Principal Investigators

  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bast
    Jürgen Bast is the spokesperson of the Research Group MeDiMi, head of its coordination unit and Principal Investigator of the legal research project “Territoriality, Public Authority, and Human Rights: the EU’s Border Regimes”. Since 2013, he is Professor of Public Law and European Law at Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU).
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Buckley-Zistel
    Susanne Buckley-Zistel is Deputy Spokesperson of MeDiMi and Principal Investigator in the project “Human Rights Crimes, Norm Entrepreneurs, and the Implementation of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction in Germany”. She is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Conflict Studies at Philipps University Marburg.
  • Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez
    Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez is a Professor in Sociology with a focus on culture and migration at Goethe University Frankfurt and Principal Investigator in the MeDiMi project “Human Rights Discourse in Political Protests of Refugees and Undocumented Migrants in Germany and the US”.
  • Prof. Dr. Michaela Hailbronner
    Michaela Hailbronner is a Professor of German and International Public Law and Comparative Law at the University of Münster. She is Principal Investigator of the MeDiMi project “Systemic Deficiencies in the System of Protecting the Human Rights of Migrants: the Inter-American and the European Court of Human Rights in Comparison”.
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Knipper
    Michael Knipper is Professor of Global Health, Migration, and Medical Humanities at the Institute for the History, Theory, and Ethics of Medicine at the University of Giessen. He is Principal Investigator in the MeDiMi project “Migration and the Humanrightization of ‘Health’: Paradigms, Practices, and Conflicts”.
  • Prof. Dr. Greta Olson
    Greta Olson is Principal Investigator in the MeDiMi project “Dehumanizing, Victimizing, or Universalizing? How Images of Migration Interact with Human Rights Discourse”, which examines affective responses to images of migration in the context of human rights. Greta has been a Professor of English and American Literature and Cultural Studies at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen since 2009.
  • Prof. Dr. Frederik von Harbou
    Frederik von Harbou is Professor of Law at the Department of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences Jena. He is Principal Investigator in the MeDiMi project “Human Rights Transformations of German Migration Law”.
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Janna Wessels
    Janna Wessels is Principal Investigator in the MeDiMi project “Who is Empowered by Strasbourg? Migrants and States before the ECtHR”. She is Associate Professor at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law (ACMRL), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Prior to joining the ACMRL, Janna Wessels held positions at Justus Liebig University Giessen and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
  • Prof. Dr. Christine Wiezorek
    Christine Wiezorek is a Professor of Educational Research specializing in the pedagogy of adolescence at Justus Liebig University Giessen and Principal Investigator in the MeDiMi project “Human Rights as Reference Point of Professional Ethics for Social-Educational Practice in Migration Societies”.
  • Prof. Dr. Dariuš Zifonun
    Dariuš Zifonun is a Professor of Sociology at Philipps University Marburg. He is also the Principal Investigator in the MeDiMi project “Doing Human Rights: How the Categories of ‘Human’ and ‘Migrant’ are made (Ir-)Relevant in Everyday Life”.