null Maximilian Bertamini

Maximilian Bertamini

Research Associate & 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

    History and Theory of International Law, International Outer Space Law (Space Mining, Militarization of Outer Space, Space as Environment), International Environmental Law, German Constitutional Law

    Research Focus

    Sovereignty and Property in International Law, Non-Appropriation of Outer Space


    Since 10/2019

    PhD Candidate at the Legal Faculty of Ruhr-University Bochum

    First Legal State Exam, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), specialization in 'International and European Law'
    Since 10/2013
    Studies in Law, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)
    A-levels (‘Abitur’), Hollenberg Gymnasium Waldbröl (Germany)

    Most recent Publications


    Rhetorik für Juristen , together with Tim Potthast, UTB Verlag.


    The Impact of New Space Dynamics for the Development of International Space Law. In: New Space – European Perspectives.

    Forthcoming 11/2023

     The Vocabulary of Negotiations - Sovereignty and Authoritarian Arguments in the Security Council. In: Andrew J. Cunningham, Authoritarian Practices and Humanitarian Negotiations (Routledge),


     The Most Exciting Field of International Law - What to Look Out for in the Law of Outer Space, Völkerrechtsblog,


    The Militarization of Space – Unique Opportunities for Arms Control, together with Arne Sönnichsen, Sara Hardley, Jürgen Altmann et. al., Friedens-Warte, Volume 95, December 2022, Issue 3-4,


    Ressourcenabbau, Weltraumschrott und der Weltraum als Teil der »Umwelt«, Wissenschaft & Frieden - Dossier 95,


    Russland und das Anti-Folter Komitee (CPT), together with Thomas Feltes, Verfassungsblog,


    What Needs to Be Said: Reflections on How States Could and Should Preserve the Validity of International Law, When the Security Council Is Unable to React, together with Tillmann Lindner, Völkerrechtsblog,


    Of Old Wisdoms and New Challenges: Comments on Volume I of the MILAMOS Project, Völkerrechtsblog,


    “Franziska-Carolin Kring, Responsibility to protect (R2P) revisited – Towards climate change-related obligations of states?” (Book Review), in: Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (JILPAC), Volume 4, Issue 3/4 (2021),


    Bofax “International Law and Sand”, together with Vivien Wefringhaus, Völkerrechtsblog,


    “The check, please!” – Incentivizing states to pay for climate change?, Ejil:Talk!,


    United in What? Some reflections on the Security Council’s sovereignty rhetoric in the latest Syria resolutions, Ejil:Talk!,


    Bofax “Mine, mine, mine! On the new US space resource policy and attitude towards outer space”, Völkerrechtsblog, (german version available on SichTRaum Blog)

    Grants and Awards


    Entrepreneurial Idea Competition Preis for


    International Realization Budget, Research School, Ruhr-University Bochum

    Since 09/2019

    PhD Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)


    Förderpreis des VFR e.V. für die drei notenbesten Absolvent*innen der juristischen Fakultät der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

    Since 01/2017

    e-fellows Scholarship

    02/2016 - 10/2018

    Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)


    Participation in the 2016 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition German National 3rd Place (out of 21) Advanced Rounds Team in the International Rounds in Washington, D.C. Final Ranking: 29th out of more than 550 teams

    Most Recent Conferences and Panels


    Presentation „Weltraumbergbau - Rechtlich geboten?“ at the Workshop „Das Neue Weltraumzeitalter - Zwischen Ausplünderung und neuer Mitwelt“ hosted by Schader Foundation, Darmstadt.


    Legal Comments on Volume I of MILAMOS in a discussion with the German Armed Forces Space Command, Kalkar


    Presentation „'European Sovereignty' in Light of the COVID-19 Crisis“ at the 17th Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association, Miami


    Presentation "Time to recalibrate International Law?“ in the webinar "The Force, Failure & Future of International Law after Russia’s Aggression against Ukraine“


    Presentations on rights of vulnerable groups in times of conflict and crisis and on sovereignty and authoritarian arguments in the Security Council at the IHSA World Conference, Paris

    06/2021 - 07/2021

    Co-organization of the 2021 Space Sustainability Talks and moderation of Episode 3 (watch here). 


    Moderation of the panel “Sea Level Rise between Responsibility and Protection” (watch here).


    The Covid-19 Crisis from a German, European and international Perspective, online panel discussion series.


    Recurrent Courses

    Winter Semester

    Introduction to Humanitarian Action – Lectures on International Law, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the Social Sciences Faculty of RUB

    Winter Semester

    Study Group ‘International Law’ at the Legal Faculty

    Summer Semester

    The Art of Legal Argument – Rhetoric skills for law students (discontinued; will be published in book form from 2024, see "Rhetorik für Juristen, UTB Verlag") 

    One-time Courses


    Presentation "Introduction to International Humanitarian Law" at a Training Seminar for Junior Lawyers and Dissemination Officers, German Red Cross, Bad Pyrmont.


    Lecturer at the 2019 Summer School on Humanitarian Action, Bochum


    Talk on “Outer Space Law and International Humanitarian Law” for the German Red Cross' Practice Workshop on Humanitarian Aid

    Memberships, Affiliations, Positions


    Young Coopted Member in the Schader Foundation’s Small Convent

    Since 01/2020

    Member of the Research Network Security and Technology in Space (Sicherheit und Technologie im Weltraum, SichTRaum) – Co-Organizer of SichTRaum’s Research Cluster “Sustainable Use of Outer Space”.

    Since 01/2021

    Speaker of the IFHV’s Research Cluster “Humanitarian Governance & Management”.

    Other Engagement


    Judge at the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in Jaén


    Judge at the Jessup Friendlies in Geneva

    Since 06/2022

     Owner and Operator of


    Organizer (together with Lisa Cohen) of the Future Talks Series in Bochum


    Judge at the Jessup Friendlies in Budapest


    ApplicAid Mentor


    Judge at the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition


    Judge at the 2021 virtual Jessup Global Rounds


    Judge at the Jessup Friendlies in Prague

    Since 01/2020

    Representative of Research Associates at the IFHV


    Judge at the Jessup Friendlies in Lisbon

    06/2017 - 11/2017
    Student Coach for the Ruhr University's Hanse Moot Team
    09/2016 - 03/2017
    Student Coach for the Ruhr University's Jessup Moot Court Team
    10/2014 - 01/2018

    Tutor for the mentoring program of the legal faculty

    Language Skills

    German (mother tongue)
    English (fluent)
    Latin (‘Latinum’)