Patricia Schneider is senior researcher at the IFSH. She is lecturer and academic coordinator of the “Peace and Security Studies” Master’s program, as well as co-editor of the quarterly journal “S+F. Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace”. She was co-leader of the BMBF-project “PiraT – Piracy and Maritime Terrorism as a Challenge for Maritime Trade Security”. Patricia Schneider 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”.

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

  • Stock, Steffen, Patricia Schneider, Elisabeth Peper, Eva Molitor, ed. 2018.
    Erfolgreich wissenschaftlich Arbeiten. Alles, was Studierende wissen sollten, 2. Auflage.
    Berlin: Springer Gabler.
  • Schneider, Patricia. 2016.
    Migranten und Flüchtlinge als Herausforderung für Deutschland und Europa.
    S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 34 (1): 1-19. DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2016-1-1.
  • 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.
  • Bürgin, Annina, Patricia Schneider. 2015.
    Regulation of Private Maritime Security Companies in Germany and Spain: A Comparative Study.
    Ocean Development & International Law 46 (2): 123-137. DOI: 10.1080/00908320.2015.1024065.
  • Schneider, Patricia. 2014.
    Private Sicherheitsdienstleister zur See: das neue Zulassungsverfahren.
    Marineforum 89 (4): 25-27.
  • Schneider, Patricia, Matthias Winkler. 2013.
    The Robin Hood Narrative: A Discussion of Empirical and Ethical Legitimizations of Somali Pirates.
    Ocean Development & International Law (ODIL) 44 (2): 185-201. DOI: 10.1080/00908320.2013.780871.
  • Schneider, Patricia, Matthias Winkler. 2013.
    Rechtfertigungsmuster von Piraten: Unrechtserfahrung als Quelle von Legitimität für illegale Handlungen?.
    In: Gerechtigkeit − Multidisziplinäre Annäherungen an einen Begriff, edited by Christina Knoll, 93-108. Oberhausen: Athena-Verlag.