Areas of Expertise

  • Public international law
  • Climate and international security
  • International peace and security law 
  • Feminist Foreign Policy 
  • Ecocide 

Short Bio

Since January 2022, Dana Schirwon has worked as a research fellow at DGAP’s Center for Climate and Foreign Policy where she conducts research on climate and law. Her research focusses on questions of international law in the context of the climate crisis. She emphasizes international legal solutions to accomplish climate justice globally and pursues a feminist approach.

Previously, Schirwon worked as a law clerk, for example in the legal department of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. Before that, she was a research associate at an international law firm in the fields of German and European energy law, international trade, and public international law. From 2016 to 2017, she was a research associate at the Federal State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Schirwon wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne. Her PhD in the field of international peace and security law was funded by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. In 2019, she spent a research stay at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she concentrated on state practice in the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict. In the same year, she also participated in the PhD program of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Schirwon studied law with a focus on public international law at the University of Cologne and the Uppsala University in Sweden. During her studies, she was a scholar of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.

Schirwon was a Fellow of the Think Tank School 2022.

Policy Project: Mother Earth is sick of manels - The potential of feminist foreign climate policy and how it should be implemented by German Foreign Policy.

The project intends to delineate the main aspects of a feminist foreign climate policy and to analyse avenues for their implementation in practice. It shall illustrate how the most thriving obstacles to climate justice may be addressed by means of feminist foreign policy. The aim is to assess best practices as well as challenges from existing policy initiatives.


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[Last updated: January 2023]


Klimafolgen vor Gericht

Welche völkerrechtlichen Verpflichtungen haben Staaten, den Planeten vor schädlichen Treibhausgas­emissionen zu schützen? Lassen sich Unternehmen juristisch für die Umweltschäden belangen, die sie anrichten? Ein Überblick.

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