Swantje Schirmer


Swantje Schirmer

  • Short CV

    • Since 09/2018: Research Fellow in the project „Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organizations” (Prof. Tobias Lenz) and Doctoral Student at the GIGA Doctoral Programme and at the Leuphana University Lüneburg

    • 01/2018 - 02/2018: DAAD Scholarship for Field Research in Beirut, Lebanon

    • Internships and student assistant jobs in the German Parliament, at Freiburg University and Tunivisions Media Editing (francophone media corporation based in Tunis)

    • Education: Political Science in a binational Program, Cooperation between Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg and Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence (Sciences Po Aix)

    Current Research

    • Regional Organisation

    • Legitimacy and Legitimation Strategies

    • Human Rights

    Countries and Regions

    • Tunisia

    • Lebanon

    • League of Arab States


    • Why Do Regional Organisations Use Human Rights for Legitimation? Set-theoretic Configurations of Localisation, Agents, and Audiences of Legitimation

    GIGA Focus Global | 4/2021

    Claimed Legitimacy: Appreciating the Diversity of Regional Organisations

    Regional organisations (ROs) are key actors in global and regional governance, and their authority has continuously grown in all world regions. In the face of growing contestation and politicization, these ROs increasingly justify their right to rule. The GIGA Focus Global analyses their legitimation patterns.

    Research Project | 01/06/2018 - 01/05/2023

    Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organizations (LegRO)

    In an era of increasing political challenges to global and regional organizations, it is crucial to understand how they claim legitimacy, and how successful they are in this respect. Yet, we know surprisingly little about the sources and consequences of legitimation in most regional organizations around the world. In this project we thus map the legitimation strategies of a sample of 30 organizations and conduct qualitative comparative case studies on major organizations in the Global South.
    Leibniz Association, 2018-2023

    Zeit Online | Interview | 29/07/2021

    What now? Political Crisis in Tunisia

    RBB Radio Eins | Interview | 25/02/2019

    EU und Arabische Liga wollen enger zusammenarbeiten

    Organiser, Organiser | 24/11/2021

    How do I navigate ethical and safety concerns in challenging research contexts?

    Workshop 24/11/2021

    How do I navigate ethical and safety concerns in challenging research contexts? Reflections from participants based on their own field experiences

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2020

    Introduction to human rights - national, regional and global dimensions

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Arnold Bergstraesser Institute | University of Freiburg | 2017

    International Relations: Globalization and Regionalization

    Arnold Bergstraesser Institute Freiburg Germany University of Freiburg Freiburg Germany


    Sign up to receive email notifications about GIGA activities

    Social Media

    Follow us