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Research Projects


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Human Rights Crimes, Norm Entrepreneurs, and the Implementation of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction in Germany

DFG research group Human Rights Discourses in the Migration Society (MeDiMi), which is headed by the Professorship of Public Law and European Law at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen


German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Regional Research Center „Transformations of Political Violence“

Collaborative project of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, the Goethe University Frankfurt, the Justus Liebig University Gießen, the Technical University of Darmstadt and the University of Marburg.


German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

"Postcolonial Hierarchies in Peace and Conflict" Network

Collaborative project of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (Freiburg), the University of Bayreuth, the University of Erfurt, and the University of Marburg. 


Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Schweden)

Peace and the Politics of Memory

mit Prof. Dr. Annika Björkdahl (Lund, Schweden), Dr. Johanna Mannegren Selimovic (Stockholm, Schweden), Dr. Stefanie Kappler (Durham, UK).


Swedisch Reseach Council (Schweden)

Cultural Heritage of Conflict

mit Prof. Dr. Annika Björkdahl (Lund, Schweden), Dr. Johanna Mannegren Selimovic (Stockholm, Schweden), Dr. Stefanie Kappler (Durham, UK).


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Anerkennung von sexualisierter Gewalt in Wahrheitskommissionen. Opferzuschreibungen und ihre gesellschaftlichen Implikationen in Zeiten des Übergangs.


Fritz-Thyssen Stiftung

Ascribing Individual Responsibility in the Aftermath of Collective Violence and Repression. Interpretations of Criminal Proceedings in Post-Communist Romania.


International Nuremberg Principles Academy

Collaborative international research project: Multiple Dimensions of the Acceptance of International Criminal Justice in the Post-Nuremberg Era.

(project co-leader, funded by German Foreign Ministry through the Academy)


Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg

Fellowship: Transitional Justice as a Travelling Norm. On the Influence of Local Concepts on Global Ideas.



Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung (DSF)

Genderbeziehungen im begrenzten Raum. Bedingungen, Ausmaß und Formen von sexueller Gewalt an Frauen in kriegsbedingten Flüchtlingslagern.


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

The Politics of Building Peace: an Analysis of Transitional Justice, Reconciliation Initiatives and Unification Policies in War-torn Societies.


Structured PhD Programme (Marburg Research Academy / HMKW)

Transitional Justice after Extreme Violence (with Prof. Dr. Anika Oettler and Prof. Dr. Mathias Bös), Philipps-University Marburg & Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst.


Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung (DSF)

Between Past and Future. An Assessment of the Transition from ‘Conflict’ to ‘Peace’ in Post-genocide Rwanda.

Working Groups and Research Networks

Research Cluster on “Peace, Memory and Cultural Heritage” funded by the Swedish Research Council and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, 2017 to date.

Network Culture and its Uses as Testimony” funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2016 to date.

Working Group “Migration und Menschenrechte” at the University of Giessen, led by Prof Dr Jürgen Bast, 2014 to date.

Working Group “Menschenrechte im 20. Jahrhundert” of the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, led by Prof Dr Norbert Frei (Jena), 2013-2019.

Network “Institutions for Sustainable Peace – Comparing Institutional Configurations for Divided Societies” (funded by Leibniz Foundation, led by GIGA, Hamburg), 2012-2016.

Network “Konstruktivistische Konfliktforschung (NEKOKO)“ (funded by DFG), 2008-2012.