Prof. Dr. Petra Bendel is Professor for Political Science and Academic Director of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Bendel studied in Heidelberg, Santiago de Compostela and Bilbao and received her Dr. phil. at Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. She has worked as a researcher at the GIGA Institute in Hamburg and as a Visiting Professor at the Martin-Luther University of Halle. She is the author of many publications on borders, refugees’ rights, asylum and integration policies in the European Union and abroad. She is also a political advisor on immigration issues.
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.
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.
Dr. Hilde Farthofer studied law at the University of Salzburg/Austria and holds a PhD in Law. Since April 2015 she is research fellow at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and International Law). She previously worked at the University of Marburg between 2010 and 2015. She was research fellow in the field of International Criminal Law at the department of Prof. Triffterer, between 2005 and 2008. Her research interests are focused on international criminal law, international criminal procedure and humanitarian law. 2012, she was appointed as peer reviewer for the Agency of Evaluation of the University System and of the Research in Italy. In 2007, she granted an award of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Italy for the research on her PhD on participation in organized criminal groups and in human trafficking.
Having formerly worked in the field of education and in the CRPD Monitoring Body of the German National Institute of Human Rights, Marianne Hirschberg is a Professor of Human Rights and Disability Studies at Hochschule Bremen, University of Applied Sciences, Bremen, Germany. She is deeply interested in the social impact of the human rights movement of persons with disabilities and all other civil rights movements (regarding all aspects of diversity) as well as in the implementation of human rights treaties. With this combination of theoretical interests and practical experience her research focuses on questions of participation, accessibility and discrimination in historical, present, and future perspectives. In her current research "Continuities of Eugenics in the discourse about disability” she will collaborate with colleagues from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in her research term in autumn 2017.
Dr Constantin Hruschka works as head of the protection department at the Swiss Refugee Council (OSAR). Before that, he worked as a lawyer for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for ten years. Dr Hruschka studied law, history and philosophy in Würzburg, Poitiers and Paris. In addition to his work with OSAR he is teaching European and European Asylum Law mainly at the Universities of Bielefeld and Fribourg. He is an expert member of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) working group on vulnerable persons and was appointed as a member of the Swiss Federal Commission on Migration in December 2015. He has written (mostly in German) a number of articles on the Swiss and the European Asylum system with a focus on the Dublin system. The most recent articles in English are: Access to Asylum Procedures for Victims of Trafficking under a Human Rights based approach, in: Maria O’Sullivan/Dallal Stevens, Fortresses and Fairness – States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection, Hart Publishing, 2016 (with Nula Frei, currently in the editing process) and The (reformed) Dublin III Regulation—a tool for enhanced effectiveness and higher standards of protection? in ERA Forum 15, p. 469-483. He has also commented alongside with Francesco Maiani on the Dublin-III-Regulation in: Kay Hailbronner/Daniel Thym, EU Immigration and Asylum Law. A Commentary, 2 nd edition, C.H.Beck 2016.
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.
Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach is associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, and visiting professor at the School of Public Policy, Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. At CEU, she teaches the politics and practice of human rights and directs the OSIRG clinic on rights and governance. She also serves on the German Advisory Board for Civilian Crisis Prevention. Prior to her current positions, she worked at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna, Austria. During this time, she completed a PhD at the University of Vienna on European human rights diplomacy vis-à-vis China, and won the Körber Foundation’s Deutscher Studienpreis 2011 (first prize), an award that honors outstanding PhD research of particular value to society. Her current research focuses on political persecution and is funded through a Schumpeter Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation. From 2001 to 2007, Katrin Kinzelbach was a staff member of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She initially worked in the Afghanistan Taskforce, then joined the UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and finally served as project manager in UNDP’s Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia. In this capacity, she focused on democratic governance and security sector reform. Previously, she briefly worked for the UN’s Refugee Agency in Geneva, and as an election monitor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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".
PD 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. Imke Leicht is the director of the Office for Gender and Diversity at the Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg since September 2016. She studied cultural studies, political science and sociology at the Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin. In 2004/05 she was a visiting student at the York University of Toronto, Canada. Between 2009 and 2014 she was a research assistant at the newly established Chair for Human Rights and Human Rights Politics at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from FAU. Her PhD thesis deals with feminist theories and human rights. She is a founding member of the Master in Human Rights at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and was the coordinator of the programme from October 2014 to August 2016. From July 2015 to August 2016 she was a research assistant at the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN). Her research focuses are human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, feminist and postcolonial theories and anti-semitism.