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


    “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!.


    Weltraumschrott und Umweltschutz, SichTRaum Blog.


    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.


    In dubio contra bellum, together with Benedikt Behlert, Völkerrechtsblog,


    A small step for IHL but one giant leap for humanity, (together with Marius Fritz), HuV 2019, Volume 2, Issue 1-2, pp. 23-36.


    The Role of International Investment Law in Armed Conflicts, Disputed Territories, and “Frozen” Conflicts – A Workshop Report, Kluwer Arbitration Blog.


    Bofax "Keeping it Clean", Parts I + II, together with Stephan Schultz, Völkerrechtsblog, +


    Bofax "Trading Blows", with Rouven Diekjobst, Völkerrechtsblog,

    Grants and Awards


    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

    Conferences and Panels

    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.

    Regional Human Rights Systems from a Comparative Perspective, Florence.
    Forced Migration in Transition: Perspectives from Social Science and Law, Bochum.

    Presentation "Flight as a Security Problem" (together with Farina Kronsbein) at the International Forum on Refugee Protection & Migrant Issues, Bochum, 28.11.2019.


    The Role of International Investment Law in Armed Conflicts, Disputed Territories, and “Frozen” Conflicts, Bochum.

    Contribution to the Panel „Cyber Warfare in the 21st Century“ at the „The Past, Present and Future of the International Law and Politics of Peace and Armed Conflict” Conference in Bochum
    'Time and Law' Conference in Bochum
    Eurocrim Conference in Münster
    03/2016 - 04/ 2016
    Attendance at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law


    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

    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

    Since 01/2021

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

    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”.

    Other Engagement


    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’)