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Christoph Sperfeldt

Senior Research Fellow (Centre on Statelessness), University of Melbourne

Dr Christoph Sperfeldt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Academic Convenor of the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative. He came to the issue of statelessness from a bottom-up perspective, examining the development and peace implications resulting from the marginalisation of vulnerable populations. Christoph pursues interdisciplinary research interests in areas of human rights and justice, including statelessness, international and regional human rights protection regimes, and transitional and international criminal justice (with an emphasis on reparations). He has studied these issues particularly in a context of peacebuilding and development cooperation.

Christoph completed his PhD in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow at the Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University, and an Adjunct Professor at the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law, Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Christoph has held visiting positions at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) at the University of Copenhagen, the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) at Tilburg University, the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) at KU Leuven, the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Stanford University. He has published widely in the field of human rights and transitional justice.

Christoph brings to his role at the Centre more than ten years of experience in working on human rights, statelessness and transitional justice, predominantly in Southeast Asia. He was Deputy Director at the Asian International Justice Initiative, a joint program of the East-West Center and the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University, where he supported human rights and rule of law capacity development in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, Christoph was Senior Advisor with the German development agency (GIZ) in Cambodia. In this capacity, he advised the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee and the Victims Support Section at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Christoph has also worked as a consultant on numerous human rights-related projects.