PD Dr. Petra Gümplová

Member of the Equal Opportunities Board

Petra Gümplová received her PhD from the New School for Social Research, New York in 2010. She has worked at Charles University, Prague, and at the Universities of Giessen and Erfurt. Her research fields include modern and international political theory and global justice with substantive focus on natural resources and human rights. In April 2021, she obtained a Habilitation at Max Weber College at the University of Erfurt with a work entitled Rights to Natural Resources and Justice. On this topic and others, Petra Gümplová has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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Scientific publications
  • Gümplová, Petra (2024): “Justice on the Seafloor: A Critical Appraisal of the Extension of Sovereign Rights to Natural Resources on the Continental Shelf“, in German Law Journal, (forth.).
  • Gümplová, Petra (2024): “Continental Shelf and the Quiet Ocean Commons Grab“, In: International Law Blog (published on 09.01.2024)
  • Gümplová, Petra (2023): “Common Ownership or Global Commons? Reassessing Risse’s Common Ownership of the Earth Thesis in Light of Climate Crisis“, In: Sťahel, R.; Dědečková, E. (eds.), Current Challenges of Environmental Philosophy. Leiden: Brill, 71-96.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2022): “Affluence and Freedom: An Environmental History of Political Ideas“, In: Contemp Polit Theory (2022). DOI: 10.1057/s41296-022-00596-z.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2021a): “Normative View of Natural Resources – Global Redistribution or Human Rights-based Approach?“, In: Human Rights Review 22, 155-172. DOI: 10.1007/s12142-021-00615-3.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2021b): “Rights of Conquest, Discovery and Occupation, and the Freedom of the Seas: the Colonial Invention of International Law and Natural Resource Injustice Isonomía.“, In: Revista de Teoría y Filosofía del Derecho 54: 1-36. Open Access: https://isonomia.itam.mx/index.php/revista-cientifica/article/view/417/1563.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2021c): “Sovereign Territory and the Domination over Nature“, In: Bueno, A.; Henning, C.; Rosa, H. (eds.): Critical Theory and New Materialism, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2019a): “Sovereignty over Natural Resources – A Normative Reinterpretation“, In: Global Constitutionalism Global Constitutionalism 9(1), S. 7-37. DOI: 10.1017/S2045381719000224
  • Gümplová, Petra (2019b): “Yasuní-ITT Initiative and the Reinventing Sovereignty over Natural Resources“, In: Filozofia 74(5), S. 378-393. Open Access: https://www.sav.sk/journals/uploads/05221313filozofia.2019.74.5.3.pdf
  • Gümplová, Petra (2018): “Popular Sovereignty over Natural Resources – An Appraisal of Leif Wenar’s Blood Oil from the Perspective of International Law and Justice“, In: Global Constitutionalism 7(2), S. 173-203.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2017): “Rights to Natural Resources and Human Rights“, In: Oksanen, M.; Dodsworth, A.; and O’Doherty, S. (eds.): Environmental Human Rights. A Political Theory Perspective, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2015): “Sovereignty and Post-sovereignty“, In: Philosophica Critica 1(2), S. 3-18.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2014): “Rethinking Resistance with Václav Havel“, In: Constellations – An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 21 (3): 401-414.
  • Gümplová, Petra (2011): Sovereignty and Constitutional Democracy, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft.
Media and podcasts


  • “Critical Theory and the Carbon Budget” Philosophy and Social Sciences, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic (06. bis 12.05.2024)
  • “A Critical Appraisal of the Extension of Sovereign Rights to Natural Resources in the Global Commons – the Case of the Continental Shelf,” Polar and Ocean Politics Network Conference, Otto Friedrich University Bamberg (15. bis 16.02.2024)
  • “Continental Shelf and the Quiet Ocean Commons Grab” The Inaugural Trømso Conference in Ethics and Political Philosophy, Arctic University of Trømso, Norway https://uit.no/tavla/artikkel/811962/the_tromso_conference_in_ethics_and_political_phi (11. bis 13.12.2023)
  • “Sovereign Rights to Natural Resources in the Ocean Commons – A Critical Appraisal” NCLOS annual conference on Ocean Commons, Arctic University of Trømso, Norway (1. bis 3.11.2023)
  • “Ocean Commons and Global Justice in the Climate Crisis,” Lecture at the Summer School of Philosophy of the University of Hradec Kralové, Broumov, Lecture available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-0M11bmmNc (1.10.2023)
  • “Sovereign Rights to Natural Resources in Ocean Global Common – A Critical Appraisal,” Political Theory in Times of Uncertainty DVPW Conference, Bremen (27. bis 29.09.2023)
  • “Governing the Global Commons for a Global Public Good – the Case of the Oceans,” IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Universidad Católica Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina (15. bis 19.07.2023)
  • “Governing global commons for global public good”, Lecture at the conference “Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy“ (15.-16.06.23)
  • public panel discussion on the Commons at the Festival of Philosophy, Velke Mezirici, Czech Republic. (06.06.2023)
  • “Sovereign Rights to Ocean's Resources - a Critical Appraisal”, Lecture at the conference Philosophy and Social Sciences, Prag. (10.-14.05.2023)
  • “Common Ownership of the Earth in theAnthropocene”, Lecture at the international conference "Challenges for Environmental and Political Philosophy in the Anthropocene". (16.01.2023)
  • “Moral Theories and Blood Commodities”, Lecture at the conference "Ethical Theories, Unethical Practices Conference of the Slovak Philosophical Society". (19.-21.10.2022)
  • Politisch(es) Denken im Anthropozän: Herausforderungen und aktuelle Positionen.“ Panel discussion as part of C2PO Colloquium University of Erfurt. (05.07.2022)

List of all activities



  • The Tragedy of Global Commons
  • Climate Crisis and Global Justice
  • Natural Resources and Global Justice
  • Sovereign States in a Global World
  • Theories of Sovereignty