Simone joined Kent Law School as a Lecturer in "French and European Comparative Law" in 2007. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012 and to Reader in Law in 2017.
After two years of studies in German law and French law at Universität Potsdam, Simone moved to France where she earned an advanced general studies degree in "French Law" (Licence) as well as a master's degree in "International and European Law" (Maîtrise) from Université de Nanterre. Simone then obtained a postgraduate degree (DEA) in "Comparative Legal Studies" and a PhD from Université Panthéon-Sorbonne. Simone also earned an LLM from Cornell Law School where she studied as a Rudolf B. Schlesinger Fellow.
On the professional front, Simone secured an internship at the Office of the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and worked as a Teaching Assistant, at junior and senior levels, at Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and Cornell Law School. Her various teaching responsibilities included introductory seminars on French law and US law and advanced seminars on French contract law and family law.
At Kent Law School, she has been teaching in the fields of French law, comparative law and legal interpretation. She acts as visiting professor at HBKU College of Law and Public Policy in Qatar and regularly lectures in the US and in Canada. Her research focuses on theoretical issues arising from the comparison of laws in the context of globalization and Europeanization. In this regard, Simone's monograph, De la traductibilité du droit (Paris: Dalloz, 2011), critically assesses the possibilities and limits of legal translation. She recently edited two collections of essays: Comparative Law - Engaging Translation (London: Routledge, 2014) and Law's Hermeneutics: Other Investigations (London: Routledge, 2017; with Fabian Girard).
Simone is currently working on a book project provisionally entitled Gadamer's Law. Hans-Georg Gadamer’s thought has had a profound impact on literary and social theory, not least in the US where it has underwritten the “interpretive turn”. Although as much as one third of his Truth and Method is expressly devoted to law, the book has failed to make a noticeable impact in the legal community. Even in his native Germany, Gadamer's text is rarely used in law schools. Simone’s project wishes to help remedy this state of affairs and demonstrate the central relevance of Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics for the understanding of law.
For a recent media appearance, see here.
Opening Lecture: “One European Private Law, More Than One Language: In Vindication of Goethe”, Lecture Series “Translating Normativity: New Perspectives on Law and Legal Transfers”, Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History/University of Frankfurt, Germany (4 December 2014)back to top
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Teaching and Supervision
- Comparative Law (LW522)
- Droit constitutionnel et administratif (LW567)
- Skills in Legal Interpretation (LW594)
- European Union Law (LW511, LW593)
- Droit civil (LW539)
- European Legal Systems (LW552)
- European Comparative Law (LW807)
- The Constitutional Law of the European Union (LW815)
Simone is happy to supervise postgraduate research projects in the fields of comparative law, legal translation and legal interpretation.
She currently co-supervises the following PhD dissertation:
Margo Bernelin, ‘The Regulation of Biomedical Research in France and in the United Kingdom: A Comparative Study of the Concept of Legitimacy’/Quelle légitimité pour les sources du droit de la bioéthique? Étude comparée: France, Royaume-Uni, Union Européenne (co-tutelle Kent Law School and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense).
Other Academic Activities
- Member of the Executive Editorial Board, American Journal of Comparative Law (2014-)
- Director of the English and French Law programme at Kent Law School (2011-)
- Director of the Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law (2009-)
Gadamer and Foreign Law
German Literature Archive, Marbach a.N., (9 August 2017)
Gadamer Beyond Gadamer: A Philosophical Hermeneutics for Comparative Legal Studies (Transnational Justice Lecture)
Centre for Transnational Legal Studies, London (30 November 2016)
L’Interprétation du droit: enjeux et perspectives
Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France (28 April 2016)
Langue, droit et intégration: trialectique européenne et modèle canadien
Guest Lecture, Faculty of Law, Université de Lille 2, France (3 December 2015)
Giving Meaning to Foreign Legal Culture: Is Gadamer Relevant?
Centre for Transnational Legal Studies, London (29 September 2015)