Dr. Reut Yael Paz

Licher Strasse 76
35394 Giessen

Telefon +49 641 99 211 58

Fax +49 641 99 211 59

Email         Reut.Y.Paz(at)recht.uni-giessen.de


2000 – 2001 Researcher, FinnEkvit Association: Civic Association for Communicational and Cultural studies across Europe, Helsinki, Finland
2002 – 2004 Social Sciences Research Methods Lectureship, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bar Ilan, Israel
2003 – 2004 Doctoral Researcher, Radzyner School of Law, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzelia, Israel
2008 – 2009 Public International Law Lectureship, the Haim Striks Law School at the College of Management School of Law, Rishon-Le’Zion, Israel
2008 – 2010 Researcher at the Concord – Amicus Curiae Clinic Research Centre for Integration of International Law in Israel
2010 – 2012 Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Faculty of Law, the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Since 2009 Affiliated Research Fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, (University of Helsinki, Finland)
2013 – 2014 Senior Research Fellow of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin, Germany
Since 2014 Postdoc in SFB/TRR 138 Dynamics of Securitization for the project Collective Securitization (with Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn)


PhD Bar-Ilan University (Israel in co-operation with the Faculty of Law, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany and the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland)
LL.M Law Faculty: University of Helsinki, Finland
MA Political Science Faculty: University of Helsinki, Finland
BA Law and Political Science Faculties: University of Helsinki, Finland

Academic Honours and Grants

1998 – 2001 Study Scholarship awarded by Finnish Government (CIMO)
2004 - 2005 Study Scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) The Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig (PhD)
2005 – 2006 Study Scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) The Humboldt University Berlin: Law Faculty (PhD)
2002 – 2008 PhD Presidential Excellency Scholarship awarded by the Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Monographs and Articles

  • A Gateway Between a Distant God & a Cruel World: The Contribution of Jewish German Scholars to International Law. Brill: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2012). www.brill.nl/gateway-between-distant-god-and-cruel-world
  • Religion, Secularism and International Law in Oxford Handbook of International Legal Theory, Eds. Anne Orford and Florian Hofmann, forthcoming.
  • Kelsen’s Pure Theory of Law as “a Hole in Time”/ La Théorie pure du droit de Hans Kelsen comme « un trou dans le temps » in Monde(s) n°7 Juristes, forthcoming.
  • A Forgotten Kelsenian? The Story of Helen Silving-Ryu (1906-1993) European Journal of International Law 2014 25 (4): 1123-1146, available at: ejil.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/4/1123.full
  • The Cologne Circumcision Judgment: A Blow Against Liberal Legal Pluralism? In: Verfassungsblog, on Matters Constitutional, Recht/Kontext, Wissensschaftskolleg zu Berlin, available at: verfassungsblog.de/cologne-circumcision-judgment-blow-liberal-legal-pluralism/ See also an interview in Haaretz: www.haaretz.co.il/magazine/1.1817639
  • Making it Whole: Hersch Lauterpacht and the Rabbinical Approach to International Law, in: Goettingen Journal of International Law 4 (2012) 2, 417-445: www.gojil.eu/issues/42/42_article_paz.pdf and in Alexandra Kemmerer (ed.), Transmigrations. Jewish International Lawyers between Law and Politics, (Oxford and Portland: Hart, 2011), Forthcoming.
  • Between the ‘Public’ and the ‘Private’: A Review Essay on Elihu Lauterpacht. The Life of Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. The European Journal of International Law, Issue Vol. 22 (2011) No. 3. Available at ejil.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/3/863.abstract
  • Review Essay–Erich K. Before the Law: Reflections on Degenhardt’s Study of Erich Kaufmann, 11 German Law Journal, 439-456 (2010). Available at www.germanlawjournal.com/index.php)
  • German Jewish women, International Law & Global Consciousness, in: Karin Gottschalk (ed.), Gender Difference in European Legal Culture: Historical Perspectives, (Germany: Kart, 2010)

Academic Research Interests

The history of international law/relations; European legal history; international environmental law; feminism and international law/relations; the intersection between international politics and international law; the epistemology of IR theories, international legal theory; third world approaches to international law (TWAIL); the sociology of international law and the religious images of international law/relations.