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Florian Kriener

Research Fellow
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-342

Main Fields of Research:

Principle of Non-Intervention; Use of Force in International Law; International Nonviolent Protest Movements; Democracy Promotion

Academic Career:

Starting 01/2020: Research Fellow at MPIL, Member of the Max Planck Research Group Shades of Illegality in International Peace and Security Law

  • Visiting Researcher at King's College London (07-08/2022)

Research Project: Support to Nonviolent Protest Movements and International Law

12/2019: First State Exam in Law, with a special focus on Public International Law

2014-2019: Legal Studies at the University of Heidelberg

  • Assistant at MPIL 2017-2019 and with the Max Planck Foundation for Rule of Law and International Peace 
  • Internships at the German Embassy Santiago de Chile and Noerr LLP's Berlin offices
  • Jessup Moot Court 2016

2016-2017: Exchange at Universidad de Chile

  • Student Assistant at Heidelberg Center para America Latina
  • Research visit with the Chilean Supreme Court

2013: Abitur at the German School, Santiago de Chile

Recent Publications

  • Privatisierte Demokratieförderung - Die völkerrechtliche Zurechnung halbstaatlicher Demokratieförderer am Beispiel der deutschen politischen Stiftungen und des National Endowment for Democracy. In: Archiv des Völkerrechts 4, 439-475 (2021) (with Viktoria Schmidt).
  • The Rise of Nonviolent Protest Movements and the African Union’s Legal Framework. In: ESIL Reflection 10/4 (2021) (with Elizabeth Wilson).
  • Non-violent protest movements and the recognition of governments. In: ZaöRV / Heidelberg Journal of International Law 80/4, 881-911 (2020).
  • Authoritative Decision of the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, Arbitration. Conflict Barometer 2020, 25-26, 2021.
  • Invitation - Excluding ab initio a Breach of Art. 2 (4) UNCh or a Preclusion of Wrongfulness? In: ZaöRV 79/3, 643-646 (2019).
  • Determining an International Watercourse: The Dispute of Chile v. Bolivia concerning the Silala. In: Revista Tribuna Internacional 6/12 (2017).
  • International Court of Justice; International Criminal Court. In: Conflict Barometer published by the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research 28, 21-22 (2019).




17 May 2021

The German Position on the Application of International Law in Cyberspace

MPIL Monday Meeting

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Convenor of the Max Planck Discussion Series on International Legal Questions arising from the Russian Aggression against Ukraine, 08.03.2022 - 29.03.2022

Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of War and Peace, Vol. IV - Intervention by Invitation, MPIL Heidelberg, 08.11.2018 - 09.11.2018

International Law as Process and Practice: A Transatlantic Conversation on Use of Force, Berlin, 03.07.2019

Contested Norms of International Peace and Security Law, MPIL Heidelberg, 07.05.2020 - 08.05.2020

Armed Drones and International Law (Heidelberger Salon), 11.06.2020


German National Academic Foundation (doctoral scholarship)

Heinrich Böll Foundation (doctoral scholarship)

 2016-2017: Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)



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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law