Holger Niemann is Advisor to the Director at IFSH. Previously, he held positions as Research Programme Advisor at Leuphana University Lüneburg and as researcher at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg and the University of Duisburg-Essen. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Duisburg-Essen and was a pre-doctoral visiting fellow at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). His dissertation analyses competing meanings of Security Council responsibility. Holger Niemann is also an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Development and Peace at the University of Duisburg-Essen (INEF).

Research Profile | Current Projects

Holger Niemann’s research activities focus on the social and normative foundations of international order and global governance in the fields of peace and security. He is especially interested in the role of international organizations, international norms, and how legitimacy and responsibility shape contested processes of global governance. His main empirical field of research is the United Nations. Currently, he is working on the structural, organizational, and programmatic changes of the UN Security Council and the increasing importance of veto power in international decision-making processes.

Selected Publications

  • Niemann, Holger. 2021.
    UN Security Council and International Interventions.
    In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies, edited by Oliver Richmond, Gëzim Visoka. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11795-5_16-1.
  • Niemann, Holger. 2019.
    The Justification of Responsibility in the UN Security Council. Practices of Normative Ordering in International Relations.
    Routledge Global Cooperation Series. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Niemann, Holger. 2018.
    Praktiken der Rechtfertigung im UN-Sicherheitsrat. Von der Konstitution zur Koordination normativer Ordnungen durch das Veto.
    ZIB, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 25 (1): 36-64. DOI: 10.5771/0946-7165-2018-1-36.
  • Mondré, Aletta, Holger Niemann, Christian Scheper, Cornelia Ulbert. 2017.
    Praktiken der Verantwortungszuschreibung. Transnationale Regelsetzung und politische Autorität.
    In: Politik und Verantwortung. Analysen zum Wandel politischer Entscheidungs- und Rechtfertigungspraktiken, edited by Christopher Daase, Julian Junk, Stefan Kroll, Valentin Rauer, 358-383. Baden-Baden: Nomos. DOI: 10.5771/9783845271934-359.
  • Niemann, Holger, Henrik Schillinger. 2017.
    Contestation ‘all the way down’? The grammar of contestation in norm research.
    Review of International Studies 43 (1): 29-49. DOI: 10.1017/S0260210516000188.