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Christine Schwöbel-Patel

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Director of CCLS

International Law; International Criminal Law; Global Constitutionalism; International Law and the Green Transition; Critical Pedagogy; Political Economy, Aesthetics, Feminism as Critical Approaches to International Law

School of Law
S2.31, Social Sciences Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

024 765 75451

In her research and teaching, Professor Schwöbel-Patel aims to push the discipline of international law to confront new areas of critical enquiry, whether that is in critical approaches to global constitutionalism, critical approaches to international criminal law, or the enabling relationship between capitalism and the green transition. Her critique is informed by a political economy, post-colonial, feminist, and aesthetics lens. With this, Christine reveals the international legal power dynamics and their entanglement with material conditions that influence biases of race, class, and gender.

Professor Schwöbel-Patel has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications, as well as two monographs (Marketing Global Justice, Cambridge University Press 2021 and Global Constitutionalism in International Legal Perspective, Martinus Nijhoff 2011), and two edited collections (Aesthetics and Counter-Aesthetics of International Justice, Counterpress 2024 and Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law, Routledge 2014). She has published in leading journals, including the European Journal of International Law, The Law Teacher, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

Her current research is supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2023-2024, as a visiting fellow of CRASSH, University of Cambridge, and Darwin College Cambridge), and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (2022-2023, Humboldt University in Berlin). The project, titled 'Legal Pipelines of the Green Transition', concerns extractivism in 'post'-colonial spaces and the international laws that support wealth extraction and concentration. Christine has a particular interest in the DRC as an 'old' frontier, and Greenland as a 'new' frontier of extractivism for the green transition.

To find out more about Christine's research, you can listen to the New Books Network podcast or watch a discussion on Marketing Global Justice on YouTube.

For an overview of her most recent projects, you might be interested in a blog post on Legal Pipelines, the conceptualisation of Rosa Luxemburg's Red Ecology, or a talk at the online Historical Materialism conference. For a look at Christine's collaborative research project on Rosa Luxemburg and International Law, see the project website. An overview of her collaboration on design ethics can be found on the Design Research Society webpage.