectives on the Personal Laws and the Uniform Civil Code in India, June 2015, PHD Workshop on current developments in South Asia, University of Lund