Team

Klaus Dingwerth holds a PhD in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin and has joined the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) as post-doc researcher in 2006. His research includes work on the democratic legitimacy of transnational rule-making, on the interaction among transnational rule makers, and on the concept of global governance. Since February 2014, Klaus is on leave from the Universität Bremen to take up a position in the Global Democratic Governance Profile Area at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Contact: +41 71 224 23 14; klaus.dingwerth@unisg.ch, Website

Ina Lehmann holds a Masters Degree in Peace and Security Studies from the University of Hamburg. After writing her Masters Thesis about environmental conflicts her main research interest has now shifted to global environmental governance in general and biodiversity conservation policies in particular. Her theoretical interest is in the legitimacy and legitimation of global governance as well as in global justice. In her case study for the global norms project Ina thus covers the legitimation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Her dissertation analyses the conservation regime established by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity from a global environmental justice point of view.

Contact: ina.lehmann@uni-bremen.de, Website

Ellen Reichel holds a Magister Degree in Political Science, Public International Law and Intercultural Communication from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She specialized in ethics in international relations and compared different contemporary theories of just war in her thesis. During her studies she spent two semesters at the University of Rennes, France and participated in the National Model United Nations 2008 in New York. In her PhD project she analyzes the development and status of the emerging responsibility to protect (R2P) norm with a view to identifying factors contributing and hindering its implementation within the United Nations. In the Global Norms project she is in charge of the policy field of human rights.

Contact: ellen.reichel@unisg.ch, Website

Henning Schmidtke holds a Master Degree in International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory from the University of Bremen/Jacobs University Bremen and has joined the TransState Research Center in Bremen as Research Associate in 2008. Since 2015 he is a member of the Global Norms Project and a Research Associate at the University of St Gallen. His research in context focuses on the sociological legitimacy of states, international regimes and economic orders, and on the legitimation strategies of the representatives of these regimes. His publications include: ‘Die Vereinten Nationen – gespaltene Legitimität’, in: Frank Nullmeier et al., Prekäre Legitimitäten: Rechtfertigung von Herrschaft in der postnationalen Konstellation, Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 107-46 (2010); ‘Internationalization and the Discursive Legitimation of the Demo¬cratic Nation State’, in: Heinz Rothgang and Steffen Schneider (eds.), State Transformations in OECD Countries: Dimensions, Driving Forces, and Trajectories, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2015, fortcoming; with Sebastian Haunss and Steffen Schneider).

Contact: henning.schmidtke@sfb597.uni-bremen.de, Website

Tobias Weise holds a Masters Degree in International Relations (Berlin and Potsdam). In the Global Norms project, he analyzes the change of the Global Governance norm in the policy field of security. In his dissertation project, he focuses on explanations of why and when international organizations open their processes for non-state actor participation and towards the public. His general research interests are international organizations, non-state actors, the normative foundations of international relations and qualitative comparative analysis. Tobias is now Assistent to the Provost and personnel officer at the H:G Hochschule für Gesundheit & Sport, Technik & Kunst in Berlin. Tobias likes to eat spaghetti with spinach. His favorite color is blue.

Contact: mail@tobiasweise.de, Website

Antonia Witt holds a Magister Degree in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Leipzig. She also studied African Peace and Conflict Studies at Bradford University, UK. Before joining the Global Norms project, Antonia was a Trainee at the European Union Delegation to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her research focuses on contestations in international norm changes, the production of legitimacy, the African Union, the African Peace and Security Architecture, and international mediation. In her contribution to the Global Norms project she covers the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the African Union (AU). In her PhD project she analyses the African Union’s reactions to coups d’état and the negotiation of new normative meanings of political order.

Contact: antonia.witt@normativeorders.net, Website

Former Colleagues

Felix Anderl has completed his M.A. in International Relations at Jacobs University Bremen and the Unversity of Bremen. Previously, he earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor of History from the University of Freiburg in 2012. He now pursues a PhD and works as a research assistant at the University of Frankfurt.

Marret Bischewski supported our team as a student assistant from 2010 to 2011. She has graduated from the MA International Relations program in Bremen in summer 2011 and currently holds a PhD position at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.

Benjamin Brast was a student assistant with our team from 2010 to 2011. He studied political science in Bielefeld and Bremen and is currently a PhD fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of the Social Sciences.

Igor Fayler is a second year student of the M.A. in International Relations at Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen. Previously, he earned a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Göttingen in 2012.

Sebastian Gomez was a student assistant with Global Norms from 2011 to 2012 and a research fellow 2013. He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen and a B.A. in International Business with a minor in International Relations from EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.  Sebastian left Global Norms in 2013 to work for the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS); since 2014 he is employed at Transcend in Hamburg.

Nicole Gonyea supported the project as a research assistant from 2011 to 2012. Before she received a M.A. in International Relations from Jacobs University and the University of Bremen, she finished her undergraduate studies in International Relations at Boston University in 2010. Nicole currently works at the Universität Hamburg as a programme manager for the Beijing-based master’s programme of the China-EU School of Law.

Malte Lellmann is a second year Student of the MA in Political Science at Bremen University. Previously, he earned a BA in Political Science with a minor of International Development from the Technical University Darmstadt in 2012. Malte currently works at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg.

Aletta Mondré co-directed the project from November 2011 to March 2012. A former member of the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Transformations of the State’ (TranState) and a winner of the dissertation award of the German Association for the United Nations, Aletta currently works as a lecturer at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft of the Universität Duisburg-Essen.

Nele Kortendiek supported the Global Norms project as a student assistant from 2010 to 2011. She finished her undergraduate studies in Political Science and French at the University of Bremen in summer 2011, and completed the MSc programme in International Relations Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012. Having worked for the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the Universität Duisburg-Essen for some time, Nele currently pursues a PhD at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Cluster of Excellence ‘Normative Orders’.

Anne Reiff supported the Global Norms project from 2012 to 2013. She holds a  B.A. in Political Science at the University of Bremen and now continues her studies at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt where she is also a student assistant at the Chair for International Relations and Theories of Global Orders.

Helge Staff supported the Global Norms project from 2012 to 2014. He completed B.A. in Political Science with a minor of Law from the University of Bremen in 2012, and his M.A. in International Relations at Jacobs University Bremen and the Unversity of Bremen in 2014.  Starting in 2015, he will be pursuing his PhD in the context of a DFG-funded project on internal security at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

Jonas Wodarz holds a degree of the M.A. in Political Science at the University of Bremen. Previously, he earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Bremen in 2010. After working from 2012 to 2013 in the Global Norms project as a student assistant, Jonas has joined the team to continue supporting the article project ‘Why International Organizations Speak Democracy’. His general research interests are the normative foundations of international relations, especially in the field of development politics and foreign aid, regime change and transition studies, and political theory.