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Elif Askin

Dr. iur., MLaw, Senior Research Fellow

askin@mpil.de

Main Fields of Research:

Public international law | international, European and national human rights law | socio-economic rights | extraterritorial application of human rights | global governance | comparative constitutional law | Swiss constitutional law | Turkish constitutional law

Academic Career:

since 2020: Lecturer at the Europa-Institut of the Saarland University

since 11/2019: Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany

2019: Ph.D. (summa cum laude) at the Faculty of Law, University of Basel, Switzerland

10/2014-9/2019: PhD candidate (Supervisor: Prof. Anne Peters)

PhD project: "The Extraterritorial Application of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Times of Globalization"

2015: Visiting Scholar at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa, funded by the Humboldt Foundation

Since 2014: Co-Organizer of the Human Rights Discussion Group of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

9/2013-10/2019: Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany

2013: Research Assistant to Prof. Anne Peters, chair of public international law and constitutional law, Law Faculty, University of Basel, Switzerland

2012-2013: Research Assistant to Prof. Sabine Gless, chair of criminal law and criminal procedure, Law Faculty, University of Basel (research in the field of international criminal law)

2012-2013: Legal Clerkship in a Swiss law firm

2012: Legal Clerkship in the legal department of the Government of Basel, Switzerland

2011: Master in International Law, Law Faculty, University of Basel

2010-2016: Research Assistant to Prof. Denise Brühl-Moser in the field of public law, international law and European law, Switzerland

2010: Internship in the diplomatic section of the Swiss Embassy in Cairo, Egypt

2010: Bachelor of Law, Law Faculty, University of Basel

2008-2012: Student Research Assistant to Prof. Anne Peters, chair of public international law and constitutional law, Law Faculty, University of Basel

2006-2010: Law Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland

Language Skills

German | English | French | Spanish | Turkish

Recent Publications

  • Internationaler Menschenrechtsschutz: Eine Einführung. In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ) Zeitschrift der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Heft 20, 4-10 (2020), (with Anne Peters). APuZ_2020_20_Menschenrechte.pdf
  • International Protection of Human Rights in the Era of Postglobalism and Populism (with Anne Peters). MPIL Research Paper Series, 2020. MPIL Research Paper No. 2020-13
  • Economic and Social Rights, Extraterritorial Application. Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford University Press, January 2019.
  • Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations of States in the Event of Disease Outbreaks. In: The Governance of Disease Outbreaks. International Health Law: Lessons from the Ebola Crisis and Beyond, Leonie Vierck, Pedro A. Villarreal, A. Katarina Weilert (eds.). Nomos, Baden-Baden 2017, 175-211.
  • Turkey. In: The Freedom of Assembly in Europe, Anne Peters, Isabelle Ley (eds.). Nomos / Hart Publishing, Baden-Baden 2016, 137-174.
  • Freedom of Assembly in Turkey, in Comparative Study on the Freedom of Assembly within Member States of the Venice Commission (prepared by Prof. Anne Peters and Dr. Isabelle Ley), March 2014

  • Ein Menschenrecht auf Staatsangehörigkeit? Aktuelle Fragen zur extraterritorialen Einbürgerungspraxis der mittel- und osteuropäischen Staaten. In: MenschenRechtsMagazin 12/2, 182-195 (2012).

Blogposts

  • Lithuania and Romania Complicit for Hosting CIA "Black Sites". Verfassungsblog, 2018.
  • Konzernmacht und Verantwortung für Menschenrechte und Umwelt: Neue Wege in der Schweiz. Verfassungsblog, 2018.
  • Due Diligence Obligation in Times of Crisis: a Reflection by the Example of International Arms Transfers. EJIL Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law, 2017.
  • Blackmarketing "Bundeswehr" Weapons in Northern Iraq: Applying a Due Diligence Approach to Arms Transfers?. Völkerrechtsblog, 2016.

Presentations

06 Nov 2020

Covid-19-Nationalism instead of Global Solidarity: a Human Rights Assessment

Deutsche Vereinigung für internationales Recht (International Law Association - German Branch)

25 Nov 2019

New General Comment No. 36 on the right to life

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

13 Sep 2019

How to Deal with Negative Cross-Border Externalities of States' Domestic Economic and Social Policies: Functional Conceptions to Human Rights-Related Extraterritoriality

Presentation at the 15th Annual Conference of ESIL (European Society of International Law) "Sovereignty: A Concept in Flux?" (Agora III)

National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece

10 Nov 2018

"Extraterritorial" Responsibility of States for Socio-Economic Human Rights in the Age of Globalization

Keynote speech, Heidelberger Dialog zur internationalen Sicherheit 2018 "Grenzen in einer entgrenzten Welt - Konflikte, Klärung, Konsequenzen" of the Forum für internationale Sicherheit Heidelberg

Heidelberg

30 Oct 2018

Soziale Menschenrechte und Extraterritorialität. Extraterritoriale Staatenpflichten im Lichte des UN-Sozialpakts

Poster presentation before the MPI Academic Advisory Board (Fachbeirat)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

08 Oct 2018

International Human Rights Law: Can there be a common standard for humankind as a whole?

Keynote speech at the Workshop "Valuing Human Rights across Asian-European Borders" of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Berlin

27 Aug 2018

"Black Sites" der CIA in Litauen und Rumänien - ECtHR, Abu Zubaydah v. Lithuania and Al-Nashiri v. Romania

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

12 Dec 2017

The Responsibility of States towards Individuals in Foreign Countries: an Assessment of Human Rights Obligations of States beyond their own Borders in the Area of International Social Rights

Presentation at the Research Group Global Health Policies and Systems, Institute of Public Health, Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg

07 Sep 2016

Due Diligence and International Arms Transfers under International Human Rights Law

12th ESIL Annual Conference: How International Law Works in Times of Crisis, IHRL Interest Group Roundtable, Riga Graduate School of Law

Riga

03 Mar 2016

Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the case of Disease Outbreaks, such as Ebola

Presentation at the International Health Governance of Disease Outbreaks Workshop: Infectious Disease Epidemics Control from an IPA Perspective, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law & FEST & Normative Orders, Cluster of Excellence at the Goethe University in Frankfurt a. M.

Heidelberg, Germany

15 Feb 2016

Arms Transfers to Northern Iraq

Presentation at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

09 May 2015

Switzerland`s Direct Democracy and International Agreements: Risk of Conflicts?

Presentation at the 4th Annual Conference 2015 of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law "Developing Democracy: Conversations on Democratic Governance in International, European and Comparative Law"

Cambridge, United Kingdom

25 Feb 2015

Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Field of Social Human Rights: A Doubled-Edged Sword?

Lunch Lecture given at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, University of Pretoria http://www.icla.up.ac.za/news/105-lunch-lecture-by-ms-elif-askin-on-social-human-rights

Pretoria, South Africa

26 Jan 2015

The Extraterritorial Application of the European Court of Human Rights in Armed Conflicts: Jaloud v. Netherlands - A New Approach?

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

31 Oct 2014

The Right to Food

Lecture given at the Workshop with the Leadership of the Afghan Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) "Human Rights as of Today: Instruments, Application, Discourse"

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Heidelberg

31 Oct 2014

The Right to an Adequate Standard of Living

Lecture given at the Workshop with the Leadership of the Afghan Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) "Human Rights as of Today: Instruments, Application, Discourse"

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Heidelberg

08 Sep 2014

The Cyprus v. Turkey Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

20 May 2014

Social Rights and Extraterritorial Obligations of States

Presentation at the International Conference on Social Rights in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the "Second Bill of Rights"

Law School of Lisbon, Portugal

30 Apr 2014

Testing the Thesis of Institutional Self-Empowerment: Social Rights

Presentation at the Masterclass "Critical Studies of International Law" with Prof. Martti Koskenniemi

Heidelberg

27 Jan 2014

European Court of Human Rights "Perincek v. Switzerland"

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

Teaching

Winter Term 2020/21

Lecture (24h), International Human Rights Law, Europa-Institut of the Saarland University

Winter Term 2020/21

Lecture (16h), Grundrechtsschutz in Europa, Europa-Institut of the Saarland University

Summer Term 2020

Lecture (24h), International Human Rights Law, Europa-Institut of the Saarland University

Winter Term 2017

An introduction to international human rights law in light of recent developments, ITLOS-programme, Heidelberg, 15.11.2017

Summer Term 2016

Colloquium in International Law, Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg, 06.06.2016

Summer Term 2016

Colloquium: Internationales Umwelt- und Tierrecht (with Prof. Anne Peters), Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg

Winter Term 2015

Colloquium "Ausgewählte Probleme des internationalen Menschenrechtsschutzes"

Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg

Summer Term 2014

Colloquium in International Law

Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg , 30.06.2014

Winter Term 2014

Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Theorie der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung: Politisch-philosophische, völker- und europarechtliche Zugänge (with Prof. Anne Peters), Law Faculty, Freie Universität Berlin

Winter Term 2013/14

Head Coach of the Jessup Moot Court Team of the University of Heidelberg (National Champion Germany 2014)

Summer Term / Winter Term 2011/12

Tutor in public, civil and criminal law, Faculty of Law, University of Basel, Switzerland

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Inaugural Conference of Max Planck Law, Berlin, 21.10.2019 - 23.10.2019

15th Annual Conference of ESIL (European Society of International Law) "Sovereignty: A Concept in Flus?", National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece, 12.09.2019 - 14.09.2019

Max Planck Trialogue on the Law of Peace and War: Self-Defence Against Non-State Actors, Heidelberg, 04.11.2016 - 05.11.2016

12th ESIL Annual Conference: How International Law Works in Times of Crisis, Riga Graduate School of Law, Riga, Latvia, 07.09.2016 - 10.09.2016

"Global Governance in Hard Times" - 5. Max Planck Masterclass with Professor Michael Zürn, Heidelberg, 02.05.2016 - 04.05.2016

A Doctorate in Law - From Application to Publication, Workshop with JHH Weiler, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, 19.04.2016

International Health Governance of Disease Outbreaks Workshop: Infectious Disease Epidemics Control from an IPA Perspective, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law & FEST & Normative Orders, Cluster of Excellence at the Goethe University in Frankfurt a. M., Heidelberg, Germany, 03.03.2016 - 04.03.2016

"European Convention on Human Rights and the Crimes of the Past", Conference held by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Society of International Law, Strasbourg, France, 26.02.2016, 26.02.2016

Fourth Annual Conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law "Developing Democracy: Conversations on Democratic Governance in International, European and Comparative Law", Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 08.05.2015 - 09.05.2015

"Apprendre à repenser le droit international" - Masterclass with Prof. Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet, Heidelberg, 04.05.2015 - 06.05.2015

Workshop "Wartime Gender Violence: Japan and the Military Enslavement of Women in World War II", Heidelberg, 09.12.2014 - 09.12.2014

Colloquium with Prof. Mary Ellen O`Connell "An Aesthetic Theory of Law", Heidelberg, 27.02.2014 - 27.02.2014

"Human Rights and Change", ISA Human Rights Joint Conference 2014, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, 16.06.2014 - 18.06.2014

"Towards a Global History of International Law", Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, 01.02.2014

Colloquium Iberoamericano "El Presidencialismo latinamericano", Universität Heidelberg, 13.03.2014

The Animal Turn and the Law, Interdisciplinary Perspectives and New Directions in Animal Law, 1st Annual European Animal Law Conference, University of Basel, Faculty of Law, Basel, 04.04.2014 - 05.05.2014

"Critical Studies of International Law" - Masterclass with Prof. Martti Koskenniemi, Heidelberg, 29.04.2014 - 02.05.2014

International Conference on Social Rights in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the "Second Bill of Rights", Law School of Lisbon, Portugal, 19.05.2014 - 22.05.2014

 "The Incorporation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in Light of International Law", Workshop, Heidelberg, 02.09.2014 - 03.09.2014

Memberships

European Society of International Law

Member of the academic advisory board of the Heidelberg Journal of International Law / Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (HJIL / ZaöRV)

Peer Reviewer, HJIL/ZaöRV

International Society of Public Law (ICON-S)

International Law Association

Member of the working group "Global Health Law" (ILA - German Branch)