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Jan-Phillip Graf

PhD Student


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



    Research Interests

    International Law, International Human Rights Law, Rights of the Child, International Humanitarian Law, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, International Relations, Global History


    Since 08/2023

    J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

    Since 09/2020

    PhD Candidate in International Law (Dr. jur.), IFHV, Ruhr-University Bochum

    08/2018 - 09/2020

    Master in International Law, Graduate Institute Geneva

    10/2015 - 09/2018

    B.A. in International Relations, Dresden University of Technology

    Work Experience and other Activities

    Since 01/2021

    Judge for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

    Since 09/2020

    Research Associate, IFHV

    Since 09/2020

    Associate Member of the SYLFF Mikrokolleg on Forced Migration at Ruhr-University Bochum

    04/2019 - 08/2019

    Research Assistant, UN International Law Commission

    01/2018 - 03/2018

    Research Assistant, IFHV

    10/2016 - 08/2017

    Statistics Tutor, School of Mathematics, Dresden University of Technology

    Most recent Publications

    Monographs, Working Papers, and Book Chapters

    2024 (forthcoming)

    “Protection of Humanitarian Personnel Under International Law,” in International Humanitarian Action: NOHA Textbook, 2nd ed., with Pierre Thielbörger (Berlin: Springer), forthcoming in 2024.


    “Explosive Investments: How International Law Regulates the Financing of Cluster Munitions,” IFHV Working Paper Series (Bochum) 12 (2 2022),



    “Let Kids Be Kids! The Procedural Dimension of the ‘Best Interests of the Child’ Principle in International Migration Law,” Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict 3 (3-4): 236–247,


    “The Evolution of Non-Refoulement: From Negative to Positive Obligations,” with Spyridoula Katsoni, Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict 4 (3-4): 148–160,

    Latest Blog Posts


    “Prisoner of War Videos on Facebook: IFHV Submits “Amicus Brief” to the Meta Oversight Board in Case Concerning the “Armenian Prisoner of War Video”,” with Pierre Thielbörger, Vökerrechtsblog, April 14, 2023,


    “Between Accuracy and Dignity: Legal Implications of Facial Recognition for Dead Combatants,” with Jannik Neumann, Völkerrechtsblog, September 30, 2022,


    “The Death of the Prohibition on the Use of Force,” Völkerrechtsblog, February 15, 2022,


    “Ecocide - Legal Revolution or Symbolism?,” with Romina Pezzot, Völkerrechtsblog, February 3, 2022,


    “The Kids Aren’t Alright: One Year of Pandemic Restrictions on Children’s Rights,” Völkerrechtsblog, June 30, 2021,

    Grants and Awards


    Excellency Grant from the Rhine-Ruhe Employers Association

    11/2015 - 09/2020

    Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation

    Since 09/2020

    Young Leaders Fellowship of the Tokyo Foundation

    Conferences & Panels


    Presentation ‘Between Accuracy and Dignity: Legal Implications of the Use of Biometrics for the Identification of Deceased Victims of Armed Conflict,’ at a conference on ‘The Law Applicable to the Use of Biometrics by Armed Forces,’ University of Amsterdam, 25 May 2023.


    Invited speaker at ‘Humanity at the Center: An Evening on International Humanitarian Law’ (original title: ‘Der Mensch im Mittelpunkt: Das Humanit ̈are V ̈olkerrecht’), University of Mu ̈nster, 30 November 2022.


    Principal organizer of the conference ‘Gang-Induced Migration: Challenges and Perspectives from Social Science and International Law’, SYLFF-Mikrokolleg on Forced Migration, Ruhr-University Bochum, 17-18 November 2022.


    Workshop on ‘Human Rights Litigation. Defending Refugee Rights in Strasbourg’, Generation Europe, Dortmund, 9 July 2022.


    Presentation at the IFHV Research Colloquium, ‘The Protection of Humanitarian Personnel under International Law,’ Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Bochum 7 July 2020.

    Language Skills

    German (native)
    English (fluent)
    French (advanced)
    Russian (intermediate)
    Spanish (basic)