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Erin Pobjie

Dr. iur., LL.M., Senior Research Fellow

pobjie@mpil.de
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-346

Forschungsschwerpunkte:

International Peace and Security Law; Emerging Global Security Risks; Use of Force; United Nations Law; Space Law; International Human Rights Law

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang:

Dr Erin Pobjie is a Senior Research Fellow and member of the research group Shades of Illegality, which analyses international peace and security law from the perspective of deviant behaviour and from the perspective of States’ challenges to the law. She is also a lecturer in the Master of Laws in International Law program at the Heidelberg Centre Latin America, a center of excellence in research and teaching of Heidelberg University in Santiago de Chile. Erin is a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on the Use of Force: Military Assistance on Request, and co-convener of the European Society of International Law’s Interest Group on Peace and Security.

Erin researches in the field of public international law, with a focus on international peace and security and the use of force between States. Her forthcoming monograph is Prohibited Force: The Meaning of Force under International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Her current research focuses on multilateralism and emerging threats to international peace and security.

Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute in 2019, Erin was a Research Fellow at the Institute for International Peace and Security Law of the University of Cologne (2014–19), where she completed her PhD summa cum laude under the supervision of Professor Claus Kreß. She was a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (2017), and appointed as a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court’s Victims Participation and Reparations Section (2014). Erin holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (with Distinction) from the University of Essex (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Melbourne (2007). Erin is a qualified Australian lawyer and previously practised commercial law in Melbourne, and has experience working in human rights and development in Australia, Thailand and Latin America.

Aktuelle Publikationen

  • COVID-19 and the Scope of the UN Security Council’s Mandate to Address Non-Traditional Threats to International Peace and Security. In: Heidelberg Journal of International Law / Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht 1, 117-146 (2021). available open access via Nomos
  • The Israeli Raid against the PLO Headquarters in Tunis - 1985. In: International Law and the Use of Force: A Case-Based Approach, Tom Ruys (Hrsg.). Oxford University Press, Oxford 2018, 295-402 (zusammen mit Fanny Declercq, Raphael van Steenberghe). available on OUP website
  • The Killing of Khalil al-Wazir by Israeli Commandos in Tunis - 1988. In: International Law and the Use of Force: A Case-Based Approach, Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten (Hrsg.). Oxford University Press, Oxford 2018, 403-407 (zusammen mit Fanny Declercq, Raphael van Steenberghe). available on OUP website
  • Buchbesprechung: McLaughlin, Cahal: It Stays with You: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti, Port-au-Prince, 2017. In: Irish Yearbook of International Law, 11-12, 258-267, 2018. available on SSRN
  • Victims of the Crime of Aggression. In: The Crime of Aggression: A Commentary, Claus Kress, Stefan Barriga (Hrsg.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2017, 816-860. available on CUP website

Blogposts

  • Covid-19 as a threat to international peace and security: The role of the UN Security Council in addressing the pandemic. EJIL: Talk!, 27 July 2020. EJIL: Talk!

Working Papers

  • COVID-19 and the Scope of the UN Security Council’s Mandate to Address Non-Traditional Threats to International Peace and Security. Max Planck Research Paper Series, 2020. MPIL Research Paper No. 2020-41

In Medien

    Aggression and its Victims: Exploring Recent Developments in International Law

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    International law has not traditionally recognised individuals as victims of the crime of aggression. Recent developments may precipitate a departure from this approach. In her panel talk, Dr Erin Pobjie discusses the activation of the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over the crime of aggression and argues that it opens the way for the future application of the Court’s regime of victim participation and reparation in the context of prosecutions for this crime.

    COVID-19 as a Threat to International Peace and Security: The Response of the UN Security Council to the Pandemic

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    In this presentation, Dr Erin Pobjie discusses UN Security Council Resolution 2532, the legal basis for the measures called for in the resolution and the potential role of the Security Council in addressing global threats such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

Weitere Publikationen

Vorträge

25.02.2021

Covid-19 as a Threat to International Peace and Security: The Role of the UN (invited talk)

Seminar for senior officers on "International security: Military policy and decision making processes within NATO, UN and EU". Participation upon invitation by Italian Chief of Defence

Institute for Advanced Defence Studies, Italian Ministry of Defence

International Capstone Course

15.02.2021

Aggression and its Victims: Exploring Recent Developments in International Law (invited talk)

NUI Galway. 16:30.

Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway YouTube channel

03.12.2020

Climate change and international security

Joint workshop, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and German Federal Foreign Office

16.11.2020

The killing of Qassem Soleimani

Referentenbesprechung

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

13.07.2020

Covid-19 as a threat to international peace and security: The response of the Security Council to the pandemic

Referentenbesprechung

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

MPIL Heidelberg YouTube channel

11.12.2017

Peregrine Talk: The lower boundary of the prohibition of the use of force between States under international law

Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge

27.06.2016

The meaning of "force" in the UN Charter and customary international law

Institute for Air and Space Law, University of Cologne

15.09.2014

Effective implementation of reparations for victims within the framework of the Rome Statute

Victims Participation and Reparations Section, International Criminal Court

Lehre

Summer Term 2021

Colloquium in International Law

University of Heidelberg Law Faculty

Summer Term 2021

State responsibility under international law

Heidelberg Centre Latin America, University of Heidelberg and University of Chile Law Faculty. Course in LLM in International Law, Investments, Trade and Arbitration

Winter Term 2021

Current developments in international peace and security law

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Guest lecture for visiting LLM students, 4 March 2021

Winter Term 2020-21

Certificate Program, Law – Ethics – Economics

University of Tübingen Law Faculty

Summer Term 2020

Völkerrecht III (International human rights and humanitarian law)

University of Tübingen Law Faculty, Lecture for students of Law and Masters of Peace Research and International Relations (39 hours)

Summer Term 2020

Colloquium in International Law

University of Heidelberg Law Faculty

May 2020

International law of State responsibility

University of Chile Law Faculty, Course for LLM in International Law

Winter Term 2020

Current developments in international peace and security law

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Guest lecture for visiting LLM students, 4 March 2020

Winter Term 2013 - 2017

International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition

Co-coach, Law Faculty, University of Cologne

Teilnahme an Tagungen im In- und Ausland

ESIL Research Forum Catania, Interest Group on Peace and Security workshop, 'The Question of Solidarity in Peace and Security', Panel Chair: Solidarity and the Use of Force, 15.04.2021 - 15.04.2021

Stanford Existential Risks Conference, 16.04.2021 - 17.04.2021

International Law Association Biennial Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 29.11.2020 - 13.12.2020

UN at 75: Effective Multilateralism and International Law, Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations and the Germal Federal Foreign Office, 09.10.2020 - 09.10.2020

Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2020, 23.06.2020 - 24.06.2020

European Society of International Law (ESIL) annual conference, Athens, 12.09.2019 - 14.09.2019

Sir Elihu Lauterpacht Memorial Symposium, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, 13.10.2017 - 13.10.2017

Wissenschaftliche Auszeichnungen

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship

University Mobility in the Asia-Pacific Award

Melbourne University Study Abroad Scholarship

Commonwealth Learning Scholarship

International House Academic Scholarship

Melbourne University Dean's List Award for Outstanding Achievement in Studies

ZONTA Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Mitgliedschaften

Member, International Law Association Committee on the Use of Force: Military Assistance on Request

Member, International Law Association Australian Branch

Member, European Society of International Law (ESIL)

Co-Convener, ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security

Academic Advisory Board Member, Heidelberg Journal of International Law / Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht

Peer Reviewer, European Journal of International Law