February 2021

UNICEFBild k©Unicef/Pirozzi Register now for the Winter/Spring School ‘Corruption, Data and the Sustainable Development Goals’ 
by Transparency International, the Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization, and the IFHV.

 25.02.2021 – 05.03.2021

Preparatory Meeting
: 05.02.2021

 Online via Zoom

More information available [here]

Registration Form

3 March 2021

Screen Shot 2021 03 03 at 10.04.50 AM In our most recent monthly research colloquium, research associate Lisa Cohen and senior researcher Mareike Meis presented on their current research topics. Lisa presented on research on IHL and cyber warfare while Mareike discussed a potential paper on civil resistance videography as human rights practice.

2 March 2021

csm IDS Poster DIN A2 Jahrestagung 2021 Version 1c pfade 72 ffc287c598 The IFHV's Dr Gudehus will speak on a podium discussion on "Sprache und Gewalt (Language and Violence)" as part of the online conference "57. Jahrestagung des Leibniz-Instituts für Deutsche Sprache: Sprache in Politik und Gesellschaft". For further information on the conference and to register, visit the website of the Leibniz-Institut [here].

26 February 2021

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The IFHV organized an online training from the 24th to the 26th of February under a consortia project with VENRO, sponsored by the GFFO and offered via the AHA platform. The training was on the "Legal Basics on Protection in Humanitarian Action" and included trainers from HERE-Geneva. You can find more information on this training [here] and further information on the AHA trainings visit [here].

25 February 2021

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The IFHV’s Research Cluster 2 hosted an online discussion  on Hannah Arendt’s essay “We Refugees”. Joined by a mix of guests with different perspectives on forced migration, the panel discussed the essay and what is means to different academic disciplines and the world today.
Read Hannah Arendt’s essay [here] and watch the discussion on youtube [here].

23 February 2021

146645424 2412501052229869 3064109610928669079 o IFHV hostedt an online discussion between Executive Director Prof Pierre Thielbörger and Visiting International Prof Alena Douhan. Prof Douhan will be speaking about her role as UN Special Rapporteur on negative impacts of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights and will be speaking shortly after returning from a country visit to Venezuela.

You can watch the recording of our event on youtube [here].

19 February 2021

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Jason Halog. You can access "Expansion in the Aegean Sea? On the Could and Should in Mediterranean Territorial Waters" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

18 February 2021

9780198827276 1 The IFHV's Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger wrote a chapter in the soon to be published Oxford Handbook of the International Law of Global Security. Find out more about the text book and pre-order it [here].

18 February 2021

2717720120 The newest issue of the "Humanitäres Völkerrecht/Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict" (HuV/JILPAC) edited by the IFHV has just been published. This issue's topic is "The Child in International Law".

You can access the issue [here].

16 February 2021

Довгань фото klein The IFHV's visiting international professor, Alena Douhan, was interviewed by CNN regarding her recent trip to Venezuela in her role UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights. 

For more information on Prof Douhan's trip to Venezuela and the situation there visit [here].

16 February 2021

thielboerger 300 The IFHV's Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, was interviewed by ARD Hörfunk on the occasion of the 1000th meeting of Germany's upper house ("Bundesrat") on 12 February 2021. The interview concerned the role of the Bundesrat and German federalism, in generally and specifically in tackling the current Covid-19 pandemics. "Just like the Bundestag, also the Bundesrat only plays a small role in finding joint solutions for the pandemic. Unfortunately." says Thielbörger. The interview (in German language) aired on several ARD radio stations on the 12 February 2021. A small excerpt can also be found [here]

15 February 2021

wright 300 Our research associate Will Jamison Wright authored the most recent post on our Humanitarian Blog together with the Centre for Humanitarian Action. The post, titled "Change we can believe in? What can the humanitarian community expect from the Biden Administration?", discusses the policy developments from the first few weeks of President Biden's administration, what they mean for humanitarian actors, and what it could mean for humanitarian action moving forward. 

You can read the post on our website [here] or on the Humanitarian Blog section of the CHA website [here].

10 February 2021

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Lisa M. Cohen. You can access "On the International Law Governing China’s and India’s Dam-projects on the Brahmaputra River - When two are fighting...another one bites the dust" through our [website Part I, Part II] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

9 February 2021
bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Lorenz Rubner. You can access "Viel Lärm um nichts - Die funktionelle Immunität von Kriegsverbrechern" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

5  February 2021

Survivor Dr. Mareike Meis and Dr. Eva Johais participated in the International Political Sociology Section of the Swiss Political Science Association Annual Conference. In their paper they presented the ‚Corona survivor‘ as a semiotic-material figure that produces meaning on the pandemic. They argued that the figure is characterized by an ambivalence of hope and fear and can take monstruous forms with strong affective and political effects. Based on that, Dr. Mareike Meis and Dr. Eva Johais envisage developing the narrative-figurative approach to understand the politics of knowledge that make the corona crisis.

3  February 2021

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Stephan Koloßa. You can access "International Crimes in the Age of Social Media - Why Corporate Criminal Liability is unsuitable to combat Impunity" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

3  February 2021

Screen Shot 2021 02 03 at 10.05.25 AM In our most recent monthly research colloquium, research associate Stephan Koloßa and Prof Dennis Dijkzeul presented on their current research topics. Stephan presented on research on the role of data protection in armed conflict while Prof Dijkzeul discussed his ongoing research project in South Sudan. 

2  February 2021

graf 300 Jan-Phillip Graf was invited by the Lions Club in Hagen to give a presentation on the international protection of child migrants. After a general introduction into the rights of the child, he discussed the special situation of child migrants in Europe and in Germany. His presentation was followed by an insightful discussion with the club members who asked Mr. Graf many questions. According to the club's president, the event set a new attendance record which testifies to the societal importance of the protection of child migrants.

28 January 2021

Screen Shot 2021 02 02 at 9.23.58 AM Check out the newest post in our Humanitarian Blog with the Centre for Humanitarian Action!

This post by Darina Pellowska covers continuing issues in achieving localisation in humanitarian action and how agile management could help. Read it (auf Deutsch) on the CHA site [here] or on our website [here].  

20 January 2021

Screen Shot 2021 01 20 at 10.05.34 AM In our most recent monthly research colloquium, research associates Rebekka Goeke and Benedikt Behlehrt presented on their current research topics. Rebekka presented on a potential dissertation topic related to examining the beliefs and behaviours of humanitarian INGOs while Benedikt discussed a potential article on the recognition of governments under international law. 

18 January 2021

Screen Shot 2021 01 18 at 3.03.45 PM The IFHV has launched its newest working paper (Vol 10. No. 2). The paper, titled "How to Care in a Cowboy Culture? Strengthening Humanitarian Operational Leaders’ Capacities for Staff Care in Field Missions", was written by NOHA Bochum alumna Carla Marie Weymann. You can find the working paper [here]

You can find more information about our working paper series [here].

15 January 2021

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Jona Höni and Grischa JostYou can access "Trump's Deadly Legacy? WHAT A NEW US RULE COULD MEAN FOR GLOBAL EFFORTS TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

14 January 2021

heintze 300 Prof Hans-Joachim Heintze gave an interview to NDR Hannover discussing the treaty to ban nuclear weapons. He said that while the treaty is a success, the fact that NATO countries and countries with nuclear arsenals have yet to sign on left room open for civil society to build further interntional support for the treaty. 

14 January 2021

jpgraf e1610636135600 Jan-Phillip Graf wrote a post for the Verfassungsblog titled "A Childish Idea: The Proposed Child Rights Amendment to the German Constitution". In it, he discusses the incompatability of proposed amandements to the German Constitution on the Rights of the Child with International and European Law. 

Read the full post [here].

14 January 2021

Screen Shot 2021 01 15 at 7.47.37 PM Visiting professor Alena Douhan recently spoke to the The Grayzone on the legality and impact of US sanctions against Syria. Give it a listen or read the transcript [here].

7 January 2021

Screen Shot 2021 01 07 at 3.21.43 PM Environmental Degradation, Climate Change, and Mass Violence Panel Series

In conjunction with an upcoming special issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention of the same title, the International Association of GenocideScholars (IAGS) is sponsoring three panel discussions for the purposes of sharing ideas, building connections, and highlighting the interdisciplinarity of this subject. This event is co-sponsored with the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx) and is part of the Road to Geneva. To create the most inclusive setting, these panels will be hosted by institutions in the Eastern Standard time zone, Central European time zone, and West Australian time zone, and they will be recorded and made available. Each panel will focus broadly on a sub-topic under the umbrella of environmental conflict & security, with the acknowledgement that these topics are intertwined.

January 14, 2021, 1pm-2pm EST
Environmental Degradation, Climate Change, and Mass Violence: Intersections with Indigenous Issues

The first panel will be hosted by Worcester State University in Massachusetts, USA. This panel will focus on how Indigenous people worldwide have been affected by and are at the forefront of issues of environmental justice, environmental security, and climate change. This topic is inherently intersectional and interdisciplinary, and the discussion aims to reflect that reality.

Register here:

January 26, 2021, 1pm-2pm CET
Environmental Degradation, Climate Change, and Mass Violence: Ecocide and Law

The Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict in Germany will host the second panel, which will highlight issues of international law and ecocide. This panel will discuss the legal defense of the environment and its inherent value, with a historical and future focus, acknowledging the unprecedented challenges in the face of climate change.

Register here:

February 10, 7pm-8pm AWST
Environmental Degradation, Climate Change, and Mass Violence: Intersections with Gender

The University of Western Australia will host the third panel, which will center on the gendered dimensions of environmental security. Pulling in topics from the previous two panels, this discussion will emphasize how gender affects and is affected by environmental conflict dynamics, and what that means for potential solutions.

Register here:

Please email Emily Sample at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about the event or the upcoming special issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention.

7 January 2021

ifhv logo Two IFHVers made it on the list of Völkerrechtsblog's most read articles of 2020.

The 12th most read article was Spyridoula Katsoni's "Do compulsory vaccinations against COVID-19 violate human rights?". The 4th most read article was Tobias Ackermann's "COVID-19 at the International Criminal Court".

Check out these articles and other #BOFAXs on our website [here]

24 December 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Rouven Diekjobst and Nadine Grünhagen. You can access "Of Crabbed Age and Bold Youth - On the 'Youth 4 Climate Justice' Application before the European Court of Human Rights" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

22 December 2020

coverimage The IFHV’s Tobias Ackermann and associated member Sebastian Wuschka have co-edited the volume 'Investments in Conflict Zones', recently published by Brill. In the volume, a selected group of experts explores how armed conflicts, territorial disputes, and ‘frozen’ conflicts impact the application and interpretation of international investment law and how investment protection can be reconciled with such politically charged circumstances. The book is in part based on an expert workshop held in 2019 in Bochum and supported by RUB Research School PLUS.

For more information on the new book, visit the website for the book [here]

16 December 2020

Screen Shot 2021 01 07 at 10.22.10 AM Dr Katrin Radtke and Timeela Manandhar wrote authored the most recent blog post for our Humanitarian Blog together with the Centre for Humanitarian Action titled "Gravierende Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Moria Erhöhen auch das Katastrophenrisiko".

You can read the article (auf Deutsch) on the CHA website [here] or on our website [here].

15 December 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Lorenz Rubner. You can access "Diplomats vs Robots: Where does Germany Stand on Autonomous Weapons?" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

 9 December 2020

2020 07 22 cha ifhv de final 300x148 In the newest post on our joint Humanitarian Blog with the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA), former IFHV-er Sonja Hövelmann discusses the future of the Tiple Nexus.

Check it out on our website [here] or on the website of CHA [here].

9 December 2020

Screen Shot 2020 12 09 at 10.52.24 AM Despite the newest Corona restrictions, the research of the IFHV keeps going.  

Today, we held another one of our digital Forschungskolloquium were the researchers at the IFHV heard presentations on the work of two of our PhD students, Spyridoula Katsoni, who presented on the lawfullness of amicable settlements of Human Rights and investment disputes, and Raffael Bohlen, who presented on his dissertation topic on resilience and gang violence in Central America. 

8 December 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Kai Buddelmann and Jan-Phillip Graf. You can access "A pushback against international law? Legal analysis of allegations against the Frontex Mission in the Mediterranean" through our [website Part 1, Part2] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

2 December 2020

20201202 105511 The NOHA 2020 students presented the projects they conducted under the supervision of Dr. Eva Johais in order to gain practical experience with research methods in the context of the anthropology module.

The groups investigated different fields located in Bochum that are related to the idea of humanitarianism: the sellers as well as buyers/non-buyers of the BODO street magazine, the organizational culture of the Aidshilfe, the approach of the housing project GLOBUS for male minors, the counseling services of the German Red Cross for migrants and the social activities of Migration Miteinander. However, one group consisted of students that could not be present in Bochum, who developed a virtual ethnographic project and explored how digital charity works at the example of the MOVEMBER challenge. All groups demonstrated a great spirit of collaboration that enabled them to cope with the special challenges that the pandemic conditions posed for ethnographic fieldwork.

2 December 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Spyridoula Katsoni. You can access "Do compulsory vaccinations against COVID-19 violate human rights? An assessment of the measure’s compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

1 December 2020

Third Draft Book Event Giegling PT Upcoming event: Challenges and Chances of a Written State Report - Reforming a Monitoring Instrument on the Implementation of Human Rights?

Monday, 14 Dec. 2020, 5.00-6.00 PM.
State Reporting is a vital but dysfunctional part of the protection of human rights. On the occasion of the UN General Assembly review of the treaty body system in 2020, Jule Giegling assesses in her new book the state reporting obligation in the UN and in regional human rights systems, identifies deficencies and proposes an innovative solution in the form of Integrative Reporting. After an introduction by Pierre Thielbörger, Jule Giegling presents her main theses which are then commented on by the two discussants Isabella Risini and JP Graf. This event is part of the IFHV’s Cluster on Human Rights and Humanitarian Protection.

(Zoom-ID: 98970906040, PW: 934905)

30 November 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's LISA M. COHEN. You can access "The New Era of Disinformation Wars: Does International Humanitarian Law Sufficiently Regulate the Use of Deepfakes?" through our [website Part I, PART II] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

26 November 2020

Screen Shot 2020 12 02 at 1.28.05 PM Yesterday, Prof Alena Douhan participated in the Arria-Formula Meeting on Unilateral Coercive Measures in her role as UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights. 

For more information on the meeting, visit the wesbsite [here].

26 November 2020

a3367993c9 The IFHV's Spyridoula Katsoni Participated in the Ius Commune Conference 2020 Workshop on International Economic Law.

As part of this workshop, she presented on "The Lawfulness of Amicable Settlements of Human Rights and Investment Disputes". For more information on the workshop and Spyridoula's research visit the website of the workshop [here]

17 November 2020

masadeh 300 In a panel discussion on “Life in a limbo: a protracted displacement or disruptive arrival for the Yazidi survivors of the ISIS”, the IFHV's Mais Masadeh examined the  social positioning of Yazidi survivors in protracted conflict settings and argued for a unique reading of social resilience from grassroots, indigenous perspective.

This presentation took place as part of the an international conference held online  on the 19th and 20th of October and on the 3rd and 17th of November, under the theme “Protracted Displacement of Refugees: Hopes, Perspectives, and Solutions?”. The conference hosted speakers from the Americas, Europe and MENA region to discuss issues and challenges connected to forced migrations in order to enhance both host communities and refugees as a response to local wars and conflicts.

16 November 2020

Довгань фото klein Prof Alena Douhan, is not only a visiting professor at the Ruhr-Universtät Bochum, but is also the UN Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights. In her role as UN Special Rapporteur, she just returned from Qatar, where she examined the impact of sanctions by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt on Qatar, which have been in place since 2017.

You can read more about her visit [here]

13 November 2020

Lehrstuhl k Dr. Jule Giegling has just published her PhD dissertation in the book series "Bochumer Schriften zur Friedenssicherung und zum Humanitären Völkerrecht", edited by IFHV Professors Hans-Joachim Heintze and Pierre Thielbörger and published by the Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag. Over the course of this year, the UN General Assembly considered the state and effectiveness of the UN Human Rights Treaty Body System, a review crowning a six year strengthening process which was started in 2014. One of the major topics of discussion concerned the monitoring instrument of state reporting, which, despite being widely supported, remains dysfunctional and is in need of reform. Jule Giegling's book "Challenges and Chances of a Written State Report" analyses the instrument of state reporting and, based on the findings, proposes integrative reporting as a possible solution. [more]

11 November 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Vanessa Bliecke and Nadine Grünhagen. You can access "EXTENSIVE VIOLENCE INSTEAD OF INTENSIVE PROTECTION - On Police Brutality against Mentally Challenged Individuals" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

9 November 2020

schäfer 300 At the beginning of September, some members of the IFHV were involved in the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Moot Court. The University of Bochum’s Nelson Mandela Human Rights Moot Court Team reached the preliminary rounds, which were held online (September 19-23). The IFHV's student assistants Sonja Susann Schäfer (team member), Ella Schönleben (student coach), and Judith Wüst (student coach) were an essential part of this year's team, with Sonja taking home the prize for the 4th best English memorial worldwide. The team was coached by the Chair of Prof. Dr. Adelheid Puttler.

You can find more information on the RUB [website].

 9 November 2020

 ifhv logo Last week, the IFHV's Rafael Bohlen and Maximilian Bertamini each were awarded with the International Realization Budget (IRB) prize by the Ruhr-University's Research School for their dissertation projects. The IRB will help Rafael to pursue his dissertation project on resilience of organized violence in Central America and Maximilian to conduct his doctoral research on the legality of property acquisition in outer space. The IRB is a personal grant over 7,500 EUR awarded each semester to two doctoral researchers from Ruhr-University. It enables them to realize their individual long-term internationalization concepts. The IRB generously allows independence and flexibility by covering expenses for field research, stays at international research institutions and participation in international conferences, workshops and summer schools.

5 November 2020

DJ 20201105 5475 2  Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul participated by zoom in the defence committee for Isabelle Desportes. She successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Repression without Resistance: Disaster Response in Authoritarian Low-intensity Conflict Settings". This dissertation detailed how difficult it is to work for humanitarian organizations in Ethiopia, Myanmar and Zimbabwe. Isabelle Desportes described how authoritarian states and humanitarian organizations interact and the (negative) consequences these interactions have.

3 November 2020

thielboerger 300 On the 3rd of November 2020, the IFHV‘s Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, was interviewed by Radio Bochum on the meaning of the US election for different aspects of international law and politics, including trade, international security and environmental policy. When asked about his predilection for the election result, he predicted that former Vice President Joe Biden would probably win, even in contested States such as Arizona and Wisconsin, but that the bigger challenge would be to get President Donald Trump to concede and accept the result of the election. A short part of the interview can be found [here].

3 November 2020

 AHA Logo The IFHV is happy to annouce the launch of the new homepage for the academy for humanitarian action 

The academy, born out of a partnership between Aktion Deutschland Hilft and the Kompetenzzentrum Humanitäre Hilfe at the Fachhochschule (FH) Münster, is the first of its kind in Germany and will focus its work on offering trainings and further professionalisation opportunities for the humanitarian sector.

2 November 2020
bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Ella Schönleben. You can access "COLLECTIVE SELF-DEFENCE OR JUST ANOTHER INTERVENTION? Some Thoughts on Turkey Allegedly Sending Syrian Mercenaries to Nagorno-Karabakh" through our [website Part I, Part II] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

29 October 2020

thielboerger 300 On 29 October 2020, the IFHV's Executive Director Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger was elected into the Kuratorium ("Board of Trustees") of the Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte (DIMR) for the next four years. The DIMR, the German national human rights institution established in line with the Paris principles, contributes to the promotion and the protection of human rights by offering policy advice and raising awareness on human rights issues both domestically and internationally.

"In the next years, I want to emphasize within the German Institute for human rights the links of human rights to international humanitarian law, the role of human rights during pandemics, human rights responsibilities of corporations, as well as the close links between human rights and climate change, inter alia with regard to the human right to water. I am much looking forward to the work with my esteemed colleagues within the DIMR in the coming four years."

29 October 2020

JILPAC Call for Papers 2021 1 Call for Papers for the Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (JILPAC)/ Humanitäres Völkerrecht (HuV) - 1st edition of 2021 

The JILPAC publishes papers, commentaries, case notes, book reviews, and conference reports on current events and future developments of the law and of humanitarian action in both English and German. We invite submissions of articles focusing on the following topics:
- Environmental protection during armed conflicts and the ILC Draft Principles on the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts.
- Diseases (e. g. Ebola, Covid-19) as a challenge to international law and the role of the World Health Organization.
- Disaster control in international law.
-Articles focusing on other topics are equally welcome. 

Contributions can be submitted in English or German. We further welcome conference reports, book reviews (upon request), and case notes. Instructions for contributors can be found on the website of the IFHV as well as on the website of the Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag.The deadline for submissions is the 15th of January 2021.

All articles are subject to a double blind peer-review process by the editorial and advisory board.

28 October 2020

Довгань фото klein Visiting International Professor, Prof Alena Douhan, gave an interview to "Going Undergound" on RT. In the inteview, Prof Douhan discussed sanctions and their effects on Venezuela, Iran, and Syria.

You can watch the interview [here].

28 October 2020

dijkzeul 300 From October 26 to 28, Dennis Dijkzeul participated in the virtual workshop "Beyond Cooperation and Competition: Workshop NGO-NGO Interactions in Global Politics" at the Centre for Global Cooperation Resarch of the University Essen-Duisburg. 19 papers were presented and discussed. Together with Prof. Dr. William E. DeMars, Prof. Dijkzeul presented a paper entitled: "NGO Stories: Narrating Cooperation and Conflict in NGOs, Networks, and the International System". The papers are planned to become chapters for an edited volume.

27 October 2020

US Election and IL and IR A Trump- vs. Biden-America - Two Worlds Apart?

The IFHV hosted an online panel discussion on the implications of the US 2020 Presidential election on international law and international affairs. Our executive director, Prof Thielbörger, was joined by academics and practitioners from around Europe for the discussion on what the 2020 election could mean for human rights, international security, the ICC, US Sanctions, EU-US relations, and more.

You can find the recording of the webinar on our youtube channel [here].

26 October 2020

2020 10 xx aha vertrag fh muenster Together with Aktion Deutschland Hilft and the Kompetenzzentrum Humanitäre Hilfe at the Fachhochschule (FH) Münster, the IFHV is happy to annouce the foundation of the Academy for Humanitarian Action.

The academy, born out of a partnership between the three organisations, will focus its work on offering trainings and further professionalisation opportunities for the humanitarian sector in Germany. The official signing of the documents founding the Academy took place in the historic Friedenssaal in the town hall of Münster, where the Treaty of Westphalia was signed in 1648.

Further announcements about the academy, its courses, and its work will be announced here soon.

October 2020

thielboerger 300 Die Vorlesung "Besondere Regelungsbereiche des Völkerrechts" von Professor Dr. Thielbörger findet immer donnerstags von 10.00-11.30 Uhr statt, beginnend am 29. Okober 2020.  Die Vorlesung behandelt verschiedene Bereiche des Völkerrechts, insbesondere UN-Recht, Menschenrechte, humanitäres Völkerrecht, Weltraum- und Luftrecht, Umweltrecht, Seerecht und diplomatische und konsularische Beziehungen und ist Teil des Schwerpunktbereichs 4 der juristischen Fakultät.

Die Vorlesung findet auf deutsch und vorerst per [Zoom] statt

Die zusätzliche AG bei Max Bertamini findet ab 4. November immer mittwochs von 12.30 bis 14.00 Uhr statt, in Raum 4,46-4,47.

22 October 2020

DD9BB2F0 62F8 4F3E A473 81EF2D289AF0 On October 22, 2020, the SYLFF-Mikrokolleg on forced migration celebrated its annual kick-off with a special event on ZOOM. In this context, the IFHV’s Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, participated in a panel discussion on different aspects of forced migration. The Mikrokolleg also welcomed its new PhD fellows Sissy Katsoni, Rafael Bohlen, and Jan-Phillip Graf, who are also research associates at the IFHV.

For the next three years they will receive generous support from the Tokyo Foundation and RUB Research School to write their PhDs. After a brief presentation of all PhD projects which are currently being pursued within the Mikrokolleg, the event concluded with an exchange of experiences on interdisciplinary working methods by current and former members. We would like to thank all participants and are particularly grateful for the meticulous organisation by Dr. Sarah Gemicioglu.

21 October 2020

heintze 300 The IFHV's Prof Heintze spoke at a press conference together with the Azerbaijani ambassador to Germany on the current conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

 21 October 2020

gudehus 300 The first two articles of the Encyclopedia Practices of Violence, managed by the IFHV's Dr Gudehus, are online with more to come.

Check out the website and the posts [here]


21 October 2020

johais 300 Two years ago, Dr. Eva Johais and Dr. Felix Anderl from the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF / HSFK) initiated the formation of a network of scholars interested in an exchange about the use of ethnographic methods in Political Science. In September 2020, the German Political Science Association (GPSA) has officially approved the network as "Themengruppe" on ethnographic methods in Political Science. After a meeting of the group’s speakers on October 21, plans for 2021 are under way. More information will follow soon!


21 October 2020

bertamini 300 Research Associate Max Bertamini published a blog post on EJIL:Talk! titled, "United in What? Some reflections on the Security Council’s sovereignty rhetoric in the latest Syria resolutions"

Check his post [here].

16 October 2020

fw The new issue of the "Journal of International Peace and Organization / Die Friedens-Warte" is online!

This is the first issue since the IFHV’s Prof. Pierre Thielbörger succeeded Prof. Dr. Christian Tomuschat as co-editor of Die Friedens-Warte. This issue's topic is "Current Challenges to Regional Human Rights Systems: Europe, America, Africa and the Arab World / Aktuelle Herausforderungen für regionale Menschenrechtssysteme: Europa, Amerika, Afrika und die Arabische Welt".

Please follow the [link] to access the editorial and table of contents.

14 October 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Jan-Phillip Graf. You can access "The U.S. v. the rest of the world: How the recent attempts to reinstall sanction against Iran undermine the Security Council" through our [website Part I, Part II] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

13 October 2020

 Довгань фото klein  We are excited to welcome a new face to the IFHV!

For the next few months, Prof. Alena Douhan, Professor of International Private and European Law at Belarusian State University, will join the IFHV as a visiting professor and teach in the International Law module of the NOHA masters programme. In addition to her work in academia, Prof. Douhan is UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights and Chief Researcher at the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research

12 October 2020

Ergebnisbericht Together with their project partners from the University of Wuppertal, IFHV's Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul and Carolin Borgmann published a report on the empirical results of their research project "Resilience through social cohesion - The role of organisations" (ResOrt).

Following a mixed method-reseach approach the conditions under which social cohesion emerges and the willingness to provide social support in neighbourhoods in every day life and in times of crises, disasters and upheavals was examined. Research was conducted in the NRW municipalities Münster, Ostbevern and Wuppertal.

You can download the report [here], for more information please visit [here].

8 October 2020

united nations 1184119 1920 The 10. UN-Research Colloquium on "The UN and Resources" took place at the IEE. It was jointly organised by the Working Group on Young UN Research in the United Nations Association of Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen, 'DGVN'), the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) and the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB).

Under the topic "The United Nations and Resources" the role of resources (material and immaterial) for the stability of the UN as well as the global regulatory framework and peace between states, but also the resource focus of transnational corporations will be examined. In doing so, the colloquium wants to shed light on "traditional" resources such as money, manpower, natural resources/land resources, water, land, but also on often forgotten resources such as political influence, trust, good governance and other soft power elements. Especially big global challenges like the current COVID-19 crisis raise questions about the distribution and value of these very diverse resources.

The IEE's managing director Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein and the IFHV's executive director Prof. Pierre Thielbörger will open the programme with keynote speeches and set the scene for the upcoming panels.

The annual colloquium was brought to the RUB by Henrike Roth (IEE) and Timeela Manandhar (IEE, IFHV), who will welcome all speakers to Bochum - with some participants joining digitally.

Several members of the IFHV are participating including Timeela Manandhar with a paper on "The UN Guiding Principles – Human Rights Due Diligence of Corporations", Vanessa Bliecke on "Investitionsschutz als Ressource zum Schutz von umwelt- und ressourcenbedingten Menschenrechten? Die (potentielle) Rolle der UN zur Reformation des internationalen Investitionsschutzes im Lichte einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung", Robin Ramsahye on"Land as a Resource (and a Right)?, and Rouven Diekjobst on "Sea-level Rise and Public International Law – The Case of “Lost” States".

The colloquium will take place under COVID-19 measures, as prescribed by the applicable laws and the regulations of the university.

7 October 2020

funke 300 The IFHV's Carolin Funke published an article, "Strategic partnerships and disability-inclusive humanitarian action: the Rohingya-refugee response in Bangladesh", in Humanitarian Exchange Magazine. In it, she writes, "Although it is still too early to evaluate the long-term impact of these partnerships, they have the potential to facilitate the inclusion of persons with disabilities and contribute to change in humanitarian practice. Field research in Cox’s Bazar in 2020 reveals notable progress in data collection and analysis, the removal of physical barriers and the participation of persons with disabilities in the humanitarian response."

You can read the article [here] or download the full magazine [here].

7 October 2020

johais 300 Dr. Eva Johais is co-organizing a panel at the conference of the section "International Relations" of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) together with her colleague Dr. Felix Anderl from the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF / HSFK). The conference takes place from October 7-9, 2020 at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and online. Under the title "Regieren(d) beobachten", the panel explores the continuum of roles that participant observation in international politics involves. The papers address methodological and ethical challenges of political ethnography in diverse fields: a mining project in Argentinia, land conflicts in Sierra Leone and Cambodia, and civil society organizations in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya und Jordan.

6 October 2020

Glasman Photo Quadrat Prof. Dr. Joël Glasman, a NOHA alumnus, who is now a history professor at the University of Bayreuth, presented his latest book, "Humanitarianism and the Quantification of Human Needs: Minimal Humanity", to the NOHA students. In his lecture, he explained how the concepts of needs has changed, in particular how it has become quanitified. He indicated that the quantification of needs enables different humantiarian organizations to cooperate, but paradoxically  such quantification leaves out the institutional aspects of such cooperation. These needs then become the lowest common denominator and fail to show the political context of these needs. Quantified needs show minimal humanity.

6 October 2020

graf 300 Jan-Phillip Graf gave a presentation and participated in a discussion on the protection of humanitarian actors under international law. The event took place in the context of a recent call for action to enhance the international protection of humanitarian workers by the French NGO Coordination Sud. In his presentation Jan-Phillip Graf argued that a general legal framework to protect humanitarians exists under international humanitarian law and human rights law. Due to the lack of a common definition of who a humanitarian actor is, major gaps in the protection of local workers in contrast to international professionals were created. In addition to finding a common understanding of the term ‚humanitarian actor‘, Jan-Phillip Graf recommended that a variety of legal and non-legal means of protecting humanitarian space should be considered in practice.

6 October 2020

thielboerger 300 On October 5th, 2020, the IFHV's Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, took part in two panel discussions within the 2020 Human Rights Berlin Film Festival. The festival is annually organized by Aktion gegen den Hunger, Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children. This year, the supporting academic program of the festival dealt with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Professor Thielbörger gave an introduction into the interplay of the human rights to water and sanitation with SDG6, and elaborated on specific issues such as gender-sensitive approaches to WASH as well as the gap of implementing the right to sanitation. "Even ten years after the recognition by the UN, the rights to water and sanitation are not a reality for all. In particular for poorer and rural parts of the population, there is still a lot to do. 40% of the global population don't have access to basic handwashing. This must make us highly alerted -even more so in times of COVID-19", Professor Thielbörger argued. [more]

6 October 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Robin Ramsahye. You can access "A state obligation to allot land to minorities? How domestic developments shine a new light on Article 27 ICCPR" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

1 October 2020

thielboerger 300 On October 1st, 2020, the IFHV's Execetive Director, Prof Thielbörger, gave a presentation at a workshop organized by the German Institute for Human Rights on the 2nd revised draft for a treaty on business and human rights. In his presentation, he focused specifically on the issues of human rights due diligence and legal liability of corporations for human rights abuses. He argued that the new draft offered some significant improvements compared to the previous draft of 2018 in terms of its scope and in its applicability in supply chains, but also still contained lack of claritywith regard to human rights due diligence during armed conflict or in the field of corporate criminal law. The workshop was attended by internationally renowned academics in the field of business and human rights, respresentatives of several German ministries as well as civil society.

To learn more about the German Institute for Human Rights, visit their website [here].

30 September 2020

Screen Shot 2020 10 01 at 8.56.44 AM One day before the extraordinary meeting of the European Council, the IFHV, together with Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft, issued a statement calling on the European Union to enact more responsible policies that ensure the well-being of the thousands of asylum seekers currently in Europe and trying to seek refuge in Europe. You can read the statement, in German, [here].

30 September 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze. You can access "Ein Versagen der Staatengemeinschaft - Zu den Kampfhandlungen zwischen Armenien und Aserbaidschan um Bergkarabach" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

29 September 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Fiza Lee Winter. You can access "Return of the Rohingyas - Why underdevelopment effectively hinders the refugees’ return to Myanmar" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

22 September 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Laura Hofmann. You can access "Climate Change and Human Rights - A next big step for the Human Rights Committee?" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.
17 September 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Özgen Özdemir. You can access "Anklägerin auf der Sanktionsliste - Zur Reaktion der USA auf die Ermittlungen des IStGH in Afghanistan" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

16 September 2020

Screen Shot 2020 09 16 at 6.12.00 PM Dr Gudehus and Fiza Lee-Winter of the IFHV are the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention. They are pleased to announce the publication of the second issue in 2020. This issue is focused on issues connected to genocide denial and includes an article by Lauren J. Eichler titled "Ecocide is Genocide: Decolonizing the Definition of Genocide".

You can access the articles from the most recent issue [here]

15 September 2020

WeltRisikoBericht 2020 Together with the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft, the IFHV published the 2020 WeltRisikoBericht/WorldRiskReport. This year's report is focused on forced displacement and migration. You can download the English version of the report [here] and the German version of the report [here].

10 September 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Spyridoula Katsoni. You can access "Where there's Smoke, there's Fire:
 through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

9 September 2020

u1 HuV nackt 3D The new issue of "Humanitäres Völkerrecht/Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict" (HuV/JILPAC) edited by the IFHV has just been published. This issue's topic is "Business and Human Rights / Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte".

Please follow the [link] to access the editorial and table of contents.

5 September 2020

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The first digital Summer School on Humanitarian Action at the IFHV went off without a hitch, starting on August 10th and ending on September 5th. Over 30 students with various national and disciplinary backgrounds, obtained an overview of the field of Humanitarian Action and gain practical insights during a simulation exercise of a humanitarian crisis and a career panel. The instructors included several members of the IFHV staff including Prof Dijkzeul, Dr Funke, and Research Associates Rafael Bohlen, Stephan Koloßa, and Maximillian Bertamini.

You can find out more information on the Summer School [here].

2 September 2020

172dd69b b4c0 45aa 8294 50c05bc52da6 Despite the lockdown and being in home office, we've done our best to ensure that our faculty and staff can still engage in open exchanges on their current research. For this, we've continued our monthly Forschungskolloquium with both online and in person participants. This month our new Junior Professor, Eva Johais, and current PhD student, Timeela Manandhar, presented on their research. 

2 September 2020

kolossa 300 The IFHV's Stephan Koloßa was interviewed by Fabian Busch of This interview was used as a source for Mr Busch's piece on sea resuce operations in the Mediterranean five years after the death of Alan Kurdi. You can read the article [here].

September 2020

      nohalogo Extension of the Erasmus+ Status

The NOHA+ Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action was selected to for an extension of its Erasmus+ status. This prestigous grant from the European Commission's Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency brings with it support for the entire masters programme as well as a number of scholarship for students over the coming years! 

26 August 2020

Screen Shot 2020 08 27 at 9.18.54 AM Together with Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA), the IFHV is proud to announce the launch of a joint initiative called "The Humanitarian Blog".  The first post within this partnership includes some familiar faces. The #IFHV's Director, Prof Pierre Thielbörger, as well as current visiting professor and former DG ECHO Commissioner, Christos Stylianides, authored a blogpost titled: "Some Thoughts on the COVID-19 Crisis, Humanitarianism and the European Union." Check it out [here]. Want to see some of the other posts like "We need to talk about Principles" by John Mitchell of ALNAP or "The Politicised and Criminalised Contexts of Counterterrorism" by Charlotte Faltas of CHA? Visit the website [here].

24 August 2020

Newsletter 1 2020 The IFHV Summer 2020 Newsletter is now available online. Check it out to see what has been happening at the institue over the past few months, what we have planned for the rest of the year, and get a list of some of our staff's most recent publications. 

Read it [here].

14 August 2020

thielboerger 300 The IFHV's director, Prof Pierre Thielbörger, published a blog post on the Völkerrechtsblog. The post, titled "Flashbangs against Empowerment", discusses the violence in Belarus following its recent election and the human rights implications of the government crackdown on protestors. 

You can read the post on the Völkerrechtsblog [here].

You can also read the post in German on the website of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum [here].

14 August 2020

ackermann 300 Tobias Ackermann published an blog post on the Völkerrechtsblog on the complaint filed with the ICC on Brazilian President Bolsonaro's COVID-19 response. He argues that the threshold for a Crime against humanity is not met in this instance. Read it on the Völkerrechtsblog website [here].

11 August 2020

Wuschka 300 The IFHV’s associated member Sebastian Wuschka contributed a chapter to the recently published volume “The Legality of Economic Activities in Occupied Territories: International, EU Law and Business and Human Rights Perspectives”, edited by Antoine Duval & Eva Kassoti of the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague. Sebastian’s piece looks at investment claims in relation to occupied or annexed territories from a policy angle. Further information on the volume can be found [here].


17 July 2020

masadeh 300 Research Associate, Mais Masadeh participated in an alumni dicsussion with the Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa. The workshop aimed to generate creative ideas on methods to foster a meaningful dialogue amid current challenges in the region. Mais presented on social challenges in Jordan and how transforming traditional methods of social activities can assist in meeting contemporary challenges and ensure social services to includisve participation. The workship hosted alumnae from Sweden, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, and Iraq and resulted itn gathering ideas for future collaboration. 

16 July 2020

bertamini 300 The IFHV'S research associate Maximilian Bertamini was awarded a scholarship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) for his PhD project "Space Mining between Sovereignty and Property". The project is supervised by Prof Dr Pierre Thielbörger and examines the legality of property acquisition by states and private entitites in outer space. 


15 July 2020

kring 300 Franziska Kring recently published her PhD thesis, "Responsibility to protect (R2P) revisited - towards climate change-related obligations of states?", in the series "Bochumer Schriften zur Friedenssicherung und zum Humanitären Völkerrecht". In it, she applies the concept of R2P, which was originally intended to prevent human rights violations, to climate change-related catastrophes. To this effect, she argues that state responses to such events correspond perfectly with the R2P framework. She concludes that, although a general obligation of states to take measures to mitigate climate change cannot be based on R2P, its application in the case of climate change-related humanitarian catastrophes is politically and morally justified.

9 July 2020

funke 300 On July 9, 2020, the IFHV's Carolin Funke successfully defended her doctoral thesis “Practices and Politics of Norm Implementation – Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons in Georgia,” at Ruhr-University Bochum's Faculty of Social Science. During this project, Carolin conducted six months of field research in Zugdidi, a town near the Administrative Boundary Line of Abkhazia. The dissertation was supervised by the IFHV’s Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul and Prof. Dr. Jessica Pflüger (Juniorprofessor and Chair of Qualitative Research Methodology, RUB). 

Congratulations, Carolin!

8 July 2020

heintze 300 Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze taught via zoom in the Regional Summer School on International Humanitarian Law organised by the ICRC and American University of Armenia. The course, which took place over zoom and included 40 participants from Soviet states. Prof. Heintze's lecture cover the relationship between Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law, arguing that the two bodies of law can no longer be separated from one another. 

2 July 2020

gudehus 300 Dr Gudehus spoke with Le Centre Interdsciplinaire d'études et de Recherches sur l'Allemagne rassemble (CIERA) about his experience in distance teaching during the COVID-19 epidemic. The video was uploaded to CIERA's youtube and can be found [here]

23 June 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Mais Masadeh. You can access "Germany's Commitment to International Justice: On the Groundbreaking Frist Trial Addressing Genocide against the Yazidis" through our website [Part 1Part 2] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

20 June 2020

johais 300 Eva Johais, together with Daniel Kambach and Markus Bayer, published an article titled “How do states collapse? Towards a model of causal mechanisms". They write that “[w]hat distinguishes collapsed states from cases with weak institutions or ‘fragile states’ is the centrality of protracted conflict between rival political forces and its effect on the institutional capacity of the state. In this perspective, state collapse is an essentially political phenomenon: If institutions were functioning, such conflicts could be more easily managed or avoided.”

The article can be found in Global Change, Peace & Security [here].

14 June 2020

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The IFHV's Prof Thielbörger authored several chapters in the recently published "Handwörterbuch des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublik Deutschland".

Prof Thielbörger's three chapters, titled "Freiheitliche demokratische Grundordnung", "Grundgesetz – Verfassung/Verfassungsreform", and "Notstandsverfassung", cover a variety of topics on German Constitutional Law and German Politics.

Access the book [here].

12 June 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Will Jamison Wright. You can access ""No Quarter for Insurrectionists" TROUBLING USE OF RHETORIC IN RESPONSE TO THE BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS" through our website [Part 1Part 2] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

12 June 2020

Screen Shot 2020 06 12 at 7.36.31 PM Prof Thielbörger and Timeela Manandhar wrote a blog post titled "(Blood) Diamonds are a Company's Best Friend?" on the Verfassungsblog. The post, written in German, discusses the role of private companies in financing armed conflict and the need for a German law on supply chains to combat this.

Read it on the Verfassungsblog website [here].

11 June 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Lorenz Rubner. Please follow the links to access "Ohrenbetäubendes Schweigen. ZUR BLOCKADE DES SICHERHEITSRATES IM KAMPF GEGEN COVID-19" through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

11 June 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Stephan Kolossa. Please follow the links to access "Bewaffnete Drohnen für die Bundeswehr? ZUR VÖLKERRECHTSMÄSSIGKEIT BEWAFFNETER DROHNENEINSÄTZE" through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

10 June 2020

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The monthly IFHV research colloquium continues to evolve with the times.

Last month we were completely online. This month we are implementing blended learning with social distancing!

Special thanks to Prof Heintze and Carolin Funke for the presentations.

9 June 2020

Screen Shot 2020 07 02 at 9.46.32 AM Eva Johais, together with Daniel Kambach and Markus Bayer, published an article titled “Militarization, factionalism and political transitions: an inquiry into the causes of state collapse”. In it, they conclude, “[T]hese results challenge some of the more structuralist explanations in the literature and show that state collapse has a complex causal structure distinct from the more general phenomenon of state fragility.”

The article can be found in the Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft [here].

 5 June 2020  
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IFHV Statement on the Black Lives Matter protests:

The current Black Lives Matter protests are shining spotlight on many of the systemic racial inequalities inherent in political, judicial, and social systems not only in the United States but around the World. These protests cry out for institutions like the IFHV to not only engage in research on racism and inequalities within our fields of study, but to also reflect on how best to understand and use our privilege to combat inequalities in a broader sense. As students, educators, and researchers on human rights and humanitarian issues, we pledge to do our best moving forward. We will:

- critically reflect on how racism inherent in our society affects our academic programmes, research, and operations as an institute,

- work to include more diverse voices amongst our lecturers and literature

- encourage our faculty to explore questions of race, privilege, and inequality in their research on the human rights and humanitarian action

- not shy away from discussions on the role of race and privilege in the field of international law, humanitarian action, and academia

The IFHV team

26 May 2020  
COVID19 Session3 Part 3 of our 3 part webinar series together with Verfassungsblog on the political and legal implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. This last webinar focuses on the impact of the crisis on the political and legal implications of the epidemic on a global scale. The conversation, titled "Universally Accepted but Temporarily Neglected?" - COVID-19 as a crisis for Human Rights and Multilateralism, brought together former UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Philip Alston, Marco Sassóli of the Geneva Academy of IHL and Human RightsGian Luca Burci and Nico Kirsch from the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Katrin Radtke and Eva Johais of the IFHV. The conversation was moderated by Pierre Thielbörger of the IFHV

You can watch the webinar [here].

25 May 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Timeela Manandhar and Rouven Diekjobst. Please follow the links to access "Follow the Money and See Where It Goes. UNMASKING THE EU’S LIBYA PROGRAMME – PART II" through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

25 May 2020
bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Timeela Manandhar and Rouven Diekjobst. Please follow the links to access "Follow the Money and See Where It Goes. UNMASKING THE EU’S LIBYA PROGRAMME – PART I" through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

25 May 2020

9783319144535 Springer has made a number of journals and textbooks open-access due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes the NOHA Textbook in International Humanitarian Action, which was edited by Prof Thielbörger and Prof Heintze and includes a number of contributions from academics from our partner universities in the NOHA Network

You can access the textbook via SpringerLink [here]

23 May 2020

Screen Shot 2020 05 23 at 12.16.17 PM Dr Gudehus and Fiza Lee-Winter of the IFHV are the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention. They are pleased to announce the publication of the first issue in 2020. Following a series of special issues last year, this includes a collection of articles that reveal the enormous breadth of topics and approaches in the field. It is the intention and hope of the editors that this diversity will open up a dialogue between the disciplines.

You can access the articles from the most recent issue [here]

23 May 2020


Prof Dijkzeul recently published a chapter in the Handbuch Krisenforschung from F. Bösch, N. Deitelhoff, and S. Kroll. The chapter, titled "Wann ist eine humanitäre Krise eine humanitäre Krise? Zur Defintion und Auslegung eines vagen Begriffspaares."

Purchase the book or the chapter at the Springer website [here].

22 May 2020

masadeh 300 Mais Masadeh published an article on the Just Security website of the Reiss Center on Law and Security of the New York University Law School. The article, "A Lost Phone Brings a Female ISIS Returnee to Trial for Crimes Against Humanity", covers the case of a Omaima A. in Germany, examining how Germany has dealt with this case and how other European countries are dealing with ISIS returnees. 

Check out the article on the Just Security website [here].

19 May 2020

COVID19 Session2 Part 2 of our 3 part webinar series together with Verfassungsblog on the political and legal implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. This second webinar focuses on the impact of the crisis on the political and legal system in Europe. The conversation, titled "Whatever it takes?" - COVID-19 as a (existential) crisis for the European Union, brought together former EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, Anna-Katharina Mangold of the Europa-Universität FlensburgKim Lane Scheppele from Princeton University, and Ana Bobič and Mark Dawson of the Hertie School. The conversation was moderated by Sinthiou Buszewski of the Verfassungsblog

You can watch the webinar [here].

18 May 2020

thielboerger 300 Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, the IFHV’s Executive Director, has been named as the Vertrauensdozent (Liaison Professor) for Ruhr-Universität Bochum to the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), following a decision by the foundation’s board of directors. The Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes is Germany's largest and oldest scholarship organization for the academically gifted students and PhD students. Its goal is to promote current and future academic excellence together with social responsibility and societal initiative.

In his new function as "Vertrauensdozent", Prof. Dr. Thielbörger works closely with a group of scholarship holders at the RUB. He has previously been active in multiple functions for the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes including sitting on the permanent selection committee for PhD students and being involved in the organizing and teaching of summer schools and other events. "I am very honored about this new position", says Prof. Dr. Thielbörger, "and I am much looking forward to working with these highly gifted and motivated students and PhD students in Bochum."

This isn’t the only connection between the IFHV and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. A number of our current student assistants and PhD students are previous or current holders of scholarships from the foundation including Benedikt Behlert, Max Bertamini, Vanessa Bliecke, Robin Ramsahye, and Alina Wolski

Congratulations, Prof. Dr. Thielbörger!

18 May 2020

Screen Shot 2020 05 18 at 8.34.18 AM Prof Dijkzeul recently published a chapter together with Annalisa Addis (a former PhD student at the IFHV) in the recent book Globale Wanderungsbewegungen: Beiträge der internationalen Zusammenarbeit zum Umgang mit Flucht und Migration. Their chapter was titled "Übergang von der humanitären Hilfe zur Entwicklungszusammenarbeit: Vergleich von LRRD, humanitärer Übergangshilfe und Resilienz". To purchase the book or the chapter, visit:

12 May 2020

COVID19 Session1 Part 1 of our 3 part webinar series together with Verfassungsblog on the political and legal implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. This first webinar focuses on the impact of the crisis on the political and legal system in Germany. The conversation, titled "Schaffen wir das?" - COVID-19 as a crisis for German law and politics, brought together former German Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheuser-Schnarrenberger, Christoph Möllers of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Anika Klafki from the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Andrea Römmele of the Hertie School and Pierre Thielbörger and Benedikt Behlert of the IFHV. The conversation was moderated by Max Steinbeis of the Verfassungsblog

You can watch the webinar [here].

5 May 2020

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"Taking actions as a starting point of research on collective violence removes the need to reconcile what can hardly be grasped morally with the often still normal existence (before the act of violence, during the act of violence and after the act of violence) of people carrying out this violence.“

This quote comes from the IFHV’s Dr Gudehus recent article titled “Action Action Action” in the Journal of Perpetrator Research. To read the article, visit:

24 April 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Vanessa Bliecke. Please follow the links to access "Leaving No One Behind? SPECIAL NEEDS IN TIMES OF COVID-19" through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

23 April 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini. Please follow the links to access "Mine, Mine, Mine!
 through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

23 April 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by Marius Fritz. Please follow the link to access "Grenzfall Corona
 through our [Website].

21 April 2020

Workshop2020 1 Seite 1 he Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) in cooperation with the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) hosted interdisciplinary workshop on "Privacy, Data Protection, and Surveillance". The event took place on 21 April 2020 at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS). . Find more information [here].

 16 April 2020

behlert 300 Using a SYLFF research abroad grant, Research Associate Benedikt Behlert spent four months from September 2019 to January 2020 as a junior visiting fellow at the Graduate Institue of International and Development Studies in Geneva where he work on his PhD project on the administrative procedures required to protect human rights.

He recently wrote about the his experiences in Geneva on the SYLFF website, here: []

14 April 2020

bofax19 The IFHV's Alina Wolski has published the most recent BOFAX, "Wo kein Richter, da kein Wähler" on Rule of Law and Electoral Reform in Poland. You can read here article (in German) at the [Völkerrechtsblog] or on our [Website].

 6 April 2020

meis 300 Mareike Meis published a chapter, titled "The Ambivalent Aesthetics and Perception of Mobile Phone Videos: A (De-)Escalating Factor for the Syrian Conflict" in the new book Theorising Media and Conflict. The book, edited by Philipp Budka and Birgit Bräuchler, brings together anthropologists as well as media and communication scholars to collectively address the elusive and complex relationship between media and conflict. The Mareike Meis' chapter links the perception of and experiences with mobile phone videos of conflict-affected Syrians to an ambivalent de/escalation effect for the Syrian conflict. 

More information on the book can be found [here].

1 April 2020

Screen Shot 2020 04 02 at 3.34.32 PM Coping with the COVID- 19 outbreak doesn't just mean that we've had to get used to teaching online, but IFHV meetings have also gone digital. We may not be in the office, but we're still working on research and teaching, so feel free to reach out!

30 March 2020

Screen Shot 2020 03 30 at 8.14.21 PM Prof Thielbörger and Benedikt Behlert followed-up on their article about the Grundgesetz and COVID-19  with an article titled: "COVID-19 und das Grundgesetz: Neue Gedanken vor dem Hintergrund neuer Gesetze". Here they argue that the new "Geschäftsordnung und des Infektionsschutzgesetzes" (IfSG) makes the shortcomings seen in their original post apparent once again.

You can read their article at the Verfassungsblog, here: []

26 March 2020

thielboerger 300 The Landeszeitung Lüneburg interviewed the IFHV's Director, Prof. Pierre Thielbörger, on the COVID19 pandemic and its legal implications.

You can read it (in German) [here].

19 March 2020

Screen Shot 2020 03 19 at 10.11.07 AM The IFHV's director Prof Thielbörger and research associate Benedikt Behlert recently published an article on Verfassungsblog about the current COVID19 outbreak. In the article, they ask whether the German Grundgesetz is well equipped to tackle an epidemic, like COVID19, and come to the conclusion that there is great room for improvement regarding the constitution’s fitness to address such a crisis. It was translated and published on the Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

You can read the article in German here: [] or in English here: []

18 March 2020

ifhv logo In reaction to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and in line with the policies of national and local governments as well as the Ruhr University Bochum, the IFHV will be closed as of March 18th, 2020. Our staff and faculty will be working remotely and can still be contacted electronically. We are currently in the process of transitioning our classes to be offered online to ensure the continuation of our academic programmes. 

4 - 8 March 2020  
ifhv logo At the beginning of March, many members of the IFHV were involved in the different aspects of the Jessup Moot Court. The University of Bochum’s Jessup Moot Court Team reached the quarter-finals of the German national rounds in Göttingen (March 4-8). The IFHV's student assistants Vanessa Bliecke (team member) and Rouven Diekjobst (student coach) were an essential part of this year's team, with Vanessa taking home the prize for best respondent memorial. The team is coached by the Chair of Prof. Dr. Adelheid Puttler and the Centre for International Affairs (ZFI).  Beyond this, the IFHV’s research associates Benedikt Behlert and Maximilian Bertamini attended the European Jessup Moot Court Friendly in Prague, where they served as judges for the Oralists. 

5 & 6 March 2020

IMG 1091 As part of their research project “The Functioning of NGO Networks in Humanitarian CrisesProf. Bill DeMars of Wofford College and the IFHV's Dennis Dijkzeul held a two day workshop in Bochum. Together with the participants they discussed the kinds of sources and evidence that have been used to establish the complex coexistence of conflict and cooperation in NGOS and networks. They provided an intellectual history of network theory in International Relations. Using the concept of manifest and latent agendas, they indicated why the simultaneity of conflict and cooperation in NGOs is rarely noticed in International Relations theory, and why this is nevertheless crucial for a more comprehensive understanding of international relations. On the second day of the workshop, Adam Widera presented on networks in logistics. In addition, Carolin Funke, Darina Pellowska, and Sergio Grandados Chahin discussed the role of networks and network theory in their dissertations.

4 March 2020

funke 300 Carolin Funke participated in a roundtable at the Overseas Development Institute in London – a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.  The roundtable “Implementing the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action” was organized jointly by the Humanitarian Policy Group and Islamic Relief on behalf of the Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Practitioners and researchers shared challenges, opportunities and effective approaches on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action and discussed opportunities for further collaboration. Carolin presented preliminary findings from her field research in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She later gave a presentation about her field research at the Humanity and Inclusion office.  These activities are part of the project “Phase 2 – Leave No One Behind! Mainstreaming of Disability in Humanitarian Action”, which the IFHV jointly implements with Handicap International Germany and Christoffel Blindenmission Deutschland e.V. and is funded by the German Foreign Office

2 March 2020

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Wilkommen, to our new visitng professor! Our NOHA and EMA students had their first classes with our visiting Professor, Prof Gerd Oberleitner

Prof Oberleitner is UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security, associate professor of international law, and Director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. His main research interests are in international human rights law, the law of international organisations, international humanitarian law and human security. He is co-editor of the European Yearbook of Human Rights and of the publication series Human Rights Go Local.

24 February 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Özgen Özdemir. Please follow the links to access "DEUTSCHLAND ALS AMICUS CURIAE - Zur Debatte um die Staatlichkeit Palästinas als Voraussetzung der Jurisdiktion des Int. Strafgerichtshofs" through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

21 February 2020

gudehus 300 Dr Gudehus wrote an essay in response to the events in Hanau that was published in the [Tagespiegel]. This article, published in German, is titled: "Gewalt ist eine emotional und körperlich spürbare Form der Selbstermächtigung".

 13 February 2020


Professor Dijkzeul, together with Prof Margit Fauser of the Darmstadt Uiversity of Applied Sciences, published a book titled "Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs". 

To order the book, visit the Routledge Website [here].

7 February 2020

funke 300 Between January 11 and February 7, Carolin Funke did field research in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The objective of the research stay was to document good practices that foster disability inclusion in the humanitarian response and to understand how humanitarian actors mainstream disability in their projects and programs.  Carolin conducted expert interviews with representatives from UN agencies, organizations of persons with disabilities, and international and national NGOs. She also visited the Kutupalong refugee camp on numerous occasions and visited host community projects of the local NGO Center for Disability in Development (CDD). On 14 January, Carolin presented the research objectives to an audience of humanitarian organizations during the bi-weekly Protection Working Group Meeting at UNHCR’s office in Cox’s Bazar.

This field research was carried out within the project “Phase 2 – Leave No One Behind! Mainstreaming Disability in Humanitarian Action” that is implemented jointly with HI Germany and CBM Germany and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office

18 February 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Svea Brück and Judith Prasse. Please follow the links to access "Undermining past efforts? On the legality of using anti-personnel mines" through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

4 February 2020

ifhv logo The IFHV together with the Centre for Humanitarian Action and the Universität Siegen, organized a workshop in Berlin that reflected on "Basic humanitarian issues from the perspective of science and practice". Scholars and practitioners discussed localization, politicization and peacebuilding. They also looked at their differences and similarities in approaching these issues.

Further information on this event can be found [Here]

January 2020  
thielboerger 300 Our Executive Director, Prof Thielbörger, authored a chapter in the recently published book, "The Cambridge Handbook of New Human Rights – Recognition, Novelty, Rhetoric" edited by Andreas von Arnauld, Kerstin von der Decken, and Mart Susi. In his chapter, titled "'Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue': Lessons to be Learned from the Oldest of the ‘New’ Rights – the Human Right to Water", Prof Thielbörger writes about "ways in which the human right to water is unique (and should not be compared to other new human rights), but […] at the same time discuss[es] ways in which the right to water is a prototype of a new human right." You can check out this chapter and the rest of the book here:…/C283B7739E0A8B89565488554729AE06

31 January 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Patrick Gardiner. Please follow the links to access "From Persecution to Poverty - Trump’s Guatemala ‘agreement’ and the expansion of the ‘safe third country’ principle"  through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

30 January 2020

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Benedikt Behlert. You can access "A significant opening - On the HRC’s groundbreaking first ruling in the case of a “climate refugee" through our website [Part 1,
Part 2] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

28 January 2020

beckmann 300 IFHV's Alina Bergedieck gave a lecture at the Evangelische Stadtakademie Bochum. She presented excerpts from her dissertation "In Search of a Safe Haven - Life History Research among Migrants in the Münsterland." The thesis presents 26 biographies and migration stories of migrants from 11 countries who came to Germany between 2011 and 2015. Based on empirical data, Alina discussed the causes of flight and the role biographical events play in migration decisions. Finally, she presented current findings from the research project "Organisational Perspectives on Human Security Standards for Refugees in Germany" funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and conducted at the IFHV and RUB. The project has been investigating the accommodation situation of refugees in two communities in NRW since 2017.

18 January 2020

82257988 2005318559614789 3267842162267521024 n Today, students from our NOHA Masters Programme Humanitarian Action joined volunteers for the German Red Cross and students from Ruhr University Bochum and Münster University for Applied Sciences for a joint exercise. In the middle of downtown Bochum, the students and volunteers built tents which served as their classrooms for a series of lectures from humanitarian and civil protection practitioners. The exercise also served as a way to raise awareness on humanitarian action and the work of organizations like the Red Cross amongst the pedestrians that walked past.

Thanks to everyone who braved the cold temperatures to come out and #beNOHA!

13 January 2020

thielboerger 300 The IFHV's Prof. Pierre Thielbörger recently served as an expert at a public hearing in the German Bundestag concerning foreign missions of the German Bundeswehr. Prof. Thielbörger was invited by the parliamentary committee to comment on a possible legislative change of the Federal Constitutional Court Act. The statement can now be accessed [here].

8 January 2020

dijkzeul 300borgmann 300 The IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul and Carolin Borgmann held a Workshop on “Resilience through social cohesion in Ostbevern” in the municipal council chamber of Ostbevern. Together with colleagues from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, they gathered representatives from local government, charities, church communities, neighbourhood organizations and civil protection organizations Workshop participants discussed permanent, acute and potential local challenges, crises and disasters, as well as local resources, (potential) strategies and actions to strengthen social cohesion and intra- and intergovernmental cooperation. The event provided important results for the research project „Resilience through social cohesion – The role of organisations“ (ResOrt), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Please follow the [link] for more information on the project.

31 December 2019  
ifhv logo The IFHV team wishes all its friends and partners a Happy New Year! We sincerely thank you for all the support you have given us this year. We look forward to seeing you again in 2020 and continuing our cooperation with you.

24 December 2019

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Laura Hofmann. Please follow the links to access "All Eyes on the Court - On the ICJ hearings on provisional measure in The Gambia v. Myanmar"  through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

20 December 2019

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Vanessa Bliecke and Rouven Diekjobst. You can access "Trumping Mexico's Sovereignty? On a potential US extension of the 'War on Terror' to a 'War on Cartels'" through our [Website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

19 December 2019

masadeh 300 Today, the IFHV’s Mais Masadeh gave a presentation on the “Considerations to Conceptualize and Operationalize the Term Social Resilience in Forced Migration Context” as part of the PhD colloquium at Ruhr University's faculty of social sciences. The presentation highlighted a significant divergence between context and scope of resilience in ongoing global migration movements and stressed the importance of considering factors in countries of origin when examining social resilience in migrants' lives in exile.

18 December 2019

bliecke 300 The IFHV's Vanessa Bliecke has published a new piece with Völkerrechtsblog. Please follow the [link] to access "No voice, no rights,no protection? The legal status of animals under international law".

18 December 2019

newsletter 2 2019 The Winter Edition of our bi-annual [Newsletter]  is out, highlighting IFHV activities from the second half of 2019.

Enjoy the read!

17 December 2019

plakat feierstein page 001 Today, Daniel Feierstein gave a guest lecture at the IFHV, entitled "Human Rights? What a good idea! From universal jurisdiction to crime prevention". Sociologist Feierstein is the Director of the Centre of Genocide Studies at the National University of Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
His books and articles have been critical in the qualification of the crimes committed in Argentina during military rule  as genocide, established by 9 different tribunals from 2006 on.

16 December 2019

heihohuv The new issue of "Humanitäres Völkerrecht/Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict" (HuV/JILPAC) edited by the IFHV has just been published. This issue's topic is "Schutzbedürftige Gruppen" - "Vulnerable Groups".

Please follow the [link] to access the editorial and table of contents.

13 December 2019

florenz flyer The IFHV's Prof. Pierre Thielbörger, together with the Institute's Rouven Diekjobst and Vanessa Bliecke organized the conference "Regional Human Rights Systems from a Comparative Perspective", held at the Law Department of Florence's European University Institute on 12 and 13 December. The event brought together a number of leading academics and practitioners, discussing current developments in several human rights systems, including the African, Arab- European and Inter-American mechanisms.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the programme.

11 December 2019

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Stephan Koloßa. You can access "Does Policy 'Trump' International Law - On the Legality of the US Statement regarding Israel's Settlement Policy" through our website [LINK] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

9 December 2019

masadeh 300 Today, the IFHV’s Mais Masadeh attended a talk by Nobel Peace Price laureate Nadia Murad at the Stiftung Mercator on the persecution of the Yazidi by the Islamic State. In response to the atrocities, the German State of Baden-Württemberg received and assisted 1,200 Yazidi women and children. Mais' PhD research examines the lives and experiences of these survivors during and after the conflict. Several of them, including Nadia, made up the target group of her study. In the wake of her captivity by Islamic State forces, Nadia Murad has been advocating for victims of war and became the UN Special Ambassador for the rights of victims of human trafficking in 2016.

9 December 2019

lauri Today, Professor Lauri Mälksoo gave a guest lecture on "Russian Approaches to International Law" at the IFHV, with RUB Faculty of Law's Dr. Isabella Risini commenting. Lauri Mälksoo, based at Estonia's University of Tartu is currently Visiting Professor of International Law at the IFHV, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He mainly lectures in the Law Module of the IFHV administered Master Programme of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA).

29 November 2019

heintze 300 IFHV's Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze served as co-editor of the volume "Just Policing", which has just been published with Springer. Author contributions discuss the differences between the employment of force in military and law enforcement contexts and the underlying legal bases and theories. In his piece, Prof. Heintze addresses the concept of just policing in the framework of international law.

Please follow the [link] to access the book.

28 November 2019

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by IFHV's Robin Ramsahye. You can access "India's Mosque that was and Temple that will be - On the Issue of Minority Land Rights in International Law" through our website or on Völkerrechtsblog.

27 November 2019

flyerfreedomofspeech hertie school page 001 cut The IFHV's Prof. Pierre Thielbörger, together with the Institute's Mareike Meis, Özgen Özdemir, Sonja Schäfer and Alina Wolski in cooperation with Prof. Mark Dawson organized the academic panel discussion "Press freedom in crisis in Europe and the Arab world?".
The event, held at Berlin's Hertie School, brought together prominent academics, activists and journalists, including expert on media discourse Prof. Hanan Badr, scholar and author Hatice Cengiz, investigative journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia, German spokesperson of Reporters without Borders Katja Gloger, human rights activist Lina Al-Hathloul and political talk show host Frank Plasberg.
Discussants explored whether the belief in freedom of speech as one of the foremost fundamental rights is currently eroding in the light of political pressure on journalists, hate speech on social media and inflammatory use of the label "fake news".

Please follow the [link] for more information on the programme.

15 November 2019

sylff flyer The IFHV's Benedikt Behlert and Robin Ramsahye, together with Corinna Land and supported by the IFHV's Alina Wolski and Özgen Özdemir organised the conference "Forced Migration in Transition: Perspectives from Social Science and Law", held at Ruhr University Bochum's "Blue Square" on 14 and 15 November. Benedikt, Corinna and Robin are current and former members of the Sylff Mikrokolleg on Forced Migration (see here), established by RUB Research School in cooperation with the Tokyo Foundation. In four panel sessions, the interdisciplinary event brought together scholars and practitioners to explore transitions of concepts, perspectives, law and civic spaces that are transforming migration-related scholarship and practice. Panelists debated a range of topics, discussing forced migration as part of broader issues within international legal and social scientific research. The organisers would like to thank RUB Research School and the Tokyo Foundation for generously supporting the event.

Please follow the [link] to access the conference programme. For a brief interview by journalist Isabel Schayani with fellow panelist Dr. Itamar Mann from the University of Haifa, see [here].

14 November 2019

funke 300 On 13 and 14 November 2019, IFHV’s Carolin Funke participated in the workshop “Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction” in Cologne, Germany. The workshop was organized within the framework of the project “Phase 2 – Leave No One Behind: Mainstreaming of Disability in Humanitarian Action”, which the IFHV jointly implements with Handicap International (HI) and Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
During the workshop, CBM experts sensitized project officers and managers from German humanitarian organizations to disability inclusion as a cross-cutting theme in disaster risk reduction and raised awareness of guidelines, tools and strategies for disability-inclusion in disaster risk reduction programmes.

12 November 2019

posterpresentation k Today, IFHV's Judith Prasse and Rouven Diekjobst participated in the opening of a poster exhibition on Business and Human Rights organized by Ruhr-University's Law and Global Challenges Study Group. Together with Ella Schönleben, they presented a poster on the sale of weapons to the arab coalition involved in the conflict in Yemen. Click [here] to learn more about the exhibition, which will be displayed in the University Library until January.

6 November 2019

lee 300 The IFHV's Fiza Winter-Lee was awarded a doctoral scholarship by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for her PhD project on "The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and its Regional Response", supervised by Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze. Congratulations!

5 November 2019

hansemoot Together with three other students, the IFHV’s Alina Wolski won the HanseMoot Court competition in German constitutional law.
The students competed against fifteen German university teams. The final rounds took place on 4-5 November at the University of Hamburg and the Hamburg Higher Regional Court. After publication of the case in May, the students filed written submissions and, later on, defended the parties in oral pleadings. The half-year preparation paid off: Bochum’s HanseMoot team won the first prize. Congratulations!

You can find more information on the RUB [website] and in the [press release].

5 November 2019

dijkzeul 300 In a new blog entry with the Global Policy Journal on "New Directions in Humanitarian Governance: Technology, Juridification and Criminalization", the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik reflect on new directions in humanitarian governance and the ambiguity of some of the principal techniques.
The blog entry is based on a recent piece published in a special issue of "Disasters" on Humanitarian Governance that was edited by both authors.

You can access the blog entry [here].

31 October 2019

heintze 300 The IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze spoke on the "Applicarion of IHL by Judges in National Proceedings" at the Seventh Regional Seminar on Implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), held between 29 and 31 October in Minsk, Belarus. The event was organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus.

30 October 2019

bofax19 We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Benedikt Behlert and Maximilian Bertamini. You can access "In dubio contra bellum - Why the Prohibition to Use Force will survive Turkey's Operation Peace Spring" through our website [Part 1, Part 2] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

29 October 2019

borgmann 300 Within the context of the project „Resilience through social cohesion – The role of organisations“ (ResOrt), the IFHV’s Carolin Borgmann organised a workshop on „Social cohesion in international humanitarian assistance – modes of application in German municipalities“ at the 2019 conference for disaster prevention of the German Red Cross.
Held in Berlin, the workshop started with a presentation of premlinary project results. Taking up on those, the workshop participants discussed international examples of promoting social cohesion in communities and their transferability to the German context.

Please follow the [link] for more information on ResOrt

22 October 2019

thielboerger 300 The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger was interviewed by Legal Tribune Online and commented on Turkey's military offensive in Northern Syria. Please follow the [link] to access the piece (in German) on why Turkey's actions violate international law.

19 October 2019

heintze 300kolossa 300bertamini 300özdemir 300manandhar 300 This weekend, the IFHV, the German Red-Cross Regional Branch of Lower Saxony (DRK-Landesverband Niedersachsen), and the Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony (Nds. Justizministerium) held the long-established annual training seminar "Tagung für Rechtsrefrendare und Konventionsbeauftragte" in Bad Pyrmont. The IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini, Hans-Joachim Heintze, Stephan Koloßa, Özgen Özdemir and Timeela Manandhar presented on IHL and current challenges, including cyber warfare, IHL and the Syrian conflict, the relationship between IHL and international human rights law and international criminal law as a means of enforcing IHL.

17 October 2019

masadeh 300 Today, the IFHV's Mais Masadeh presented a research paper on the social ambiguities and ambivalences encompassing the situation of refugees in Germany at the Third DAAD PhD Colloquium, which took place at TU Dortmund. The colloquium series, a cooperative endeavour between the TU's International Office and the DAAD Freundeskreis club, enables international doctoral candidates and guest researchers at the TU, as well as DAAD scholarship holders from throughout the Ruhr area to present their research projects and discuss them with an interdisciplinary audience. The focus lies on fostering dialogue that exceeds disciplinary boundaries, so that presenters can acquire and improve upon competencies in scientific communication.

14 October 2019

thielboerger 300kolossa 300 The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger and Stephan Koloßa, together with Christine Utz and Thorsten Holz have just published a new article on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO). They present initial research findings on the DSGVO's implications for internet services and future potential legislative projects worldwide.

Please follow the [link] to access a preview of the piece.

11 October 2019

dijkzeul 300 Many refugees now living in Germany have faced traumatic experiences, before and during their flight as well as after their arrival. Such experiences can lead to mental disorders including depression, anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder. As a result, the demand for culture-sensitive diagnosis, as well as measures for prevention and treatment, have grown rapidly. On 10 and 11 October, approximately 70 scholars from seven associations, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, met in Bochum to discuss their collaborative projects in the area of​ ​clinical research. These aim to develop scientifically sound and culturally sensitive approaches to address challenges in the treatment of refugees. As a basis for international comparison and to provide an external perspective, the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul gave the introductory lecture on different forms of support for refugees and IDPs in northern Uganda and South Sudan. He indicated that, so far, psychological care only plays a minor role in international aid efforts towards displaced people.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the event.

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