Johannes Socher

Research Fellow (Asia)

Project Activities


Other Activities and Research Interests

Comparative Administrative Law, Public International Law (in particular History of International Law and Law on the Use of Force), Law & Anthropology, International Criminal Law

Professional Background

Since 08/2017 Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

Since 01/2017 Visiting Lecturer, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg (Germany)

04/2017–07/2017 Visiting Lecturer, Tbilisi State University (Georgia)

Since 11/2016 Master of Laws (LL.M.) "State and Administration in Europe", German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer (Germany)

11/2015–07/2017 Research Associate, German Research Institute for Public Administration, Speyer (Germany)

Since 10/2014 Ph.D. Studies in International Law on "Russia and Self-Determination in the Post-Soviet Space" with research stays at the Universities of Tartu (Estonia) and Kazan (Russia)

11/2011–11/2013 Legal Clerkships at the German Federal Ministry of Economics (Berlin, Germany), Hogan Lovells LLP (Munich Office, Germany), and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Hague (The Netherlands); Second State Examination in Law, Berlin (Germany)

10/2010–09/2011 Master of Science (M.Sc.) "Law, Anthropology and Society", London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom)

04/2007–04/2010 Legal Internships at Clifford Chance LLP (Frankfurt Office, Germany), the German Federal Foreign Office (Berlin, Germany) and the German Embassy Tokyo (Japan)

09/2009–01/2010 Training as Mediator, Munich Center for Dispute Resolution

04/2005–09/2010 Studies of Law, Universities of Heidelberg and Munich; First State Examination in Law, Munich (Germany)


  • Annäherung nationaler Verwaltungssysteme trotz "no gold plating"-Politiken?  [Convergence of national administrative systems despite "no gold plating"-policies?] In: Fraenkel-Haeberle, Cristina/Galetta, Diana-Urania/Sommermann, Karl-Peter (eds.): Europäisierung und Internationalisierung im Vergleich, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2017, pp. 67–78. Further information
  • Lenin, (Just) Wars of National Liberation, and the Soviet Doctrine on the Use of Force, Journal of the History of International Law 2017, pp. 219–245. Further information

Participation in Conferences

Annual Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, 30 May-2 June 2017, Aix-en-Provence (France); Presentation on "The Implementation of the Asylum Procedure Directive in Germany" (together with Marija Peran)