Patrick Schneider

Head of Projects

Project Activities

Middle East and North Africa, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Other Activities and Research Interests

Transitional Justice, Security Sector Reform, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Professional and Academic Background

Since 7/2018 Head of Projects, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law

Previous assignments include, inter alia:

International Rule of Law Adviser with the Office of the European Union's Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUSR BiH)

Head of MENA Section at the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ)

Political Advisor to the European Union Integrated Rule of Law Mission for Iraq (EUJUSTLEX IRAQ)

Expert member of the United Nations Security Council Panel of Experts on the Sudan (in charge of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law)

Political Advisor to the Head of Mission of the EU Border Assistance Mission Rafah (EUBAM Rafah)

Information Analyst / Investigator with the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC), Lebanon

Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Advance Mission in Darfur (Sudan)

Human Rights Officer / Head of Field Office Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE), Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Long-and Short Term Election Observation Missions with the OSCE in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and in Kosovo

1999 International Organisation Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), work assignment with UNICEF Damascus (Syria)

1999-2002 Legal Clerkship and Second State Examination at the Higher Regional Court Naumburg (Germany)

1997-1998 Post-graduate scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for Arabic language studies in Damascus (Syria)

1991-1997 Law Studies, Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg (Germany)

Selected Publications

  • Co-author: Final Report of the United Nations Security Council Panel of Experts on the Sudan prepared in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1779 Link (S/2008/647, 11 November 2008)
  • Internationale Politik 09/10 2013: Demokratie ist nicht alles (on transitional justice in Egypt), September 2013, Link
  • "Vom Friedhof der Urteile" (on legal reform in Kurdistan / Iraq, German Association for Arabic and Islamic Law, "GAIR Mitteilungen" October 2015 (p 49 et seq.) Document

Presentations, Lectures and Conferences


  • November 2017 - Chair of a 2-day European Union workshop for senior prosecutors and police officers on The Cooperation between Police and Prosecution in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo
  • June 2016 - Speaker at a conference on "Legal Pluralism and the Promotion of the Rule of Law" at "Evangelische Akademie Loccum" (Germany)
  • September 2015 - speech "The rule of law and economic developments in the MENA-region" at German Trade and Investment, Bonn, Germany
  • April 2015 - presentation on "New Training Methodologies for Arab Judges and prosecutors" at Northumbria University, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle, UK
  • December 2014 - speaker and working-group facilitator, Promotion of the rule of law in North Africa at "Evangelische Akademie Loccum", Germany
  • January 2014 - Accountability in Peace Keeping Operations - A Case Study from the field in Darfur; German Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), Friedrich Ebert Foundation, United Nations Association of Germany
  • November 2013 - German Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF): Chair of the "ZIF After Work Briefing" on EUJUSTLEX-Iraq