Dana Schmalz

Dr. Dana Schmalz

Law, Philosophy

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Dana Schmalz graduated from the University of Frankfurt with her doctoral thesis “World citizens at the border: democratic theory, international law, and the figure of the refugee”. After studying law and philosophy, she has been a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law in Heidelberg from 2011 to 2016, and part of the cluster of excellence “Normative Orders” at the University of Frankfurt. She was a visiting research fellow at the project “Sovereigns as Trustees of Humanity“ in Tel Aviv, and in the research group "Multilevel Constitutionalism” at Humboldt University Berlin. In 2016, she has been enrolled in the LL.M.-program “Comparative Legal Thought” at the Cardozo School of Law in New York. In spring 2017, Dana is teaching a course in “refugee law from a democratic theory perspective” at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Freie Universität Berlin. Her work focuses on the intersections of political philosophy and refugee law, in particular questions relating to the refugee concept, responsibility-sharing among states in refugee protection, and the role of physical distance for legal claims by refugees. Beside that, Dana’s academic interests encompass international legal theory, approaches of critical cosmopolitanism, language rights, and law and literature.


[2017] Review: Itamar Mann, Humanity at Sea. Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, 2016. European Journal of International Law, 28(2), 649-653.

[2017] Global responsibility sharing and the production of superfluity in the context of refugee protection. In S. Salomon, et al. (Eds.), Blurring Boundaries? Human Security and Forced Migration (pp. 23-47). Boston: Brill Press. 

[2017] Verantwortungsteilung im Flüchtlingsschutz: Zu den Problemen „globaler Lösungen“. Zeitschrift für Flüchtlingsforschung, 1(1), 9-40.

[2016] Normative demarcations of the right to life in a globalized world: Conflicts between Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law as markers. Critical Quarterly for Legislation and Law, 99(3), 234-253.

[2016] Review: Otto Depenheuer/Christoph Grabenwarter (Eds.), Der Staat in der Flüchtlingskrise, 2016. Kritische Justiz, 49(2), 260-265.

[2016] Kosmopolitismus zwischen Vereinigung und Differenz. In S. de la Rosa, et al. (Eds.), Transkulturelle politische Theorie. Eine Einführung (pp. 221-240). Heidelberg: Springer.

[2015] Der Flüchtlingsbegriff zwischen kosmopolitischer Brisanz und nationalstaatlicher Ordnung. Kritische Justiz, 48(4), 390-404.

[2015] Review: Christian Volk, Arendtian Constitutionalism. Law, Politics and the Order of Freedom, 2015. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 13(4), 1078-1081.

[2015] Review: Ayten Gündoğdu, Rightlessness in an Age of Rights. Hannah Arendt and the contemporary struggles of migrants, 2015. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 13(2), 551-553.

[2013] Grenzen als Herausforderung für die Demokratie. Zu den Chancen der Internationalisierung des Rechts für die demokratische Inklusion. In M. Kettemann (Ed.), Grenzen im Völkerrecht (pp. 177-192). Wien: Jan Sramek Verlag.

[2013] Review: Marco Goldoni/Christopher McCorkindale (Eds.), Hannah Arendt and the Law, 2012. VRÜ, 46(1), 107-111 (English version).

[2013] Review: Marco Goldoni/Christopher McCorkindale (Eds.), Hannah Arendt and the Law, 2012. Der Staat, 52(3), 488-492 (German version).