Lorenz Rubner

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


German / US-American

Research Focus

Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy in Weapon Systems


Since 2019

Ph. D. candidate, IFHV

2017 - 2019

Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court Frankfurt a.M. (Bar Exam equivalent)

German Red Cross Summer School in International Humanitarian Law
2010 - 2016

First State Exam, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg i.Br., specialization in International and European Public Law

2012 - 2013

Diplôme de Droit Français, Université Pierre Mendès-France, Grenoble (France)


International Baccalaureate, Worth School (England)

Work Experience and other Activities

Since 04/2019

Legal Assistant, White & Case LLP, International Arbitration Practice, Frankfurt a.M

2017 - 2019
Preparation for the Second German Legal State Exam ('Referendariat')
Stages i.a. at Civil Commercial Court, Public Prosecutor, German Foreign Ministry - Unit on International Law and IHL, Administrative Court, German Development Cooperation Organization - Project 'Support to the African Governance Architecture' (Addis Ababa)
2017 - 2018

Research Associate at the University for Administrative Law in Speyer for Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weiß

10/2016 - 01/2017

Legal Research Assistant, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Munich

03 - 09/2016

Research Associate at the Center for French Studies of Law for Prof. em. Dr. Thomas Würtenberger

Most recent Publications


Bofax „Viel Lärm um nichts - Die funktionelle Immunität von Kriegsverbrechern", https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/viel-laerm-um-nichts/ 


Bofax "Diplomats vs. Robots - Where does Germany stand on autonomous weapons", https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/diplomats-vs-robots/


Bofax "Ohrenbetäubendes Schweigen – Zur Blockade des Sicherheitsrates im Kampf gegen Covid-19", https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/ohrenbetaubendes-schweigen/ 


24. DRK-Sommerschule im Humanitären Völkerrecht in Berlin", Juristische Schulung aktuell 

Language Skills