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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heiner Bielefeldt

    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heiner Bielefeldt (*1958) studied Philosophy, Catholic Theology and History and received his PhD and habilitation degrees in Philosophy (by the Universities of Tübingen and Bremen, respectively). Between 2003 and 2009 he served as Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, which is Germany’s officially accredited National Human Rights Institution. In October 2009 he took the newly established chair for human rights and human rights politics at the University of Erlangen- Nürnberg. In August 2010 he also assumed the position of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. He is a founding director of the MA Human Rights at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.

    Prof. Dr. Laura Clérico

      Born in Quilmes (Argentina) on 31 July 1966. Studied Law at the University of Buenos Aires (1984-1989), LLM (Kiel, 1996) and doctorate in law (2001) at the University of Kiel about the Proportionality in Constitutional Law. Professor for Constitutional Law at the University of Buenos Aires and DAAD-professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Her current research interests relate to constitutional comparative law, human rights law, theory of law. She published books and articles about human and constitutional rights, especially social rights, equality and theory of law.

      Prof. Dr. Anuscheh Farahat

        Professor Anuscheh Farahat studied law in Frankfurt, Paris and Berkeley. She received her PhD in law from the Goethe University Frankfurt. Her book on migrant citizenship and transnational migration in Germany (Progressive Inklusion: Zugehörigkeit und Teilhabe im Migrationsrecht, Springer Verlag, 2014) has received multiple awards, including the Herman-Mosler-Preis 2015 of the German Society of International Law. Anuscheh Farahat was a research fellow (2006 – 2009) and a senior research fellow (2014 – 2017) at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg. Since March 2019 she is a Professor of Public Law, Migration Law and Human Rights Law at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Since 2017 she leads an Emmy-Noether research group on the role of constitutional courts in transnational solidarity conflicts in Europe first at Goethe University Frankfurt a.M. and now at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. The research project is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Since 2017 Anuscheh Farahat is also a Senior Research Affiliate at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg. Anuscheh Farahat publishes widely on issues of European and German constitutional law, German and international migration and citizenship law, international Human Rights Law and comparative constitutionalism.

        Ronja Heß

          Ronja Heß studied law at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and at Trinity College Dublin. Since 2018 she is a research associate at the Chair for Public and Public International Law at Erlangen and teaches seminars on German Constitutional Law. From November 2015 until October 2016 she conducted a study on sexual self-determination in the municipalities of Nuremberg and Erlangen together with Dr. Imke Leicht. Her research interests lie mainly on feminist and queer legal theory as well as international human rights law. In her PhD project Ronja Heß examines the right to gender identity in the jurisprudence of the German Constitutional Court, the European Court of Human Rights and in the UN human rights system.

          Dr. Rainer Huhle

            Dr. Rainer Huhle holds a PhD in Political Science. He is co-founder (1989) of the Nuremberg Human Rights Center (NMRZ) and co-editor of the Center’s website www.menschenrechte.org. Since 2003 he is a member of the Board of the German Institute for Human Rights (Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte) in Berlin, vice-chairperson since 2007. Since 2011 he is a member of the UN Committee against Enforced Disappearances. From 1986-1988 he worked as volunteer for the Servicio Paz y Justicia in Peru, on behalf of “Dienste in Übersee”, the German Protestant Churches Development Service. From 1997-1999 he was a founding expert team member of the OHCHR office in Colombia.

            Ines Kalam, M.Soc.Sc.

              Ines Kalam holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Law from Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg as well as a Master of Social Sciences (M.Soc.Sc.) in International Human Rights Law from Åbo Akademi University in Finland. She has worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ regional office for South-East Asia and Åbo Akademi University’s Institute for Human Rights. Ms Kalam is the coordinator of the M.A. Human Rights and a research associate at the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg at FAU. Her research interests lie mainly in the areas of children's rights and environmental rights but also in non-discrimination, intersectionality and empowerment, sexual and reproductive rights as well as the obligations of private parties.

              Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski

                Prof. Dr. Markus Krajewski studied law, economics and political science in Germany and the United States. He is qualified to practice law in Germany and obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of Hamburg. Between 2001 and 2003 he taught German, European and international law as DAAD Lecturer for German Law at King's College London. In 2003 he moved to the University of Potsdam as Assistant Professor for Public, European and International Economic Law. Between 2008 and 2010 he was on leave from Potsdam to serve as a Guest Professor at the Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) "Transformations of the State" at the University of Bremen. Since 2010 he is University Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and holds the Chair in Public Law and Public International Law. He is a founding director of the MA Human Rights at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and directs a research project on "Human Rights as Standards for Transnational Economic Law".

                Prof. Dr. Michael Krennerich

                  Prof. Dr. Michael Krennerich is a Senior Researcher at the Chair of Human Rights and Human Rights Politics of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). He holds a doctorate in Political Science, Philosophy and Public Law from Heidelberg University (Germany). His PhD thesis on ‘Elections and Civil Wars in Central America’ (1996) received the 1997 prize of the Association for European Research on Central America and the Caribbean. After working as a Research Fellow, among others, at the University of Heidelberg, the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (Costa Rica) and the Ibero-American Institute in Hamburg he has been engaged in consulting activities in the field of electoral reforms and human rights politics in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Coming back to university, he was qualifying for professor with his habilitation treatise about ‘Social Human Rights—between Law and Politics’ (2013) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Michael Krennerich is the chair-person of the Nuremberg Human Rights Centre, and one of the coordinators of the German network of human rights organisations (Forum Menschenrechte). He is also co-founder and co-editor of the academic journal ‘Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte—Journal for Human Rights’.

                  Dr. Ingrid Leijten

                    Dr. Ingrid Leijten is the 2019 Guest Professor in the Gender and Diversity Programme of the FAU. She holds Master degrees in Law and Political Science from Leiden University and Columbia University in New York. She completed her PhD thesis at Leiden Law School under the supervision of Professor Janneke Gerards. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law in Leiden, where she works on national, European and international fundamental rights protection, with a focus on economic and social rights and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). She is the author of Core Socio-Economic Rights and the European Court of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and publishes on developments related to, e.g., indivisible rights protection, social security as a human right, and judicial reasoning. She is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch Journal of Human Rights (NTM), a deputy judge at the District Court of Rotterdam, and regularly informs government authorities on rights issues.

                    Dr. Gurgen Petrossian, LL.M.

                      Dr. Gurgen Petrossian, LL.M. is a research associate at the International Criminal Law Research Unit (ICLU) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. He holds a Master degree in Law from Heidelberg University and a Bachelor degree in Law from Yerevan State University. He completed his PhD from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2018. He is involved in a DFG-funded project on victims’ participation at the International Criminal Court. Since 2016 he is the main coordinator for the Nuremberg Moot Court. He worked for the “Helsinki Association” human rights NGO with a focus on the rights of detainees. His research interests lie mainly in international law, international criminal law and human rights.

                      Judith Schönsteiner, PhD

                        Judith Schönsteiner studied her M.A. in political science in Mainz and Strasbourg (Institut d'Etudes Politiques) between 1998 and 2003, and received both her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law (2006) and her PhD in Law (2011) from the University of Essex (UK). Since 2009, she lives and works in Santiago de Chile, where she is Associate Professor at the Law School of the Universidad Diego Portales, and member of its Human Rights Centre, which she directed between 2012 and 2017. Her research focuses on economic regulation, business and human rights. She has worked on human rights obligations of state-owned enterprises (project funded by the Chilean Fondecyt program) and was in charge of the National Baseline Study on Business and Human Rights (2016), commissioned by the Danish Institute of Human Rights. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Persons with Disability. She has also researched on the institutions and procedures of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, the ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, interpretation and incorporation of international human rights law in Chilean constitutional law. Since March 2019, she is a member of the Independent Expert Panel on the Selection of Commissioners and Judges in the Inter-American System.