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Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)
Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)
Bochumer Fenster, 4th floor
Massenbergstraße 9 B
44787 Bochum

Room: 4.15
Tel.: +49 234 32-27934
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RESEARCH FOCUS Public International Law, International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, German Constitutional Law, Climate Change in Law and Governance.
10/2014 Appointment as Executive Director ('Geschäftsführender Direktor'), IFHV, RUB.     
04/2014 Chair for Public Law and International Law, esp. International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Faculty of Law, IFHV, RUB.
03/2014 Positive Evaluation of Juniorprofessorship (03/2011-03/2014), RUB.
2011-2014 Juniorprofessor for International Law and International Humanitarian Law, IFHV, and since 2012 co-opted at the Faculty of Law, RUB.

2006-2010 Doctoral Dissertation (PhD) in International Law, 'The Human Right(s) to Water', European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy.
2008-2010 Master of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government (HKS), Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

2000-2006 University Exam in Journalism & Communication Studies, Institute for Journalism, University of Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany).
2000-2005 First German Legal State Exam (with distinction, 'gut'). Legal studies at the Universities of Hamburg, McGill (Montréal, Canada) and Humboldt (Berlin, Germany).
Positions, Awards, Scholarships and Research Grants (Selection)
2018 Election as Co.-Director of the ‘Zentrum für Internationales’, Law Faculty, Ruhr University Bochum.
2017 Election as Co.-Convener of the Interest Group ‘Human Rights’ of the European Society of International Law (ESIL).
2016 Election as President of the NOHA General Assembly.
2015 Appointment as Permanent Member in the PhD Selection Committee of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
2014 Award of Membership in the Arab-German Young Academy (AGYA), Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities & Stiftung Leopoldina.
2014 Hertie School of Governance Student Association (HSA) 'Best Teacher Award' for the course 'Law and Governance' voted by HSoG students.
2011 - 2013 Membership in the Global Young Faculty for excellent young researchers at universities in the Ruhr region, Mercator Foundation Research Center Ruhr.
2011 Award of Career Integration Grant (Seventh EU Framework Programme) for a project about the future of the right to water.
2010 Harvard Kennedy School 'Dean's Award for Excellency in Student Teaching 2010'.
2010 'Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center PAE Human Rights Award 2010'.
2008 - 2010 McCloy Scholarship from Harvard University, the 'Haniel Stiftung' and the 'Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes' for a Master of 'Public Policy' at the Harvard Kennedy School.
2006 - 2008 Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for PhD thesis at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy.
2001 - 2006 General scholarship of the 'Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes'.
1999 - 2006 Awarded several German scholarships, e.g. by the 'Gemeinnützige Hertie Stiftung', 'Studienkolleg zu Berlin', 'DAAD' and 'Deutscher Bundestag'.
Organization and Moderation of Conferences and Symposia (Small Selection)
Since 2014 Organization and Moderation of the ‘Bochumer Vorträge zum Völkerrecht’, 1-2 lectures per year.
Since 2011 Organization and Moderation IFHV Cluster Colloquium-Series regarding International Humanitarian Law PLUS, 3-4 presentations per year.
2016 Panels: “Third Generation Human Rights” and “Human Rights in Humanitarian Crises”, both at the Conference: World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Changing Crises and the Quest for Adequate Solutions, 5-8 March, Addis Abeba.
2014 Symposium – Organization and Moderation: Independence Movements in Europe: The Cases of Scotland and Eastern Ukraine, A Symposium in Honour of Joachim Wolf, 23 May 2014, Bochum.
2013 Co.-Conference Organization: From Cold War to Cyber War: 25 Years of IFHV and 20 Years of NOHA (with Prof. Dr. H.-J. Heintze, C. Lülf, and K. Behmer), 14/15 November 2013, Bochum.
2013 Co.-Organization and Co.-Moderation of a Panel Discussion as part of the Third World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Panel: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses, 26 October 2013, Istanbul.
2011 Organization and Moderation of the Panel Discussion Libya – Quo vadis?, 20 April 2011, Bochum.
University Administration (Selected)
11/2014 Election to the Executive Committee of RUB's Research School Plus (funded by the German Excellency Initiative) representing the Social Sciences.
2013 - 2014 Spokesperson of the NOHA Lecturers at RUB, NOHA Master.
2013 - 2014 Member of the Early Career Researcher Board, RUB Research School Plus.
2012 Representation of the Juniorprofessors in the final round of the RUB's candidature for the Excellency Initiative of German Universities.
Other Relevant Engagement and Memberships
Since 2017 Member in European Society of International Law (ESIL).
Since 2015 Main Coach of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team for the Hertie School of Governance (including German national champion (2nd place) in 2018 and German national champion (1st place) in 2019).
Since 2014 Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht [German Society of International Law].
Since 2013 Member of the Advisory Board of the Völkerrechtsblog [Blog of the Working Group of Young German International Lawyers].
Since 2011 Regular member in selection committees for different scholarship program, including the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, the Mercator Stiftung as well as the Hertie Stiftung.
Since 2011 Lecturer at several summer and spring academies at the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
2009-2010 Co.-spokesperson of the German McCloy Scholars at Harvard University.
2009 & 2010 Main Organizer of Harvard Kennedy School's Annual Ball ('Harvard Viennese Ball').
2007-2009 Associate Editor of Human Rights in International Investment Law and Arbitration, (P.-M. Dupuy, E.-U. Petersmann & F. Francioni (eds.)), OUP.
2006-2007 PhD Student-Representative & Member of Academic Council, EUI.
Monographs & Editorships
Since 2018 Co.-Editor of „Humanitäres Völkerrecht (Journal for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict)", (with H.-J. Heintze), Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.
Since 2017 Co-Editor of the Textbook „International Humanitarian Action: NOHA Textbook”, (with H.-J. Heintze), Springer Publishing.
Since 2016 Co.-Editor of „Bochumer Schriften zur Friedenssicherung und zum Humanitären Völkerrecht", (with H.-J. Heintze), Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.
Since 2011 Co.-Editor of „IFHV Humanitarian Studies Working Paper Series”.
2015 Co.-Editor of „From Cold War to Cyber War: The Evolution of the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict over the last 25 Years” (Hrsg. mit H.-J. Heintze), Springer Publishing.
2014 Zeitschriften-Sonderausgabe „Der Schutz von Wasser im Völkerrecht“, in: Humanitäres Völkerrecht: Informationsschriften (HuV-I), Ausgabe 01/14.
2013 The Right(s) to Water: The Multi-Level Governance of a Unique Human Right, Springer Publishing.
Articles in Journals / Series with Review Procedure (Selection)
2018 „The UNGPs in the European Union: The Open Coordination of Business and Human Rights?“, (with D. Augenstein and M. Dawson), in: Business and Human Rights Journal (Cambridge), Issue 3, No. 1, pp. 1-22.
2017 „Modernisiert und humanisiert – Der neue § 107 I Nr. 4 GWB im Lichte des Humanitären Völkerrechts“, in: Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Issue 30, Nr. 1-2, pp. 4-13.
2017 „A Treaty on Enforcing Human Rights Against Business: Closing the Loophole or Getting Stuck in a Loop?”, (with T. Ackermann), in: Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Issue 24, No. 1, pp. 43-79.
2017 „Implementing the UNGPs in the European Union: towards an open method of coordination for business and human rights”, European University Working Paper, (with D. Augenstein and M. Dawson), EUI LAW 2017/1, 20 pages.
2015 „Re-Conceptualizing the Human Right to Water: A Pledge for a Hybrid Approach”, in: Human Rights Law Review, Oxford Journals, Issue 15, No. 2, pp. 225-249.
2015 „On the Constitutionality of a Main Committee in the German Bundestag”, (with T. Ackermann), in: The German Law Journal, Issue 16, No. 1, pp. 1-21.
2015 „Hybrid Warfare: zwischen Cyber-Attacken und Manipulation von Informationen“, (with R. Ramsahye), in: Die Friedens-Warte, Issue 1/2 (2015), pp. 81-112.
2014 „Großer Ausschuss oder Großer Ausschluss? Zur Verfassungsmäßigkeit eines Hauptausschusses im Deutschen Bundestag”, (with T. Ackermann), in: Zeitschrift für das Juristische Studium, 5/2014, pp. 497–504.
2013 „Die Anerkennung oppositioneller Gruppen in den Fällen Libyen 2011 und Syrien 2012“, in: Journal of the Law of International Peace and Armed Conflict, Issue 1/2013, pp. 34–43.
2012 „The Status and Future of International Law after the Libya Intervention“, in: Göttingen Journal of International Law, Issue 1/2012, pp. 11–45.
2012 „Judicial Passivism at the European Court of Human Rights“, in: Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Issue 3/2012, pp. 341–348.
2011 „Should there be a 5% Threshold for Elections to the European Parliament? The view of the BVerfG“, (with M. Dawson), in: Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Issue 4/2011, pp. 603–605.
Articles in Edited Volumes (Selection)
forthcoming „Water Security?“, in: The Oxford Handbook on the International Law of Global Security, (ed.. R. Geiss and N. Melzer), Oxford University Press, spring 2019.
forthcoming „The Right to Water: A Comment“, in: New Human Rights: Recognition, Novelty, Rhetoric, (ed.. A. v. Arnauld, K. v. d. Decken and M. Susi), Cambridge University Press, spring 2019.
forthcoming „The Interface between EU and International Law in the Field of Human Rights?“, in: The Interface of EU and International Law, (ed. I. Govaere und S. Garben), College of Europe Annual Edited Collection, Brill, spring 2019.
2018 „Propaganda-blindes Völkerrecht?“, in: Propaganda als (neue) außen- und sicherheitspolitische Herausforderung, Schriften des Hellmuth-Loening-Zentrums für Staatswissenschaften Jena, (ed. T. Oppeland), Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag, pp. 63-80.
2018 „Besser spät als nie: geschichtlicher und verfassungsrechtlicher Hintergrund zur Rehabilitierung und Entschädigung von nach § 175 StGB verurteilten Personen “, in: Späte Aufarbeitung, (ed. M. Cüppers and N. Domeier), LpB Verlag, pp. 239-247.
2017 „International Criminal Law“, in: International Humanitarian Action, (ed. with H.-J. Heintze), Springer Publishing, pp. 173-195.
2016 „The International Law of the Use of Force and Transnational Organised Crime’, in: International Law and Transnational Organised Crime, (ed. P. Hauck and S. Peterke), Oxford University Press, pp. 361-380.
2015 „International Peace and Security and the Effects of Climate Change: Time for a Green Security Council?”, in: From Cold War to Cyber War: The Evolution of the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict over the last 25 Years, (ed. with H.-J. Heintze), Springer Publsihing, pp. 67-86.
2013 „Governing International Watercourses: Implications of the Human Right to Water“, in: Water Law and Cooperation in the Euphrates-Tigris Region, (ed. R. Wolfrum et al.), Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Brill Publishing, pp. 39–59.
2013 „The Right to Water: Effective Multi-Level Protection of a Multi-Faceted Human Right? An Application of the Kadi and Medellin Approaches to the Case of Water“, in: Reflections on the Constitutionalization of International Economic Law, (ed. M. Cremona et al.), Brill Publishing, pp. 553–569.
2012 „Positive Obligations under the ECHR after the Stoicescu Case“, in: European Yearbook on Human Rights 2012, (ed. W. Benedek et al.), Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, pp. 49–58.
2009 „The Human Right to Water versus Investor’s Rights”, in: Human Rights in International Investment Law and Arbitration, (ed. P.-M. Dupuy, E.-U. Petersmann and F. Francioni), Oxford University Press, S. 487–510.

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