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MPIL Journalist in Residence


The MPIL Journalist in Residence Fellowship enables journalists with several years of experience to spend three months at the Institute. The time and duration of the stay (between March and November 2024) are agreed individually. MPIL Journalists in Residence are free to pursue their own research. They are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to exchange ideas with researchers at the institute and to participate in our various work and discussion formats.

The MPIL Journalist in Residence Fellowship is geared towards freelance and staff journalists from all media (print, online, radio, television) who report and write regularly on legal and constitutional topics, or topics from politics, the economy and research-related topics.

A monthly research grant is offered for the duration of the stay. The Institute provides desk space and access to all research resources of the Institute's library.

Questions on the programme and the application procedure should be directed by e-mail to .


MPIL Journalist in Residence 2020

Christian Jakob is a staff writer & contributing editor at tageszeitung (taz), Berlin and author of several books. His in-depth reporting covers a wide range of issues, with a special focus on European border policy, migration and human rights.

MPIL Journalist in Residence 2022

Rishika Pardikar (India) is a freelance journalist writing for publications in India and internationally (Mongabay, The Wire, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Sojourners).


Jacob Kushner (United States) is a seasoned freelance journalist with countless articles in important international publications (The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian).


Alexander Borodikhin (Russia) is a journalist with years of experience in independent media such as the renowned Mediazona covering political repression and human rights violations in Russia.


MPIL Journalists in Residence 2023

Olha Konsevych (Ukraine) is an experienced journalist with a PhD in media studies.


Leticia Casado (Brazil), is a reporter for the Brazilian news portal UOL with many years of experience in reporting on politics and economic issues.


Hannah El-Hitami (Germany), is a freelance journalist with writings in DER SPIEGEL, Al-Jazeera, TAZ, netzpolitik and Amnesty Journal.



Event: Making International Law Public. A Conversation with the MPIL/ MPI-CSL Journalists in Residence
06/27/2022| Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin

Evening event featuring conversations with all three current 2022 fellows, Alexander Borodikhin, Rishika Pardikar, and Jacob Kushner, in exchange with the inaugural 2020 fellow, Christian Jakob (taz), Professor Anne Peters (MPIL), Alexandra Kemmerer (MPIL), and Dr. Michael Kilchling (MPI-CSL).

Christian Jakob (Fellow 2020), Rishika Pardikar (Fellow 2022), Jacob Kushner (Fellow 2022)

Alexander Borodikhin (Fellow 2022)