Katherine U. Walker, LL.M.

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PhD Student

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Research Interests

  • Aid Effectiveness in EU Development Law and Policy
  • Law of EU Development Cooperation
  • Higher Education Development Cooperation in China and India
  • Chinese Aid Transparency
  • Institutional Incentives Vs. Organizational Design
  • Law and Economics

Current Project

Towards Greater Aid Effectiveness? The Law of EU Development Cooperation in Higher Education

Since the 2005 Paris Declaration, aid effectiveness concerns have successfully permeated EU development policy on a variety of levels and in different policy sectors. However, can the same be said for the laws and regulations of the administrative framework for implementing EU development cooperation? Following the example of higher education development cooperation and by using an interdisciplinary Law and Economics approach, this doctoral research project examines the contractual agreements of EU development cooperation, and assesses in how far these promote the operationalisation of aid effectiveness in European development law and policy.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn


2011 - present:   Ruhr University Bochum
Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ph.D student
2011 - 2013:   Claussen-Simon Foundation, Hamburg
Manager for Online Activity
2008 - 2011:   University of Hamburg
Faculty of Law
Coordinator of the EU project 'China-EU School of Law'
2005 - 2008:   University of Hamburg
Institute of Law and Economics
Administrative Coordinator of the EU project 'Human Resource Development in Law and Economics for India and Europe'
2004 - 2005:   University of Hamburg and University of Ghent
Institute of Law and Economics and Faculty of Law
LL.M./EMLE Law and Economics (Erasmus Mundus)
2000 - 2004:   University of Bristol
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences and Department of German
LL.B. Law and German
2002 - 2003:   Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Faculty of Law
Erasmus student

Teaching Responsibilities

2006 - 2008:   FOM University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg
Lecturer for Business English for LL.B. Business Law and B.A. International Management

Conferences and Summer School

  • 'EU Development Co-operation in Higher Education – Institutional Incentives Vs. Organizational Design' (paper presentation), University of East Anglia, 18-19 September 2013
  • 'The Politics and Economics of Aid', Summer School, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, 24 June – 5 July 2013
  • PhD Conference in International Development Studies (poster presentation), Ruhr University Bochum, 18-19 September 2012