Charlotte Lülf, LL.M., M.A.

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Assoc. PhD Student

Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict
Ruhr-University Bochum
Building NA, Room 02/30
Universitätsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum

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Research Interests

  • International Humanitarian Law and Challenges of Contemporary Armed Conflicts
  • International Law of Peace and the Use of Force in Public International Law
  • International Refugee Law and Refugee Protection in different fields of International Law
  • International Criminal Law

Current Project

Seeking Refuge in Europe – The Protection of People Fleeing Armed Conflict in International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and European Asylum Laws

Migration flows, resulting from war, climate change or economic crisis cannot be tackled by single states but need to be addressed as a transnational and international responsibility. Refugee law, established in the aftermath of World War II, fails to regulate and even more to provide for effective protection. Widely excluded are people not individually persecuted for the statutory criteria, people that flee from the indiscriminate effects of a generalised situation of violence or disaster. To what rights are they entitled and what obligations can be derived for involved states? My PhD Project addresses people fleeing from armed conflict, with people fleeing to Europe as a main target group. Focussing on that group allows for the inclusion of several fields of law: the project identifies how refugee protection standards can be enriched through recourse to human rights and the laws of armed conflict against the background of the asylum procedures of the EU.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze


Since 2013:   PhD Candidate at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE)
Since 2012:   Research Associate at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)
2011 - 2012:   University of Leiden / Leiden and The Hague (the Netherlands)
Master of Law (LL.M.) in Public International Law
Thesis: Modern Technologies and Targeting under International Humanitarian Law
2005 - 2010:   University of Kiel (Germany)
Magister Artium (M.A.) in Political Science, German Public Law, Philosophy and Medieval and Modern History
Thesis: Collective Securitization – Terrorism and Piracy as Non-Traditional Security Threats in South East Asia?