Patricia Schneider is a Non-Resident Fellow at IFSH. She was the academic coordinator of the “Peace and Security Studies” Master’s program. Until further notice, she will continue to serve as the contact person for the University of Hamburg regarding the study program. She also remains Director of the European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) in Venice, appointed by the President of UHH.

She was co-editor of the quarterly journal “S+F. Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace”. Moreover, Patricia Schneider was co-leader of the BMBF-project “PiraT – Piracy and Maritime Terrorism as a Challenge for Maritime Trade Security”. She studied political science and economics at the Universities of Bamberg, Galway/Ireland and Hamburg, and graduated in 1998. In 2003, she earned her PhD at the University of Hamburg with a dissertation on “International jurisdiction as an instrument of peaceful dispute resolution”.

She completed her “Habilitation” (postdoctoral studies) in June 2022 with a dissertation/book on "The Development of Maritime Security and its Governance" and the colloquium topic on "The Use of the International Criminal Court for 'Lawfare'".

Research Profile | Current Projects

At the heart of Patricia Schneider's scientific work is the regulation of conflicts aimed at reducing the risks of collective violence, whether in the area of "peace through law", for example through international criminal justice, or in dealing with states or with non-state actors such as terrorists or pirates, and private actors such as private security companies (at sea), economic actors and their involvement. In the field of Maritime Security and Ocean Governance, her research focuses on the cooperation mechanisms of (inter-) national security actors at mission level (D, VN, EU, NATO) or at the political level. Issues of (maritime) migration are analyzed, in particular with regard to their effects on security and peace in Germany and Europe. Her main research areas are maritime security /Ocean Governance, international terrorism, international jurisdiction and (maritime) migration.

Selected Publications

  • Schneider, Patricia. 2021.
    Dilemmas of European Migration Policies: Failure of Sea Rescue in the Mediterranean or Successful Externalization of Borders?.
    S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 38 (4): 215-227. DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2020-4-215.
  • Schneider, Patricia. 2020.
    When Protest Goes to Sea: Theorizing Maritime Violence by Applying Social Movement Theory to Terrorism and Piracy in the Cases of Nigeria and Somalia.
    Ocean Development & International Law 51 (4): 283-306. DOI: 10.1080/00908320.2020.1781383.
  • Reinke de Buitrago, Sybille, Patricia Schneider. 2020.
    Ocean Governance and Hybridity. Dynamics in the Arctic, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
    Global Governance 26 (1): 154-175. DOI: 10.1163/19426720-02601004.
  • Schneider, Patricia. 2019.
    Seepiraterie und maritimer Terrorismus.
    Bürger & Staat 69 (4): 254-261.
  • Schneider, Patricia. 2021.
    Maritimer Terrorismus und Seepiraterie: aktuelle Herausforderungen.
    In: Der Politische Islamismus als hybrider Akteur globaler Reichweite, edited by Thomas Jäger, Ralph Thiele, 112-138. Berlin: Carola Hartmann Miles Verlag.
  • Schneider, Patricia. 2021.
    Moderne Piraterie.
    unique: interkulturelles Studierendenmagazin für Jena, Weimar & Erfurt 91: 16-18.
  • Hiéramente, Mayeul, Patricia Schneider, ed. 2016.
    The Defence in International Criminal Trials. Observations on the Role of the Defence at the ICTY, ICTR and ICC.
    Demokratie, Sicherheit, Frieden 217. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.