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Christian Marxsen

Dr. iur., LL.M. (NYU), Max Planck Research Group Leader

marxsen@mpil.de
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-506

Main Fields of Research:

prohibition of the use of force; international conflicts; German constitutional law; theory of democracy, particularly transnational participatory mechanisms; philosophy of law; transitional justice

Academic Career:

  • since fall 2017: head of Max Planck Research Group
  • fall term 2015: CYUPS (Beijing), Visiting lecturer for international law and European Union law
  • since 2015 Co-editor of the Cambridge University Press book series Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War (together with Anne Peters)
  • since 2014: Lecturer at the University of Heidelberg, Law Faculty
  • 2014-2017: MPIL, Senior Research Fellow
  • 2013 International Center for Transitional Justice (New York, NY), Research Fellow of the German National Academic Foundation
  • 2012-2013 NYU LAW (New York, NY), LL.M. Studies (NYU Law Hans-Kelsen-Scholar, ERP-Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation)
  • 2012 Second State Exam in Law
  • 2010-2012 Hanseatic Court of Appeals (Hamburg), Legal Clerkship
  • 2010 University of Hamburg, Ph.D. awarded with a summa cum laude; Dissertation: Geltung und Macht – Jürgen Habermas‘ Theorie von Recht, Staat und Demokratie, München: Wilhelm Fink 2011.
  • 2008-2009 University of Hamburg, Lecturer
  • 2008 Royal University of Phnom Penh, Lecturer
  • 2008 Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Phnom Penh), Legal Assistant of the Co-Lawyers of the Civil Parties
  • 2007-2009 University of Hamburg, PhD studies (awarded a post-graduate scholarship)
  • 2006 First State Exam in Law
  • 2004 European Parliament (Brussels), legal intern
  • 2001-2005 University of Hamburg, law studies

 

Research Projects

Post-doc project (Habilitation) Illegalität im Jus contra Bellum (in German)

Max Planck Research Group Shades of Illegality in International Peace and Security Law (SHADES)

Cambridge University Press book series Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War

 

Publications

Recent

  • Unpacking the International Law on Reparation for Victims of Armed Conflict. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law) 78/3, 521-540 (2018). pre-print: MPIL Research Paper No. 2018-19
  • What Do Different Theories of Customary International Law Have to Say About the Individual Right to Reparation Under International Humanitarian Law? In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law) 78/3, 581-586 (2018). pre-print: MPIL Research Paper No. 2018-19
  • Reparation for Victims of Armed Conflict: Impulses from the Max Planck Trialogues. Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law), 78/3, 2018, 519-633 p. (editor with Anne Peters) pre-print: MPIL Research Paper No. 2018-19
  • Violation and Confirmation of the Law - The intricate Effects of the Invocation of the Law in armed Conflict. In: Journal on the Use of Force and International Law 5/1, 8-39 (2018). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20531702.2017.1365488
  • pre-print published as: MPIL Research Paper No. 2017-19

  • Referendarexamensklausur – Öffentliches Recht: Versammlungsrecht – Camp in Gipfelnähe. In: Juristische Schulung (JuS) 58, 701-707 (2018) (with Jakob Lehners). beck online
  • Strategische Fernmeldeaufklärung – Neuerungen in den Kompetenzen des Bundesnachrichtendienstes. In: Die Öffentliche Verwaltung (DÖV) 71, 218-229 (2018). via beck-online
  • Cleavages in international law and the danger of a pull towards non-compliance. In: Völkerrechtsblog, 31 January 2018. doi: 10.17176/20180131-120116
  • Verfassungsrechtliche Regeln für Cyberoperationen der Bundeswehr - Aktuelle Herausforderungen für Einsatzbegriff und Parlamentsvorbehalt. In: Juristenzeitung (JZ) 72, 543-552 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1628/002268817X14845739077254
  • Self-defence in Times of Transition. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law) 77/1, 3-13 (2017) (with Anne Peters). pre-print: MPIL Research Paper No. 2017-07
  • A Note on Indeterminacy of the Law on Self-defence against Non-state Actors. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law) 77/1, 91-93 (2017). pre-print: MPIL Research Paper No. 2017-07
  • Self-defence Against Non-state Actors: Impulses from the Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War. Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law), Vol. 77/1, 2017, 93 p. (editor with Anne Peters)
  • A pre-print of this symposium has been published in the MPIL Research Paper Series (SSRN): MPIL Research Paper No. 2017-07

  • International Law in Crisis - Russia's Struggle for Recognition. In: German Yearbook of International Law 58 (2015), 11-48 (2016). German Yearbook of International Law
  • An earlier version of this article has been published as MPIL Research Paper No. 2016-05.

  • The Crimean Crisis from an International Law Perspective. In: Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal (KMLPJ) 2, 13-36 (2016), extended reprint of ZaöRV 74/2, 367-391 (2014). http://kmlpj.ukma.edu.ua/article/view/88177
  • The Promise of Global Democracy - Civil Society Organizations at the International Level. In: New York University Journal of International Law & Politics 47, 719-781 (2015). access via HeinOnline
  • Participatory Democracy in Europe – Article 11 TEU and the Legitimacy of the European Union. In: What Form of Government for the European Union and the Eurozone?, Federico Fabbrini / Ernst Hirsch Ballin / Han Somsen (ed.). Hart Publishing, Oxford 2015, 151-169. SSRN version
  • Open Stakeholder Consultations at the European Level - Voice of the Citizens?. In: European Law Journal 21/2, 257-280 (2015). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eulj.12084/abstract
  • Symposium: "The Incorporation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in the Light of International Law". Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht / Heidelberg Journal of International Law, Vol. 75/1, 2015, 231 p. (editor with Anne Peters, Matthias Hartwig) download
  • Territorial Integrity in International Law - Its Concept and Implications for Crimea. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law) 75/1, 7-26 (2015). download
  • Introduction to the Symposium: "The Incorporation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in the Light of International Law". In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law) 75/1, 3-5 (2015) (with Anne Peters, Matthias Hartwig). Marxsen_Peters_Hartwig_Symposium Intro (PDF, 76.0 KB)
  • Resolution 2178 und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Bundesrepublik. In: Series, 10 November 2014. www.voelkerrechtsblog.com
  • Крымский кризис с позиции международного права (The Crimean Crisis from the Perspective of International Law) - translation of ZaöRV 74/2, 367-391 (2014).. In: Сравнительное конституционное обозрение (Comparative Constitutional Review) 102/5, 56-72 (2014).
  • The Crimea Crisis - An International Law Perspective. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law) 74/2, 367-391 (2014). download
  • Crimea’s Declaration of Independence, published on: EJIL Talk!, March 18, 2014. http://www.ejiltalk.org/crimeas-declaration-of-independence/

Further

  • Geltung und Macht – Jürgen Habermas’ Theorie von Recht, Staat und Demokratie (translation: Validity and Power – Jürgen Habermas’ Theory of Law, State and Democracy). Wilhelm Fink, München, 2011, 280 p., Univ. Diss., Hamburg 2010 link to publishing house
  • Reviewed in:

    - Neue Politische Literatur Vol. 57/3 (2012), 530-531.

    - ARSP (Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie), Vol. 98/4 (2012), 581-583.

    - Widerspruch – Münchner Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Vol. 55 (2012), 129-131.

    - Portal für Politikwissenschaft (www.pw-portal.de/rezension/34105-geltung-und-macht_40907)

    - Aufklärung und Kritik (2012), 264-265.

    - Dokos – Revista Filosófoca, Vol. 7-8 (2011), 107-111.

     

Presentations

14 Sep 2018

Can war be a path to peace? (in German)

panel discussion with Carolyn Moser, Paulina Starski, Alexander Wentker and Alexandra Kemmerer (Max Planck Day)

27 Aug 2018

Legal protection against mass surveillance: the case of DE-CIX (in German)

MPIL

07 Jun 2018

Competing norms of peace: Constitutional and international legal requirements for the deployment of the Bundeswehr (in German)

Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft, Heidelberg

19 Mar 2018

The Security Council as a Guarantor of Peace

Workshop im Rahmen des Deutsch-chinesisches Diplomaten-Völkerrechtsseminars (zusammen mit Dr. Raffaela Kunz und Dr. Carolyn Moser)

Foreign Office, Berlin

19 Feb 2018

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

MPIL

20 Nov 2017

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

MPIL

10 Nov 2017 - 11 Nov 2017

Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace an War

Reparation for Victims of Armed Conflict (Co-convener and moderator)

Harnack Haus Berlin

27 May 2017

International Law and the Fight against Terrorism – What is the current legal Framework?

ELSA Freiburg Spring Conference

Universität Freiburg. 10-11.30.

08 May 2017

Towards new escalations? Recent developments in Syria and North Korea

MPIL

08 Mar 2017

Non-state actors and the transformation of international peace and security law

Santiago de Chile/Heidelberg LLM Programme International Law 2016/17– Heidelberg Term

MPIL. 9:30-11:00.

27 Feb 2017

New rules for surveillance - the new BND Gesetz (in German)

MPIL

26 Sep 2016

Cyber threats and the restructuring of the Bundeswehr (in German)

MPIL

10 Sep 2016

Violation and Reconfirmation of the Law - The Intricate Effects of Illegal State Action

Riga Graduate School of Law, Riga, 12th ESIL Annual Conference: How International Law Works in Times of Crisis, 8 - 10 September 2016. 9.00 am.

07 Mar 2016

The Syrian Conflict – Actors, Interests, and International Law

University of Heidelberg (LL.M. Programme of the Universities Heidelberg and Santiago de Chile)

15 Feb 2016

North Korea's recent nuclear test and international responses

MPIL

18 Nov 2015

Russia’s struggle for recognition and the dangers for international law and politics

Tongji University, Shanghai

13 Nov 2015

International Law in Crisis – Which role does international law play in the conflict between Russia and the West?

Peking University Law School

17 Aug 2015

Russia and the UN Security Council - recent developments

MPIL

02 Jul 2015

Tackling Uncertainty. How International Law Addresses its own Grey Zones

2015 ICON•S Conference, New York University School of Law

22 Jun 2015

Der aktuelle Stand der Europäischen Bürgerinitiative

MPIL

14 May 2015

Shades of Illegality

ESIL Research Forum, European Univeristy Institute, Florence

03 Mar 2015

The Conflict between Russia and Ukraine - A Crisis of International Law?

Lecture given for the Santiago de Chile-Heidelberg LL.M. program

Heidelberg

23 Feb 2015

Vertrauenskrise in Europa - Ein Bericht aus Moskau

MPIL

24 Jan 2015

Discussant

SFB 700 (Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit) - Doktorandenkolloquium

Freie Universität Berlin

02 Sep 2014

Territorial integrity and the incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation

Conference: The incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation in the light of international law

Max-Planck-Institute for International Law, Heidelberg

21 Jul 2014

ICJ: Marshall Islands v. UK and other states

MPIL Referentenbesprechung

06 Jun 2014

The future of participatory governance

Conference: "What form of government for the european union and the eurozone?"

Tilburg University School of Law, NL

10 Mar 2014

The Crimea Crisis

MPIL

Teaching

Summer term 2018

Examenstutorium Öffentliches Recht

Universität Heidelberg, Juristische Fakultät, ÜR 1 (Juristisches Seminar), Termine gem. Aushang

Summer term 2018

Colloquium in International Law

Universität Heidelberg, Juristische Fakultät, venue: Max-Planck-Institut Völkerrecht, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, Heidelberg, Raum 014, Mondays, bi-weekly (see syllabus)

Kolloquium_SoSe2018_Ankuendigung1.pdf (PDF, 281.2 KB)

Winter term 2017/18

Klausurenkurs II - Öffentliches Recht

Heidelberg, dates as announced

Summer term 2017

Examenstutotium Öffentliches Recht

ÜR 1 (Juristisches Seminar), Dates as announced

Summer term 2017

Colloquium in International Law

Universität Heidelberg, Juristische Fakultät, Veranstaltungsort: Max-Planck-Institut Völkerrecht, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, Heidelberg, Raum 014, montags zweiwöchentlich, 18-20 ct, gem. Aushang

Summer term 2016

Colloquium in International Law

Juristische Fakultät, Universität Heidelberg, Max Planck Institut, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, Heidelber, Raum 014, Mondays, bi-weekly (see syllabus)

Colloquium_in_International_Law.pdf (PDF, 319.9 KB)

Winter term 2015/16

Peace and security law (seminar)

CYUPS Law School, 25 W 3rd Ring Rd N, Haidian, Beijing, China, monday, 4.35-6.10 pm

Winter term 2015/16

Introduction into European Union law (seminar)

CYUPS Law School, 25 W 3rd Ring Rd N, Haidian, Beijing, China, Thursday, 4.35-6.10 pm

Summer term 2015

The Changing Role of Subjects in international law

Santiago de Chile, May 2015

Summer term 2015

Colloquium: Current Developments in International Law, 1 hrs.

Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg Max Planck Institute for Internatinal Law, Monday, 6-8 pm (bi-weekly)

Summer term 2015

Case studies in public international law and international human rights law

Neue Universität, Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg, Raum NUni HS 04a, Tuesday, 6.00-7.30 pm

Winter term 2014/15

Wartime Gender Violence: Japan and the Military Enslavement of Women in World War II

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law
The workshop on modes of coming to terms with Military Violence against Women in War aims to investigate how gender related crimes against women in war-time have been and are being dealt with. The workshop combines a historical perspective with an analysis of the current state of international law, drawing on a particular example. Heidelberg, 9 December 2014

Winter term 2014/15

Colloquium: Current Developments in International Law

Max Planck Institute for International Law, Mondays, 6-8 pm (bi-weekly)

Winter term 2014/15

Case studies in public international law

, Tuesdays, 6-8 pm

SoSe 2014

Case studies in public international law

Neuen Uni HS UG X 61, Grabengasse 3-5, Heidelberg, Tuesdays, 6-8 pm

SoSe 2014

Völkerrechtliches Kolloquium

MPI Völkerrecht, Mittermaierstr. 31, Raum 1.110, Montags, 18.00 – 20.00 (zwei-wöchentlich)

Honours

2012-2013 Hans Kelsen Scholarship - full tuition scholarship, awarded by NYU Law

2012-2013 ERP-scholarship, awarded by the German National Academic Foundation

2007-2009 Ph.D. Scholarship, awarded by the State of Hamburg