Christina Binder

Chair, International Law and International Human Rights Law at the Bundewehr University in Munich since 2014

Christina Binder was University Professor for International Law at the Department of European, International and Comparative Law and Deputy Director of the interdisciplinary Human Rights Research Centre at the University of Vienna until 2014. She obtained the venia docendi for public international law from the University of Vienna in June 2012. She  holds Master’s degrees in law (1999) and in French (2000) from the University of Graz as well as a doctorate in law (2003) from the University of Innsbruck. She also obtained a European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA, 2002) from the University of Padua. Christina Binder was visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Center for International Law in Cambridge (2007-08), at the Max Planck Institut for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (2008-10) and at the McGill University in Montréal (August 2015). She is member of Executive Boards of the European Society of International Law and of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. She is also member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and of the ILA Committees on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and on Feminism in International Law.

Christina Binder was short term visiting professor at Bocconi University, Milan (2012), at the UNSW in Sydney (2014) and at the Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble (2016). Her current teaching activities include lectures, courses and seminars in general international law and international human rights law at the University of Vienna in German, English and French. She also fulfils teaching assignments at the Austrian Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and has taught international human rights law at the University of Yogyakarta (Indonesia), the PUC (Sao Paolo) and the Renmin University and China. Further professional experiences include consultancies in the field of electoral and democracy support. Christina Binder worked as a legal and electoral expert for election observation and assessment missions, including Ecuador (2007 and 2009) and Rwanda (2008 and 2010) with the EU; Usbekistan (2009) and Estonia (2011) with OSCE/ODIHR, as well as Albania (2015) and Armenia (2016) with the Council of Europe. She also trained officials from the Sudanese Ministry of Justice in electoral matters for MPI/UNDP (2010).

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Research focus

  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Democratisation; International Standards of Political Participation
  • International security – political and legal aspects
  • International Criminal Law
  • Rights of Women
  • International Law of Treaties
  • International Investment Law

Major recent publications


La protección de los Derechos Humanos en Europa y las Américas: Perspectivas, avances y desafíos, Porrúa (2016) (286 p.).

with J. Hofbauer, F. Piovesan, A. Steiner, E. Steiner, Social Rights in the Case Law of Regional Human Rights Monitoring Institutions: the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples‘ Rights, NWV/Intersentia (2016) (531 p.).

with A. Reinisch, M. Footer, International Law and… Select Proceedings of the European Society of International Law, Hart (2016) (400 p.).

Einheit oder Fragmentierung des Völkerrechts am Beispiel der Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Menschenrechtsgerichtshofs und der Investitionsschiedsgerichte, in: 4 ZÖR (2015) (p. 737-778).

Sections 31-36 of the General Convention, in: A. Reinisch (eds.), The Conventions on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies. A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2016) (p. 629-658).

Sections 41-49 of the Special Agencies Convention, in: A. Reinisch (eds.), The Conventions on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies. A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2016) (p. 659-695).

Die Grenzen der Vertragstreue im Völkerrecht am Beispiel der nachträglichen Änderung der Umstände, in der Reihe “Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht” (A. von Bogdandy, R. Wolfrum, eds.) Springer (2013) (765 p.)

The Prohibition of Amnesties by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, in: A. von Bogdandy, I. Venzke (eds.), Lawmaking by International Courts, Springer (2012) (pp. 295-328).