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Examination enquiries: Unfortunately, I have to inform you that Prof. Buckel will not be available for examination enquiries for the next 3 years, as she will take up the post of Vice-President at the University of Kassel from October 2021.

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1986-1989Commercial training
1989-1992Evening high school Frankfurt am Main
1993-1998Studies of political science at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
1994-2001Law studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Scholarship of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation
2001-2009Research Assistant Prof.Dr. Josef Esser Department of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
06.06.2006Doctorate in Philosophy "Subjectivation and Cohesion- On the Reconstruction of a Materialistic Theory of Law".
2007-2008Substitute professorship "Law and Economics" University of Flensburg, MA program "European Studies
2010Visiting Professorship "Critical Governance Studies" Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna
2009-2013Researcher at the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main
11.02.2013Habilitation for the subject Political Science Habilitation Thesis: "Welcome to Europe - Juridische Auseinandersetzungen um das Staatsprojekt Europa" (Welcome to Europe - Juridical Disputes about the State Project Europe)
since 01.09.2013Professor of Political Theory at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Kassel
01.04.2019-30.09.2021Dean of the Department of Social Sciences
since 01.10.2021Vice President of the University of Kassel
since March 2022Member of the Board of the Institute for Social Research Frankfurt



  • German Political Science Association (DVPW), Section Political Theory, AK Politics and Gender
  • Fellow of the Center for European Legal Policy Bremen (ZERP)
  • Co-publisher and editor of the journal "Kritische Justiz" (Critical Justice)
  • Network Migration Law
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the journal juridikum. zeitschrift für kritik | recht | gesellschaft, Vienna
  • Founding member of the network critical migration and border regime research



  • Lecturer of the Hans-Böckler Foundation

    Lecturer of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation

  • Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography,

  • Critical Policy Studies,
  • Constellations - An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory,
  • Austrian Journal of Political Science,
  • Journal of Political Theory,
  • Journal of the Sociology of Law
  • DFG
  • Theory of law and state
  • Theory of democracy
  • Social theory
  • European Studies
  • Crisis and democracy in Europe: analyzing the current phase of democracy in EUropa in the context of a conjunctural analysis of forms of state rule and social protest. (
  • Junior Research Group Transformation of European Migration Policy in Crisis Investigation of the struggles over refugee and migration policy in the EU since the so-called "Summer of Migration 2015", as well as the political and social actors. (finished - publication)
  • European Policy and Causes of Flight (to the homepage)

Sonja Buckel (2020): Subjectification and Cohesion. Towards the Reconstruction of a Materialist Theory of Law, Brill Publishing. Leiden

Sonja Buckel (2007/2015): Subjectification and Cohesion. Towards the reconstruction of a materialist theory of law. Velbrück Wissenschaft: Weilerswist. 2nd ed. 2015
Sonja Buckel (2013): 'Welcome to Europe' - the limits of European migration law. Juridical disputes around the state project Europe. Transcript Verlag: Bielefeld.
Sonja Buckel (2017): L'EUrope Des Flux, Migrations, travail et crise de l'Union Européenn, Préface de Sandro Mezzadra (as research group 'State Project Europe' = gem. mit Fabian, John Kannankulam, Jens Wissel), éditions Eterotopia France, coll. Rhizome.

II. anthologies

  1. Sonja Buckel/Ralph Cristensen/Andreas Fischer-Lescano (2019): New Theories of Law, 3rd ed, Tübingen: Mohr & Siebeck (UTB paperback 2744) 2019. ed.

  2. Research Group 'State Project Europe' (2014): Struggles over Migration Policy. Theory, method and analyses of critical European studies Transcript Verlag: Bielefeld.

  3. Sonja Buckel/Lukas Oberndorfer/Axel Troost/Andrea Ypsilanti (2013): Solidarisches Europa. Mosaic left perspectives, VSA Verlag: Hamburg.

  4. Research Group 'State Project Europe' (2012): Die EU in der Krise - Zwischen autoritärem Etatismus und europäischem Frühling, Schriftenreihe der Assoziation für kritische Gesellschaftsforschung, vol. 6, Westfälisches Dampfboot: Münster.

  5. Johannes Angermüller/Sonja Buckel/Margit Rodrian-Pfennig (2012): Solidarity Education. Crossover: Experiments in self-organized knowledge production, VSA Verlag: Hamburg.

  6. Sonja Buckel/Andreas Fischer-Lescano (2007): Hegemony armored with coercion. Politics and Civil Society in Antonio Gramsci's Understanding of the State Nomos: Baden-Baden.

III. essays

  1. Sonja Buckel/Carolina A. Vestena/ Maximilian Pichl (2023): "Legal struggles: A Social Theory Perspective on Strategic Litigation and Legal Mobilization," in Social and Legal Studies, first published online 8.3.2023 (open access).

  2. Sonja Buckel/Ruth Sonderegger (2022): "Critical Theory is Care Work," in Journal of Critical Theory, issue 54/55, 255-270.

  3. Sonja Buckel/Judith Kopp (2019): "Struggles and Repair Work in the Wake of 2015," in Giorgio Grappi/ Sandro Mezzadra (eds.), Contested Justice. Europe and Migration in a Global Perspective, London: Routledge, id.

  4. Sonja Buckel/Dirk Martin (2019): "Aspects of a Critical Social Theory of Politics," in Ulf Bohmann/Paul Sörensen (eds.), Critical Theory of Politics, Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 243-266.

  5. Sonja Buckel (2019): "Antonio Gramsci," in Dagmar Comtesse/Oliver Flügel-Martinsen/Franziska Martinsen/Martin Nonhoff (eds.) Handbuch radikale Demokratietheorie, Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, n.d..

  6. Sonja Buckel (2018): "Dirty Capitalism" , co-edited with Lukas Oberndorfer, in Krisis - Journal for contemporary philosophy, special edition: Marx from the Margins. A Collective Project from A-Z, issue 2/2018.

  7. Sonja Buckel (2018): "Winter is Coming. Reconstructing the European Border Regime after the 'Summer of Migration'",in Prokla. Journal of Critical Social Science. 48th ed, h. 3/2018, 437-457.

  8. Sonja Buckel (2018): "Antonio Gramsci," in Dagmar Comtesse/Oliver Flügel-Martinsen/Franziska Martinsen/Martin Nonhoff (eds.) Handbuch radikale Demokratietheorie, Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, id.

  9. Sonja Buckel (2017): The European Border Regime in Crisis. Theory, Methods and Analyses in Critical European Studies, co-authored with Fabian Georgi, John Kannankulam, Jens Wissel, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Studies 8/2017, December 2017.

  10. Sonja Buckel (2016): Rechtskritik, in Critical Justice, issue 3/2016; 289-304.

  11. Sonja Buckel (2016): "The Dialectic of Democracy and Capitalism Before the Backdrop of a Transnational Legal Pluralism in Crisis," in Kerstin Blome/Andreas Fischer-Lescano/Hannah Franzki/Nora Markard & Stefan Oeter: Contested Collisions. Interdisciplinary Inquiries into Norm Fragmentation in World Society, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 298-323.

  12. Sonja Buckel (2015) : Constitutional Struggles at the Southern Border of the EU, in Yolande Jansen/Robin Celikates/Joost de Bloois / (Ed.), The Irregularization of Migration in Contemporary Europe. Detention, Deportation, Drowning. Rowman & Littelfield: London/New York, 137-152.

  13. Sonja Buckel (2015): "Dirty Capitalism," in Dirk Martin / Susanne Martin / Jens Wissel (2015) (eds.): Perspectives and Constellations of Critical Theory, Verlag. Westfälisches Dampfboot: Münster, 29-48.

  14. Sonja Buckel (2014), "A forma na qual as contradições podem se mover. Para a reconstrução de uma Teoria Materialista do Direito," in Revista Direito e Práxis, 5 (9), 2014, 366-385.

  15. Sonja Buckel (2013), "The Rights of the Illegalized. Constitutionalization Struggles in Spaces of Extraterritorial Lawlessness," in Journal of Human Rights, Issue 1/2013, 62-78.

  16. Sonja Buckel/Julia König (2013): "Subjectivation and the Law: Bodily Desire Between Normalization and Subversion," in Annual Review of Critical Psychology, No. 11, Special Issue: Gender and Sexuality.

  17. Sonja Buckel/Jens Wissel (2012): "La transnacionalización del Estado en el proceso de constitución de una política común europea de control de la inmigración," in Revista Migraciones, Núm. 32, December 2012, 11-39.

  18. Sonja Buckel (2012): "'Managing Migration' - An intersectional analysis of capitalism using the example of European migration policy," in Berliner Journal für Soziologie, 22, issue 1/2012, 79-100.

  19. Sonja Buckel (2011): "Staatsprojekt Europa," in: Politische Vierteljahrsschrift, issue 4/2011, 636-662.

  20. Sonja Buckel (2011): "The Juridical Condensation of the Relations of Forces: Nicos Poulantzas and the Law," in Alexander Gallas / Lars Bretthauer / John Kannankulam / Ingo Stützle (eds.) Reading Poulantzas, London, 154-169.

  21. Sonja Buckel (2011): "Dall'auto-organizzazione della società alla tutela espertocratica della giustizia. Come si è trasformata la proceduralizzazione dell'universale", in: Eberl, Oliver (ed.) (2011), Democrazia transforntaliera?, Series: Habermasiana, transl. v. Leonardo Ceppa, Turin, 19-54.

  22. Sonja Buckel (2011), "The Spanish Border Regime. Outsourcing and Offshoring," in Critical Justice, issue 3/2011, 253-261.

  23. Sonja Buckel (2010): "'La Forme dans Laquelle Peuvent se Mouvoir les Contradictions' - Pour une Reconstruction de la Théorie Materialiste du Droit," in Actuel Marx, n 47, 135-149.

  24. Sonja Buckel/Andreas Fischer-Lescano (2009), "Gramsci Reconsidered: Hegemony in Global Law," Leiden Journal of International Law, 3/2009, 437-454.

  25. Sonja Buckel (2009): "Die lange Inkubationszeit des Wettbewerbs der Rechtsordnungen - Eine Genealogie der Rechtsfälle Viking/Laval/Rüffert/Luxemburg aus der Perspektive einer materialistischen Europarechts¬theorie", together with Lukas Oberndorfer, in: Fischer-Lescano, Andreas / Rödl, Florian / Schmid, Christoph (eds.). Europäische Gesellschaftsverfassung. On the constitutionalization of social democracy in Europe. Schriftenreihe des Zentrums für Europäische Rechtspolitik, vol. 57, Baden-Baden 2009, 277-296.

  26. Sonja Buckel (2008): "Feminist successes in transnational law: the juridical reappraisal of the Japanese system of sexual slavery". In: Leviathan, Issue 1/2008, 54-75.

IV. Press/Media

  1. "Does Law End?" co-authored with Maximilian Pichl, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jan. 18, 2019, No. 15, p. 12 (feature article).

  2. "Recruitment and foreclosure are not contradictory," interview analyse & kritik, no. 588 v. 19.11.2013

  3. "Hunchback: EU accepts death of thousands," interview, Hessisch/Niedersächsische Allgemeine, v. Nov. 8, 2013

  4. "People are virtually filtered," interview, Junge Welt v. 25.10.2013

  5. "In Court and on the High Seas." In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, v. 22.02.2012, p. 12.

  1. "Frontex does not have a grip on the problem," interview, SRF4. 23.10.2013

  2. "We are responsible",WDR5, Talking about Europe. 20.12.2012

  3. "Landmark Decision - The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has declared European deportation practices unlawful." SWR2, Journal am Morgen.24.02.2012.