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Spyridoula (Sissy) Katsoni

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

    Public International Law

    International Refugee Law

    International Human Rights Law

    Theory of International Law


    09/2019 - 08/2020

    LL.M. in Public International Law, University of Groningen

    09/2012 - 11/2016

    LL.B., School of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

    09/2017 - 02/2019

    LL.M. in Public International Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

    Work Experience and other Activities

    Since 08/2021

    Managing Editor at Völkerrechtsblog

    Since 10/2020

    Speaker of the IFHV Research Cluster on 'Violent Disruptions and Forced Migration'

    Since 10/2020

    Editor, IFHV Bofax Series

    Since 09/2020

    Research Associate and Doctoral Researcher, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

    Since 09/2020

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

    05/2019 - 08/2019

    Associate Attorney-at-Law, Papastathopoulos & Associates Law Office (Athens)

    09/2017 - 04/2019

    Trainee Lawyer, Papastathopoulos & Associates Law Office (Athens)

    09/2016 - 08/2017

    Trainee Lawyer, Law Office Christina Kountouri & Associates (Athens)

    05/2014 - 09/2015

    Legal Staff Employee, Papastathopoulos, Chatziarseniou & Associates Law Office (Athens)

    Most recent Publications


    'Sharing Responsibility for the Sake of Mass Expulsions’ Delegitimization’ Refugee Law Initiative Blog on Refugee Law and Forced Migration (01.12.2022),


    ‘How to Get Away with Refoulement: Some Thoughts on Safi and Elmi v. Greece’ Strasbourg Observers (07.09.2022),


    'What Do We Do with the Non-‘White, Blonde, Blue-Eyed’ Asylum Seekers? On States’ Legalistic Justifications for Discriminatory Admissions’ Völkerrechtsblog (02.06.2022),


    ‘Is the Feministisation of the ECtHR’s Abortion-Related Jurisprudence a Realistic Expectation? Putting the ECtHR’s Interpretation of the ‘Right to Abortion’ Under the Feminist Microscope’ Völkerrechtsblog (28.01.2022),


    ‘The Evolution of Non-Refoulement: From Negative to Positive Obligations’ 3-4 Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict 148-160


    ‘Is Your Dating App Swiping Left on Human Rights? On Platforms' Obligations to Prevent Sexual Violence and Respect Privacy’, Völkerrechtsblog,


    ‘How Greece Set the Wrong Example for Compulsory Vaccinations Against COVID-19’, Opinio Juris,


    ‘Re-rethinking the Amicable Settlement of Inter-State ECHR Disputes: A Critical Approach’ Völkerrechtsblog (30.09.2021),


    ‘Refoulement Beyond Pushbacks: On the Admission of Prospective Asylum-Seekers from Afghanistan’ Völkerrechtsblog (20.09.2021),


    ‘A Futuristic View on Mutually Agreed Solutions within the WTO Dispute Settlement System (2021) 146 Arbitration and Law 15-45.


    'Impacts of the Interpretative Interaction between International Human Rights Law and the Refugee Convention' 10(1) Cambridge International Law Journal, 96-120.


    'The Future of “Climate Refugees” in International Law', Völkerrechtsblog,


    'What Does the Vavricka Judgement Tell Us About the Compatibility of Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccinations with the ECHR?', Völkerrechtsblog,


    'The Right to Abortion and the European Convention on Human Rights: In Search of Consensus among Member-States', Völkerrechtsblog,


    'Populism's Lethal Effect on the Respect for Human Rights: The Case of Dimitris Koufontinas', Völkerrechtsblog,


    'Where There's Smoke, There's Fire: On the Unlawful Detention of Asylum Seekers to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19, Völkerrechtsblog,


    'Do Compulsory Vaccinations against COVID-19 Violate Human Rights?', Völkerrechtsblog,


    'Gender Perspectives in the Application of Existing International Rules and Standards of Refugee Law', in: Giovanni Carlo Bruno, Fulvio Maria Palombino, Adriana Di Stefano (eds) Migration Issues before International Courts and Tribunals (CNR Edizioni, 2019) 275-300.

    Grants and Awards


    PR.INT Event Grant (together with Jan Phillip Graf and Rafael Bohlen) for the ogranisation of the international conference ‘Gang -Induced Migration: Challenges and Perspectives from Social Science and International Law’

    09/2020 - 08/2023

    Doctoral Scholarship of the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research

    09/2019 - 08/2020

    Scholarship of the 'Alexandros Svolos' Foundation for the attendance of the LL.M. programme in Public International Law at the University of Groningen


    Award of Best Paper of the annual competition of the 'Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights' on the subject of 'Armed Conflicts and Refugees'


    Scholarship of the 'Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights' for the attendance of the 49th Summer School of the 'International Institute of Human Rights'

    Conferences and Panels


    Presentation titled ‘Refugee and Asylum Law: The Protection of Ukrainian Forced Migrants’ at the conference ‘Der Ukraine-Konflikt als Herausforderung an das Völkerrecht, das Verfassungsrecht und das Verwaltungsrecht’ organised by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict.

    17/10/2022 – 18/10/2022

    Co-organisation and moderation of the ‘Gang-Induced Migration: Challenges and Perspectives from Social Science and International Law’ following the successful PRINT funding application from the RUB Research School.

    24/10/2022 - 28/10/2022

    Co-organisation and Editing of the ‘Adivasi Struggles in Chhattisgarh’ Völkerrechtsblog Symposium.

    21/10/2022 - present

    Conceptualisation, Organisation and Editing of the Symposium ‘The Person behind the Academic’ (recurrent interview symposium), available at

    08/09/2022 - 09/09/2022

    Chair of the panel titled ‘The Role of Blogs’ at the Völkerrechtsblog’s conference titled ‘Conference: Opening Access, Closing the Knowledge Gap? International Legal Scholarship Going Online’.


    Presentation titled ‘Sharing Responsibility between States and Protection-Seekers for the sake of Non-Refoulement’ at the Pre-conference ESIL Interest Group Workshop on the ‘In/Ex-clusivity of International Migration and Refugee Law: The Rights Holders’ Perspective’ in the context of the 2022 ESIL Annual Conference.

    08/03/2022 - 19/03/2022

    Conceptualisation, Organisation and Editing of the ‘Women in International Law Vol. 1’ Symposium on the Völkerrechtsblog, available at


    Presentation titled ‘From ‘Do Not Refoule to Admit:The Scope of the Obligation to Admit Protection-Seekers Fleeing Ukraine’ at the UNIC Symposium ‘Seeking Refuge, Finding Solidarity? Challenges and Chances for Ukrainian Protection-Seekers in Europe’


    Presentation titled ‘Climate Refugees and International Law’ at the ‘Climate Change and International Law’ Panel Discussion organized by the Public International Law Research Group of Brunel University London.


    Co-organiser of the ‘Critical Christmas Week’ Symposium on Völkerrechtsblog


    Co-moderator at the ‘The Geneva Refugee Convention and its History’ co-organised by the IFHV’s Research Cluster on Violent Disruptions and Forced Migration, the Medizinische Flüchtlingshilfe Bochum and Medico International


    'The Evolution of Non-Refoulement's Positive Obligations' - Presentation at the ESIL IG MigRefLaw, IG International Criminal Justice and Human Rights Research League joint event ‘The Evolution of the Principle of Non-Refoulement in International Law: What Role for New Types of International Law-Making?


    'Compulsory COVID Vaccinations and Human Rights ': Presentation at the Webinar organised by IFHV's Research Cluster on Human Rights and Humanitarian Protection


    'The Compatibility of Compulsory Vaccinations with the European Convention on Human Rights': Presentation at the 'Vaccines and International Law' Webinar organised by the University of Milan


    Co-moderator at the 'Climate Refugees and International Law' Webinar organised by IFHV's Cluster on Violent Disruptions and Forced Migration


    'The Lawfulness of Amicable Settlements of Human Rights and Investment Disputes': Presentation at the Ius Commune Conference 2020 (Workshop on International Economic Law)

    Language Skills

    Greek (native speaker)

    English (fluent)

    German (intermediate)