Dr Clara Rauchegger
Mag Mag (Innsbruck) LLM PhD (Cambridge)
Assistant Professor

University of Innsbruck
Faculty of Law, Innrain 52
A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

 Room 3036
 +43 512 507 39758

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Mag. Mag. Dr. Clara Rauchegger, LLM (Cambridge)


Dr Clara Rauchegger is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Innsbruck. Previously she was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence for two years.

She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was a member of Trinity Hall. Her PhD dissertation examined the interaction of EU and national fundamental rights. At the University of Cambridge, Clara also served as Managing Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal.

Clara’s expertise lies in EU law, comparative constitutional law and the law of digital technology. She is particularly interested in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the governance of intermediary online platforms in the EU. She is a member of the Digital Science Center, a new research center at the University of Innsbruck that examines digital innovation from an interdisciplinary perspective. In 2019, she won the Eduard Wallnöfer Award for her research on online hate speech and disinformation.

Prior to her academic career, Clara worked at the Representation of Tyrol to the EU, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the EU.

Research interests

  • Fundamental rights protection (EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, ECHR, domestic constitutional rights)

  • Relationship between EU law and national law of the Member States

  • Governance of intermediary online platforms and digital technology in the EU

  • Interdisciplinary research on digital innovation


  • Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund

  • DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

  • DTP Fellowship of the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council

  • Funding for various projects from Trinity Hall Cambridge, the Tyrolean Science Fund and Förderkreis 1669

Selected publications

  • "Injunctions to remove illegal online content under the eCommerce Directive: Glawischnig-Piesczek", Common Market Law Review 2020, 1495–1526 (with Aleksandra Kuczerawy) (link).

  •  "(De-)Zentralisierungstendenzen in der Grundrechtsjudikatur des EuGH", in: Christoph Grabenwarter and Erich Vranes (ed), Die EU im Lichte des Brexits und der Wahlen: Faktoren der Stabilität und Desintegration, Manz 2020, 215–228 (link).

  •  The Eurosceptic Challenge: National Implementation and Interpretation of EU Law, Hart Publishing 2019, 280 pages (edited with Anna Wallerman) ISBN 9781509927654 (link).

  • "Artificial Intelligence Approaches to the Analysis of Case Law: The Data-Driven Future of Empirical Legal Research", in: Simon Burger et al (ed), Recht und Sprache, Jan Sramek 2019, 23–42 (open access).

  • "National Constitutional Rights and the Primacy of EU Law: M.A.S.", Common Market Law Review 2018, 1521–1548 (open access).

A full list of publications is available here.

Selected presentations

  • Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany (2020)
    Rapporteur Panel "Policymaking Observation"
    Workshop on Empirical Approaches in Platform Governance Research

  • University of Maastricht (2020)
    "Fundamental Rights Implications of Preventive Content Moderation"
    First Jean Monnet NOVA-EU Workshop on Digitalisation, Ethics and EU Fundamental Rights

  • Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs (2019)
    "10 Years EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Application of the Charter by Austrian and European apex courts"
    44th meeting of the EU Law Advisory Board (Beirat für Europarecht)

  •  European University Institute and University of Florence (2019)
    "Content Filtering by Online Platforms"
    First conference of the IACL research group Algorithmic State, Market and Society

  • University of Oxford (2019)
    "National Constitutional Courts post-Lisbon and the Charter"
    International conference "The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the Member States"

A full list of presentations is available here.


Clara holds two teaching certificates: the Teaching Certificate of the University of Innsbruck and the Max Weber Teaching Certificate of the European University Institute and Humboldt University Berlin.

Currently, she teaches EU constitutional law, law and governance of digital technology and legal research methods to law students and students from other faculties.

More information on her courses is available here.





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