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Dana Schmalz

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

schmalz@mpil.de

Main Fields of Research:

Refugee law, migration and citizenship, international and European human rights law, critical approaches to international law, legal philosophy, law and literature.

Academic Career:

In the fall term 2021/2022 and spring/summer 2022, Dana Schmalz is a visiting professor (Lehrstuhlvertretung) for the chair "International Law" at the University of Jena.

02-06/2022: Visiting lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

since 09/2020: Research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

Associated researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

Return fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (09/2020 - 08/2021)

10/2019 - 08/2020: Visiting scholar at Columbia Law School, New York

Feodor Lynen postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

Senior fellow at the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

04 - 09/2019: Visiting professor (Vertretungsprofessur) at the University of Bremen, Faculty of Law

09/2018 - 03/2019: Visiting scholar at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School, New York

01/2017 - 08/2018: Postdoctoral research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen

02/2017: Ph.D. in law (summa cum laude), University of Frankfurt 

01 - 12/2016: LL.M. in Comparative Legal Thought, Cardozo Law School, New York

10/2014 - 01/2016: Research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Berlin Office

10/2015: Visiting researcher at the European University Institute, Florence

10/2014 - 04/2015: Associate fellow at the DFG-Research Group "Multilevel Constitutionalism: European Experiences and Global Perspectives", Humboldt-University Berlin

02/2014 - 06/2014: Visiting fellow at the ERC-Research Project “Global Trust”, Tel Aviv University

2013 - 2016: Member of the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”, University of Frankfurt

11/2011 - 09/2014: Research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

Dissertation: "World citizens at the border? Democratic theory, international law, and the figure of the refugee", supervised by Armin von Bogdandy, PhD scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation

2009 - 2013: Studies of philosophy at the Universities of Mainz and Heidelberg

2006 - 2011: Studies of law at the Universities of Bonn, Mainz and Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)

Dana Schmalz is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Völkerrechtsblog, an associate editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON), an editor of the journal Kritische Justiz (KJ) and an associate editor at Verfassungsblog, covering asylum law, migration and welfare issues.


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Recent Publications

Blogposts

Media

Further Publications

Presentations

19 Oct 2021

Supervision of the Refugee Convention by the European Court of Human Rights

Presentation at the Conference "The 70th Anniversary of the 1951 Geneva Convention", Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen/Association Française pour les Nations Unies

online

24 Sep 2021

Menschenrechte auf der Flucht – ein Blick auf die Außengrenzen der EU

Opening presentation

Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll

25 Jun 2021

Mitsprache und Repräsentation: Zur Beteiligung von Flüchtlingen in internationalen Foren

Vortrag bei der Konferenz „Un-/Sichtbarkeit von Flucht“ Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, online

06 May 2021

Kritischer Universalismus des internationalen Rechts

Vortrag bei der Tagung des Jungen Forums Rechtsphilosophie „Kritische Theorie(n) des Rechts“, Braunschweig/online

07 Apr 2021

Book discussion: Refugees, Democracy and the Law. Political Rights at the Margins of the State

Diskussion mit Kommentaren von Itamar Mann und Nora Markard

Haifa University / online

Recording

18 Feb 2021

Book Discussion: Refugees, Democracy and the Law. Political Rights at the Margins of the State

International Institute for Migration and Security Research (IIMSR), Sofia

Video recording

17 Feb 2021

Völkerrechtliche Tagesthemen: Gespräch zum Thema Flucht und Migration

Diskussionsrunde mit Daniel Thym, moderiert von Nele Matz-Lück

Walther-Schücking-Institut für Internationales Recht (online)

Recording

26 Nov 2020

Law and Population

Presentation in the Legal Theory Seminar at Humboldt University Berlin

29 Oct 2020

Moorlandschaften der Effizienz: Schutzsuchende in Europa und das Absinken des Rechts

Vortrag bei den Kritischen Einführungswochen der Universität Leipzig, online

03 Jun 2020

Groups, masses, collectives: perspectives from refugee law on “migration in the plural”

Kolloquium Sozialphilosophie, FU Berlin/online

29 Apr 2020

International law‘s concern with global population growth – a short history and outlook

Columbia Law School

03 Mar 2020

A counterbalancing exception: the refugee concept as a normative idea

University of Uppsala

06 Dec 2019

Migration und Demokratie

Vortrag auf dem Panel „Pluralismus und Repräsentation“, Symposion zum 80. Geburtstag von Ulrich K. Preuß, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

17 Jul 2019

Zugang zu Schutz an den Grenzen Europas – aktuelle Fälle vor dem EGMR

Vortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung Migration, Universität Würzburg

05 Jul 2019

The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration

Vortrag bei der Jahreskonferenz der Hessischen Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Frankfurt am Main

20 Jun 2019

Zugang zu Schutz an den Grenzen Europas – Fragen der Reichweite von Menschenrechten

Vortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung „Migration: Globale Bewegungsfreiheit oder nationale Grenzen?“, Universität Leipzig

05 Jun 2019

Distant claimants and the political function of fundamental rights adjudication: revisiting the debate about migrants’ right to have rights

Vortrag bei der Jahreskonferenz der Refugee Law Initiative, University of London

11 Apr 2019

Judgment and authority: Hannah Arendt’s influence on contemporary refugee law scholarship

Keynote bei der Konferenz „Coming home: the return of refugee scholarship“, Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity, and the European Narratives, University of Helsinki
Vortragsverzeichnis (PDF, 88.2 KB)

Teaching

spring term 2022

The European Court of Human Rights – recent developments and cases

University of Jena

spring term 2022

Migration and Citizenship

University of Jena

spring term 2022

Histories of International Law

University of Jena

fall term 2021/2022

International and European Refugee Law

University of Jena

fall term 2021/2022

Human Rights Law

University of Jena

fall term 2021/2022

Current Issues in International Law

University of Jena

spring term 2019

Internationalisierung des Rechts/Staatsrecht III

University of Bremen

spring term 2019

Internationales und europäisches Flüchtlingsrecht – Grundlagen und aktuelle Fragen

University of Bremen

spring term 2019

Recht und Literatur

University of Bremen

spring term 2018

Contemporary questions of international refugee law through a law and literature lens

University of Göttingen

fall term 2017/2018

Law and literature

University of Göttingen

spring term 2017

Refugee law from a democratic theory perspective

Freie Universität Berlin

Miscellaneous

FFVT Panel Debate: "About the Non/Sense of Distinguishing between Migrants and Refugees", 1.10.2020

Erst kommt die Ordnung, dann die Moral?, Interview im Deutschlandfunk, 29. März 2020

Worüber denken Sie gerade nach, Dana Schmalz?, Die ZEIT, 12. Dez. 2018

Interview zur Frage der Zurückweisungen an der Grenze, NTV, 15. Juni 2018