Sonja Schäfer

Student Assistant


    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

    Public International Law


    A levels (`Abitur´), Matthias-Claudius-Schule, Bochum (Germany)
    Since 10/2018
    Studies in Law, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)

    Work Experience and other Activities

    Since 05/2021

    Member of the Refugee Law Clinic Bochum 

    Since 09/2020

    Student Assistant as a mentor for younger law students within the project
    Peer Schreibdidaktik (Peer writing didactics) supported by Prof. Dr. Schaub, Chair for Civil Law, International Private Law and Comparative Law, Commercial and Business Law 

    08/2020 - 04/2021

    Participation in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition (123rd place out of 574, International Rounds; 3rd place of all 1879 Preliminary Rounds Oralists, International Rounds)

    01/2020 - 09/2020

    Participation in the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Moot Court Competition
    and 4th best English memorial worldwide 

    Since 09/2019

    Student Assistant & Editorial Student Assistant of the “JILPAC”, IFHV 

    Most recent Publications


    "Beyond Japan’s Decision: Is the Disposal of Nuclear Waste in the Sea Compatible with International Law?" (together with Stephan Schultz), Völkerrechtsblog,


    Akademische Podiumsdiskussion “Press Freedom in Crises in Europe and the Arab World?“ – 27.11.2019, Hertie School in Berlin, Die Friedenswarte Vol. 93, 2020, Issue 1-2, together with Mareike Meis, Özgen Özedmir and Alina Wolski 

    Conferences and Panels


    Regional Human Rights Systems from a Comparative Perspective, International Conference, EUI Florence


    Academic Panel Discussion “Press Freedom in Crisis in Europe and the Arab
    World?”, 27 November 2019, Hertie School Berlin, Assistant Organizer 

    Language Skills

    German (mother tongue)
    English (fluent)
    Latin (`Latinum´)